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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. The selected candidates are extended the opportunity to deliver the student honor’s address at their respective graduation ceremony.

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, 2019 - June 1, 2020) 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, 2020. Submit a nomination.

If you have questions about an award, please contact the University Awards Committee.

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 brief 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 and, if chosen, what message would be delivered to the graduating class.
  • A current professional resume.
  • Any additional supporting documentation endorsing their application.

All materials are to be submitted in one complete application.

Selection Process

  • Submissions are reviewed by the University Awards Committee.
  • 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.

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