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President's Award

The President’s Award recognizes a graduate, who has set themselves apart from their classmates academically and has made significant contributions to their nation and/or their community. The award recognizes their commitment to service, scholastic achievement, outstanding character, and leadership.

The award is given to one master’s student and one bachelor’s student from each annual graduating class. 

Selection Criteria

  • Graduate (bachelor's and master's level) with a 4.00 GPA 
  • Have made a significant contribution to their community and/or nation
  • Have made a significant contribution to their discipline or professional practice
  • Demonstrate strong leadership skills both professionally and personally
  • Graduate with an inspiring story of courage, leadership, dedication, etc.
  • Graduate of the current graduating class (August 1, 2020 - June 1, 2021) and has submitted a graduation application

Nomination Process

Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, alumni, and those familiar with the nominee’s work.

Nominations will be accepted through February 1, 2021.

Required Documentation

All materials should be submitted in one complete application. Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered. Submit the President's Award application form along with the following:

  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or supervisor. The letter should specifically address how applicants meet the requirements for the award. Applicants are encouraged to provide a summary of the award to the recommendation letter writer
  • An original, inspiring essay of no more than 1,000 words that outlines why the applicant is an exceptional candidate for the award; including concrete examples of how the applicant meets each of the requirements for this award
  • A current professional resume
  • Any additional supporting documentation endorsing their application

All materials are to be submitted in one complete application.

Selection Process

  • The University Awards Committee reviews submissions
  • Top candidates are submitted to the Office of the President for final review and approval
  • There may be more than one award winner selected in a calendar year (based on the discretion of the review committee and the President's final approval); however, if no qualified candidates are nominated, the award may not be given

Commencement Attendance

  • Award recipients will be honored during Commencement weekend, and should we have an in-person celebration, one night accommodations and individual travel expenses to attend Commencement will be paid for by the University
  • Award recipients receive a crystal trophy
  • Award recipients are not required to attend Commencement to accept the award

Contact the University Awards Committee if you have questions about an award or about collecting supporting documentation during the nomination process.

Submit a Nomination