This award, formerly recognized by COS, is given in odd-numbered years as a cash prize of at least $1000. It is presented to the author of an outstanding paper published in the four preceding years in The Condor. The society may choose not to grant an award. Funds for the award come from a bequest from Mr. Painton. A summary of this award, with winners from 1961-1993, is published in The Condor.