In the 2009 the McKay Prize for Vergilian Studies was awarded to Professor Jan M. Ziolkowski of Harvard University and Professor Michael C.J. Putnam of Brown University for their work, The Virgilian Tradition: The First Fifteen Hundred Years.
The Vergilian Society was founded in 1937 with the following objectives: "In order . . . to celebrate the ties of culture between Italy and America, a Society has been formed in Italy and named after Vergil."
The purpose of this Society is to promote the study of Vergil by means of lectures, conferences, publications, and reports of excavation that have a bearing upon Vergil's works. Membership is open to any person who is interested in the study of Vergil.