- Bicentennial Medal (2020)
- IUPUI Spirit of Philanthropy Award (2003)
James G. Beaudry was an Assistant Professor of French at IUPUI. His academic interests were the "Essais" of Montaigne and French-speaking Canadian literature and civilization.
Believing that the study of a foreign language must include immersion in the culture, Beaudry and his wife, Agnes, have long been proponents of study abroad experience for their students. To that end, the Beaudrys established the Beaudry Scholarship for Prospective French Teachers to allow students to study their craft in French universities. This scholarship adds to their history of generosity to the School of Liberal Arts. Earlier, Beaudry endowed the Beaudry Summer Scholarship for French and Francophone Studies and provided additional funds to renovate space to create a language resource center, now known as the Beaudry Resource Center.
Beaudry himself had a long career as a student. He started as a student at St. Mary's College, where earned a B.A. in 1949. He went on to receive an MA degree from Laval University in Canada in 1956, a D.Th. from the University of Montreal in 1960. A decade later, he completed another MA at the University of Illinois. It was there he earned his Ph.D. in 1973.
In 2020, James G. Beaudry was presented the Bicentennial Medal for his distinguished contributions to Indiana University.