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.
- 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, 2021 - June 1, 2022) and has submitted a graduation application
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.
- 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
- 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
Captain Jeffery K. Davis is a Security Forces Officer assigned to the 56th Security Forces Squadron, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. Captain Davis is 33 years old and was born in Fort Lewis, Washington 29 November 1987. He attended Mountain Crest High School, graduating in 2005. After serving in Germany and Austria from 2007 to 2009 as a missionary for his faith, Captain Davis enrolled in Utah State University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in German. He began in the fall of 2009 while simultaneously enrolling in the university’s AFROTC program with the ambition of serving as an officer in the world’s greatest Air Force. He graduated cum laude with his Bachelor’s Degree in German and earned his commission as a Second Lieutenant on 3 May 2013. Captain Davis entered Active Duty on 30 September 2013 at Francis E. Warren A.F.B., Wyoming. He began Security Forces Technical Training on 6 January 2014 at Camp Bullis, San Antonio, Texas. Upon graduation, he returned to Francis E. Warren Air Force Base as a Flight Commander in the 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron. In April 2015, Lieutenant Davis was competitively selected as the Officer-In-Charge of the Tactical Response Force and the Convoy Commander for nuclear weapon movements. In December of 2015, he was chosen as the Executive Officer for the 90th Security Forces Group. He was assigned to the 435th Security Forces Squadron in October of 2016. He currently served as the Operations Officer responsible for Open-the-Base operations throughout EUCOM and AFRICOM, and Europe’s Regional Training Center. In January of 2018, Captain Davis was selected to serve on Higher Headquarters Staff in Europe, where he led emergent security operations and Mission Assurance across two continents. Captain Davis was assigned to Luke Air Force Base in Arizona in July of 2020. He currently serves as the Operations Officer, overseeing 187 personnel, base criminal investigations, security, Police Services, and integration with civilian police units.
His military awards include the Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Nuclear Deterrence Operations Service Medal, the Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon with service star, the Air Force Training Ribbon, the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (Gold), the Basic Parachutist Badge, and the Air Assault Badge. Captain Davis graduated with a 4.0 GPA from American Military University in October 2020 with a Master’s Degree in Management with an emphasis in Organizational Leadership. He is married to the former Ms. Kelsie Lyn of Avon, Utah, and they have four children: Rachel Lyn, Jesse Keith, Ethan Jeffery, and Olivia Joyce.
Marc Heuermann is a 25-year Air Force and Air National Guard combat veteran retired at the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. He is married with five children and one grandchild and resides in Washington, Illinois. After retiring from the Air National Guard, Marc was CEO of HSH Enterprises, managing a multi-store retail franchise and multi-unit rental properties. Marc is currently contracting for Caterpillar Inc as an electrical engineer. His hobbies include traveling, motorcycle riding, boating, working on classic cars, playing trumpet, playing guitar, and watching his children play sports. Marc is involved in his community as a FIRST Robotics mentor for the Washington Community High school and currently serves a 6-year term as Washington Park district commissioner. He is a lifetime member of EANGUS and NGAI, holds an amateur radio license, and is currently pursuing his MBA at American Military University. Some of his noteworthy accomplishments are the 2013 RadioShack Franchisee of the Year, the second youngest to be promoted to Chief Master Sergeant in the IL Air National Guard, and the only Air National Guard member called back to aircrew service after wings retired.
The submission deadline for 2021 nominations is now closed. Stay tuned later in the year when we begin preparing for the 2022 awards. Contact the University Awards Committee if you have questions.