Excerpt from the OSU President Byrne's University Day speech, September 1987, regarding the Beaver Champion Award:
"Oregon State University President's award for outstanding effort and achievement of excellence, extra effort beyond that requested, and performance of the highest quality. It has intrinsic value in that it is a work of art produced by an outstanding Oregon artist, sculptor Kenneth M. Scott. The bronze casting is of a beaver in action in its own environment. The funds for this award were contributed by a private donor."