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Awards & Recognition

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We believe in celebrating and recognizing our outstanding students, alumni, and faculty for their dedication to service, education, and their professional fields. Applications for these distinct awards are accepted annually in February and presented during the university's annual commencement ceremony.

Selected through a highly competitive process, each recipient has made a lasting impact on society and the university community through outstanding professional, philanthropic, or volunteer accomplishments.  

The deadline for 2020 nominations has now passed. Please stay tuned for announcements from the University Awards Committee regarding deadlines for 2021.


Academic Scholar Awards

Recognize excellence in scholarly conduct, accomplishment, and contributions during a student's time at the University.

Alumni Service Award

Recognizes exceptional alumni who have rendered distinctive service to their community, or to society as a whole.

Chapter Advisor of the Year Award

Is presented to an individual who sets a high standard and provides exemplary service to the organization and its leadership team.

Distinguished Graduate Award

Recognizes exceptional graduates who have set themselves apart by making significant contributions to our nation or their community. These members demonstrate a strong interest in supporting a lifetime of military or public service.

Dr. Wallace E. Boston Leadership Award

Recognizes a member of the APUS community (student, alumni, faculty, administrator, or university partner) in recognition of outstanding leadership, for their significant impact on their community, industry, or the world around us.

Excellence in Service Award

Recognizes outstanding University staff members for quality and dedicated work.

Faculty Awards

Recognize outstanding faculty at the graduate and undergraduate levels who demonstrate teaching excellence, are University leaders and scholars, and are dedicated to leading our students into the future.

James P. Etter Creativity and Innovation Award

Recognizes an outstanding member of the APUS community for innovative and dedicated work that has inspired the APUS community.

Outstanding Campus Leader Award

Recognizes a student leader who has contributed significantly to an organization, going above and beyond to engage members.

Outstanding New Organization Award

Recognizes a newly established organization that has created a positive presence at the university and has collaborated with other student organizations or university departments to ensure they have a firm foundation for their chapter.

President's Award

Recognizes a graduate who has set him- or herself apart from their classmates academically and has made significant contributions to his or her nation or community. Recognizing their commitment to service, scholastic achievement, outstanding character, and leadership.

Student Organization Chapter of the Year Award

Recognizes an organization that has exemplified outstanding achievements in leadership, engagement, service, and commemoration.

Student Speaker Award

Recognizes one master’s student and one bachelor’s student from each annual graduating class. The selected candidates are extended the opportunity to deliver the student honor’s address at their respective graduation ceremony.