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Academic Scholar Award

The Academic Scholar Award recognizes excellence in scholarly conduct, accomplishment, and contributions during the student's time at American Public University.

The award is given to one graduate and one undergraduate student from each academic school in the current graduating class. Each graduating class includes six conferrals: August 1, October 1, December 1, February 1, April 1, and June 1.

Selection Criteria

  • Minimum GPA: 3.70 (undergraduate) and 3.90 (graduate)
  • Have high levels of engagement and rapport with instructor and peers in the classroom
  • Have consistent participation in discussion forums, etc.
  • Have made an impact on peers and leadership at the University through co-curricular or service activities
  • Additional leadership or scholarly achievements that can be documented by the nominator

Nomination Process

  • Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and those familiar with the nominee’s work
  • Nominees will be notified and asked to provide a narrative of no more than 250 words or a 2-minute video reflecting on their time at APU
  • Top candidates in each academic school are presented to the University Provost for review
  • The University Provost grants final approval

Required Documentation

All materials are to be submitted in one complete packet on the award nomination form. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  • A complete nomination form
  • A letter of recommendation from a faculty member. The letter must provide examples of how the student has made excellent contributions to the classroom by engaging with the content and/or leadership among their peers throughout the class. You may want to give your recommendation writer a summary of the award
  • An example of a high-quality assignment from your studies, including faculty feedback
  • Link to an online portfolio, link Portfolium (optional)
  • A reflection of your time at APU. The reflection may be submitted as a narrative of no more than 250 words or a video of no more than two minutes
  • Your current professional resume

Selection Process

  • Nominations are accepted at each conferral throughout the year
  • Top candidates in each academic school are presented to the Academic Awards Committee for review
  • The University Provost grants final approval

Commencement Attendance

  • Award recipients receive one night accommodations and individual travel expenses to attend Commencement
  • Award recipients are recognized during Commencement weekend
  • Award recipients receive a plaque and medallion to be worn at Commencement
  • Award recipients are not required to attend Commencement to accept the award

Nominations are due by January 25, 2021, with additional documentation due by February 1, 2021.

Contact the University Awards Committee if you have questions.

Submit a Nomination