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New Presidential Leadership Award Honors Outstanding Undergraduates

Date: Jan. 7, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

University of Cincinnati administrators, faculty and staff should keep an eye out for something that will be coming to their mailboxes in mid- January. They'll be receiving the candidate nomination forms for candidates to receive the Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence, a new university-wide award to recognize outstanding undergraduate students who have exemplified the leadership, character, service and ideals of the University of Cincinnati.
Photo of the medal

Vice President Mitchel Livingston indicated that the award committee will make recommendations to UC President Joseph A. Steger on who should receive the annual award. Recipients will be honored with a medal, cast in bronze, with the university crest displayed on the front and their name and the date they received the award engraved on the back of the medal.

The winners of the first Presidential Leadership Medals of Excellence will be announced at the University Recognition Ceremony on May 19. Recipients will wear their medals at graduation and will also be honored at the spring Commencement ceremony.

The annual award will be presented to a minimum of two and a maximum of five graduating students each year. To qualify for this year's award, students must be graduating between August 2001 and June 2002.

Students must also meet the following criteria for consideration:

  • Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Participation and leadership in UC co-curricular activities (governance, honorary, service, social or athletic organizations)
  • Citizenship and service to UC and the external community
  • Student advocacy, an appreciation of diversity and creativity
  • Potential for future success and achievement

    Also in order to be eligible for consideration, students must have the support of two UC faculty, staff or administrators. One member can fill out the nomination form, plus the student must have another letter of recommendation from a UC representative.

    In addition to the completed nomination and letter of recommendation, students must submit a resume and essay detailing why they qualify for the honor. All of these materials must be sent to the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs and Human Resources by noon, March 1, 2002. Photo of the medal

    After a review of the materials, the committee will interview selected finalists early in the spring quarter, and will make its recommendation for recipients to President Joseph A. Steger, who will make the final selection to be announced at the University Recognition Ceremony.

    Philip Way, director of the Honors Scholars program, is chair of the committee, and Lucy Croft, director, Student Organizations and Activities, is a liaison to the committee. Questions about submissions and qualifications for the award should be submitted to Tammy Wszola, administrative coordinator, at 556-6226.

    Click here for an application.

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