The John F. Beard Award

The John F. Beard Award is intended to honor the highest ideals and achievements in compassionate health care service to Augusta University Health, to foster and encourage habits of compassion and kindness, and to identify someone who has unselfishly given to patients, the patient's family, and demonstrated compassion in the Augusta University Health community.

The $40,000.00 award is designed for graduating students during the academic year, in either the fall or spring semester, from the Schools of Allied Health, Medicine, Nursing, Graduate Studies and post-baccalaureate students from these schools. A nominees' academic record will not be considered. Instead, judges will be asked to select the person they feel has shown the most extraordinary compassion while providing health care in the communities served by Augusta University Health.

Criteria for Nomination

A graduating student who is considered to have performed significant, meritorious, and compassionate service to AU Health patients, the patient's family or the Augusta University/AU Health community without expectation of recognition or reward. The academic record of the nominees will not be considered. 

This award is funded by Mr. and Mrs. William Porter "Billy" Payne. It memorializes Martha Payne's father and honors Augusta University President Emeritus Francis J. Tedesco and Dr. Mark F. Williams.

Students, faculty and academic or hospital departments may nominate. Nomination forms should be used although nominators are encouraged to provide supplemental materials. A thorough nomination enhances the review of a candidate's merits. The Beard Award selection committee will consider each student nominated.