The Walden Prize for Graduate and Undergraduate Papers is awarded annually to an outstanding emerging scholar in popular culture studies. Walden Prize awardees receive recognition, an honorarium, and complimentary registration for the upcoming conference.
The Loretta Lorance Volunteer Recognition Award is granted to a member who has contributed to the growth and success of the Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association through service and leadership.
The Ralph Donald Award recognizes an outstanding paper and presentation delivered at MAPACA’s annual conference. This award is named in honor of Ralph Donald, who joined the MAPACA board in 1990 and served as The Almanack’s founding editor.
The Divine Impact Award (DIA) recognizes outstanding creative or scholarly achievement in the production, performance, or scholarly consideration of popular culture that exhibits exceptional contribution, longevity, originality, and impact.