Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence

Honors Leaders in Action

 

Letter From the President

September 2017

Dear Students and Colleagues:

I am pleased to announce the 2018 Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence competition. This award, now in its seventeenth year, is an honor bestowed upon a few select undergraduates who best exemplify scholarship, leadership, diversity, engagement and the ideals of the University of Cincinnati. The criteria and online application instructions can be found at:  

http://www.uc.edu/president/presidential-awards/plme.html

Students, I urge you to submit an application so that you might be considered for the notable recognition of this award.

Faculty and staff, I encourage you to recommend qualified students for this prestigious award by completing the online recommendation form.

Online recommendations and online applications should be submitted by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Please contact Tricia Yee, PLME Coordinator, at tricia.yee@uc.edu with any questions.

Sincerely,

President Pinto's Signature

Neville Pinto

President

 

About the Award

Established in 2002, the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence (PLME) is a prestigious honor awarded by the University President to exceptional graduating students who best exemplify scholarship, leadership, character, service and the ideals of the University of Cincinnati.

Selection Criteria

To be considered for this year's honor, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. Graduation.   Eligibility for graduation from a baccalaureate degree program in August of the previous academic year, or December or April of the current academic year.
  2. Academic Learning & Discovery.  The nominee has a cumulative University grade point average of 3.2 or better.  S/he also exhibits evidence of high academic excellence (e.g., participation in research and/or the creative arts) and achievement.

    Examples of high academic achievement may include acceptance to prestigious graduate programs, presentations at professional association annual meetings, featured publications in publications that have a regional and/or inter/national circulation, or applications to inter/nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships such as the Goldwater.
  3. Significant Leadership Contribution.  The nominee illustrates innovation, initiative, independence, a positive peer impact, and contributions to a group for sustainability and growth within their organizational involvement.

    Examples include significant leadership in UC co-curricular activities (e.g., advocacy, governance, honorary, service, social or athletic organizations) and is recognized for their organizational contributions at the regional, state, and/or inter/national organizational level.
  4. Community Participation.   The nominee currently participates and gives back to the University and the community.

    Examples include significant participation in community activities, contribution to the community through the creation and/or enhancement of an organization/agency, or application to Teach For America, Americorps, the Truman Scholarship program, etc.
  5. Diversity.  The nominee supports and furthers diversity and is recognized for their contributions at the regional, state, and/or inter/national level.

    Examples include engagement in programs such as the Racial Awareness Program (RAAP) , Accelerating Racial Justice (ARJ), Brother and Sisters Excelling (BASE, Activists Coming Together (ACT), Reclaim Peer Advocate Program, Women in Leadership and Learning (WILL) application to Teach For America or The Peace Corps.
  6. Global Engagement. The Nominee supports and participates in global engagement and has had a significant study abroad.

    Examples could include an application to the Peace Corps, the Foreign Service, the Kiva Fellows Program, a Gilman International Scholarship, or the Fulbright Fellowship Program.
  7. Potential for future success and achievement.   The nominee’s current success is externally validated through local, state, regional, and/or inter/national recognition. 

    This also includes application to the Rhodes, Marshall, Gates-Cambridge, and/or Mitchell Scholarships.

The Application Process

The following step are required for an application to be complete:

  1. Applicant’s must complete the online application

  2. Applicant’s must upload a current resume as part of the online application

  3. Applicants must upload a personal statement as part of the online application of no more than four typed, double-spaced pages, explaining, in terms of the criteria, why you think you should be named a recipient of this award and reflecting on your involvement illustrating innovation, initiative, independence, a positive peer impact, and contributions to a group for sustainability and growth

  4.  A completed online recommendation form and corresponding letter of recommendation from a faculty of the University of Cincinnati to be submitted by the faculty member. Faculty may complete the form and upload recommendations here.

  5. An additional online recommendation form and corresponding letter of recommendation from a staff or administrative member of the University of Cincinnati to be submitted by the staff or administrative member. Staff or administrative members may complete the form and upload recommendations here.  

Beyond the required recommendations from a faculty member and a staff or administrative member, one additional recommendation form and letter may be submitted on behalf of the student.  Any recommendations submitted beyond the third submission will not be considered as part of the review process.

Recommendations forms and letters are to be submitted by the faculty, staff, or administrative member completing the recommendation. All recommendations are to be submitted by the application deadline.


Applicants must submit a completed application by
12:00 PM on Wednesday, November 29, 2017


All applicants must also be available for an interview with the selection committee in January or February 2018.  However, interviews will only be granted to award finalists. Dates for interviews are yet to be determined and will be given to finalists as soon as possible.

Clarifying questions or concerns about the online application and online recommendations may be directed to Tricia Yee, PLME Coordinator, at tricia.yee@uc.edu or 513-556-6236.

Presidential Leadership Medal

Previous Recipients

2017

  • Keavash Assani
  • Wyeth Augustine-Marciel
  • Jade Clark
  • Mohamed Elzarka
  • Juliana Madzia
  • Gika Okonji

2016

  • Priya Chawla
  • Andrew Griggs
  • Jeff Maler
  • Hannah Randolph
  • Caitlin Taylor
  • Zach Tucker

2015

  • Sally Amkoa
  • Brian Barney
  • Caroline Hensley
  • Elliana R. Kirsh 
  • Bhavik Modi
  • Cory Murphy

2014

  • Amara Agomuo
  • Kyle Quinn
  • Brad Theilman
  • Mahima Venkatesh
  • Katie Wesler

2013

  • Lane Hart
  • Megan McDonald
  • William McIlwain IV
  • Nick Shah
  • Mark Schutte

2012

  • Kaitlin Dauner
  • Naomi Fitter
  • Tom Meyer
  • David Watkins

2011

  • Taiwo Adeoye
  • Ravi Grandhi
  • Andrew Smith
  • Shali Zhu

2010

  • Anndrea Moore
  • Paul Kruchoski
  • Alexzandra Spatholt
  • Li Tan

2009

  • Sonya Mueller
  • Ryan Rosensweig
  • Ashley Verhoff

2008

  • Monique Jindal
  • Jerry Tsai
  • Ryan Vose

2007

  • Dominic Berardi
  • Joyce Kasee
  • Jessica King

2006

  • Marcus Bethay
  • Andrew Burke
  • Benjamin Hines
  • Jessica Kinnemeyer
  • Denise Leone

2005

  • Rachel Jarvis
  • Justin Shafer
  • Steven Trepkowski

2004

  • Cindy Chiang
  • Dominic Iacobucci
  • Payal Modi
  • Rob Reinerman
  • Smitri Srivastava

2003

  • Jay Hummel
  • Jeanette McClellan
  • Manasseh Robinson

2002 (Inaugural Year)

  • Georgina Ginn
  • Yogini Kanthi
  • Jaime McCauley
  • Robert Richardson