The Society’s Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement was founded on the occasion of the Tenth Annual Dinner on December 12, 1908, in commemoration of the tenth anniversary of the Society.
Every year, the Society presents its Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement to a prominent person in recognition of leadership, citizenship and contributions to the arts, science, education and industry. In addition to the honor itself, The Pennsylvania Society contributes to a Pennsylvania charity chosen by the recipient of the Gold Medal, subject only to the approval of the Society Council.
On an occasional basis, the Society presents the Distinguished Citizen of the Commonwealth Award to a Pennsylvanian whose actions have benefited the Commonwealth. Honorees have included Princess Grace of Monaco, Justice Samuel Roberts, Ray S. Walker, Lewis J. Appell, Jr., Susan Hirt Hagen, John H. Glick, William F. Hecht and James H. Miller, James J. Maguire Sr. and Sister Mary Scullion.