James Y. Simms Award



Simms Award


The 2012 James Y. Simms Award recipient is Andrew Luke Hargroder '12
Pictured with Luke is Lt. Col Rucker Snead '81, Dr. James Y. Simms and President Christopher B. Howard


Joshua Aho
The 2011 James Y. Simms Award recipient is Joshua Douglas Aho '11.  The Simms award is given annually to a graduating senior who has distinguished himself in the study of national security issues and who has evidenced a desire to make a commitment to the advancement of American's national security interests. 
James Y. Simms, Jr., A.J. Dalton '09, Pres. Walter Bortz
(l - r) Dr. James Y. Simms, 2009 Coleman Award
recipient Andrew J. Dalton '09, and Hampden-Sydney
College President Walter M. Bortz III.

(l - r) Dr. James Y. Simms, 2008 Coleman Award
recipient David J. Grisdale '08, and Hampden-Sydney
College President Walter M. Bortz III.

(l - r) Dr. James Y. Simms, 2007 Coleman Award
recipient Ryan Paul Alexander '07, and Hampden-Sydney College President Walter M. Bortz III.

 Michael Handlan with ...
(l - r) Mr. Brian Coleman (OBE), 2006 Coleman Award recipient Michael Handlan '06, Hampden-Sydney College President Walter M. Bortz III and Wilson Center Director David E. Marion.

In 2010, the Coleman Award was renamed in honor of Dr. James Y. Simms, History Professor Emeritus.  The Coleman Award had been established through a gift from Mr. Brian Coleman, a former assistant director of M15 and Officer of the most Excellent Order of the British Empire. Coleman was also a participant in the 2004 "War on Terrorism: Three Years After" conference.

The Coleman Award is presented to a graduating senior who has distinguished himself in the study of national security issues and who has evidenced a desire to make a commitment to the advancement of American's national security interests. 

The 2009 recipient, Andrew J. (A.J.) Dalton, completed the Society of '91 Program in addition to the Military Leadership/National Security Studies Program. He served as secretary for the College Republicans. He was also secretary of the Theta Chi Fraternity as well as marshal, overseeing all the activities of new members. He also wrote an excellent senior research paper. 

The 2008 recipient, David J. Grisdale, was a member of the Army ROTC Program and one of the top cadets in the University of Richmond Spider Battalion for four years. As a freshman he received a Three Year Army ROTC Scholarship. He took advantage of various Army summer training and leadership development opportunities to include Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA; the Northern Warfare School at Ft. Greely, AK; and the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Ft Lewis, WA and Drill Cadet Leadership Training at Ft Jackson, SC. He is an Applied Mathematics major with a minor in Military Leadership and NationalSecurity Studies. Upon commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the Army at graduation, he reported to active duty to serve as a Platoon Tactical Officer at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Ft Lewis, WA. with eventual placement as an armor platoon leader with the 1st Armored Division at Ft. Riley, KS. 

The 2007 recipient, Ryan Alexander, transferred as a junior from the Virginia Military Institute. He was a leader in the University of Richmond ROTC Program, culminating with service as the Cadet Battalion Commander his last semester. He served in the VA National Guard for the three years as a member of Charlie Company, 1st of the 116th Infantry Regiment of the 29th Infantry Division. Upon commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army at graduation, he was to report to active duty for training and eventual assignment as an infantry platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division. 

The 2006 recipient, Michael Handlan, was also the recipient of the 2006 George C. Marshall ROTC Award as the top ROTC Cadet in the University of Richmond ROTC Program. He served as the Cadet Battalion Commander, the first time a H-SC student has been selected to serve in this position. He was also a four-year varsity football player, a member of the men's chorus, a graduate of the Society of '91, ODK member, member of the campus fire department, member of ACS, and Secretary of the Tiger Athletic Club.
Military Leadership/National Security Studies Program Certificate Recipients
Military Leadership/National Security Studies Certificate Program