Awards and Recognition

The Annual Student Leadership Awards is an event in which we celebrate and recognize our student leaders, organizations and advisors for their contributions to the Kent State community during the current academic year. As part of the evening's celebration, the newly elected directors and senators of the Undergraduate Student Government take the Oath of Office and the incoming USG president delivers their inaugural address.

Stay tuned for the date of our 2020-21 program!

NOMINATION PROCESS

The nomination process is hosted online and links to the applications being found below. Faculty, staff, students, and community members may submit a nomination for the categories listed below for themselves or a peer/colleague. Nominees must meet the award criteria

Submissions typically open mid-February and remain open for one month. Finalists and their nominators will be notified via email with an invitation to the event.

Please contact lead@kent.edu with questions.

  

STUDENT LEADERSHIP Awards

Outstanding Senior Leader Award

The Outstanding Senior Leader Award is presented to a senior who has displayed outstanding leadership and a sustained commitment to academic excellence, community involvement, and service to the University and Kent community throughout their college career. Nominators should indicate ways in which the candidate has demonstrated good scholarship and exceptional campus participation in both breadth and depth.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in at least 8 undergraduate credit hours
  • Earned a minimum of 90 credit hours
  • Have a current cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

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Outstanding Emerging Leader Award

The Outstanding Emerging Leader Award is presented to a freshman or sophomore student who has shown tremendous growth and leadership promise through their campus involvement and contributions to student life.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in at least 8 undergraduate credit hours
  • Earned less than 60credit hours
  • Have a current cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

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Purposeful Leader Award

The Purposeful Leader Award is presented to a student who has demonstrated a strong sense of personal awareness and development. Nominees should have shown a commitment to personal and university values and engaging others to actively reflect on their own values.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in at least 8 undergraduate credit hours
  • Have a current cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

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Servant Leader Award

The Servant Leader Award is presented to a student who has exemplified leadership through their desire to serve others. Candidates should have demonstrated ways in which they empower their peers and have an investment in the growth and development of others.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in at least 8 undergraduate credit hours
  • Have a current cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

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Peer Mentorship Award

The Peer Mentorship Award is presented to a student who has served as a mentor or peer educator to their fellow students, team members, or classmates. Candidates should have demonstrated a commitment to sharing their knowledge, abilities, and experiences to help develop the capacities of others.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in at least 8 undergraduate credit hours
  • Have a current cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

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Unsung Hero Award

The Unsung Hero Award is presented to a student who has shown that leadership can be enacted from anywhere within a group. Candidates should have demonstrated a commitment to positively influence a program or organization from behind the scenes with a willingness to help in whatever capacity necessary.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in at least 8 undergraduate credit hours
  • Have a current cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

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Kent State Impact Award

The Kent State Impact Award is presented to a student whose presence has had far-reaching impact on the university community. Candidates should have demonstrated innovation in addressing a university need, whose leadership has created a positive campus environment, and who has enhanced the overall quality of student life.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in at least 8 undergraduate credit hours
  • Have a current cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

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Flash Humanitarian Award

The Flash Humanitarian Award is presented to a student who has exemplified integrity, service, and social responsibility, with a demonstrated commitment to the welfare of the greater campus and Kent State community. Candidates should have demonstrated a commitment to projects and initiatives that positively contributes to their communities.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in at least 8 undergraduate credit hours
  • Have a current cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

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Vanguard for Change Award

The Vanguard for Change Award is presented to a student who has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, justice, equity, and service. Candidates should have implemented programs, projects, or initiatives that address social inequities.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Enrolled in at least 8 undergraduate credit hours
  • Have a current cumulative GPA of at least 2.5

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STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARDS

Advisor Excellence Award

The Advisor Excellence Award is presented to a faculty/staff advisor that has devoted time and energy to bettering the organization and its individual members. Candidates should have demonstrated consistent support to the organization, as well as challenging the organization to reach new heights.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Serve as a faculty or staff member at Kent State University
  • Be listed as the organization advisor in the nominating organization's Engage portal

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Organization Excellence Award

The Organization Excellence Award is presented to a registered student organization whose members have demonstrated a strong ability to promote its values and ideals, used innovative methods in reaching their goals, and whose members have made significant contributions to the Kent State community.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered student organization in good standing with the Center for Student Involvement
  • Have an up-to-date Engage portal

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Service Excellence Award

The Service Excellence Award is presented to a student organization who goes above and beyond to educate the community on social issues and give back through community service.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered student organization in good standing with the Center for Student Involvement
  • Have an up-to-date Engage portal

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Rookie of the Year Award

The Rookie of the Year Award is presented to a new registered student organization which has demonstrated the potential to provide strong leadership on campus and the ability to make a positive impact on Kent State University.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered student organization in good standing with the Center for Student Involvement
  • Have an up-to-date Engage portal
  • Been in existence for a maximum of four semesters

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Programming Excellence Award

The Programming Excellence Award is presented to a registered student organization that has implemented a program that had a substantial and positive impact on campus through its innovation and distinctiveness.

Candidates for this award must also meet the following criteria:

  • Be a registered student organization in good standing with the Center for Student Involvement
  • Have an up-to-date Engage portal
  • Program described must have occurred during the 2019 calendar year

Submit A Nomination