Presidential Leadership Medal of Excellence (PLME)




Our 2017 Recipients

 




Seeking Nominations for the 2018 Recipients

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


 Applicants must submit a completed online application by 12:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. See complete details and instructions at http://www.uc.edu/honors/students/plme.html. You do not have to be an honors student to apply.

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.

Clarifying questions or concerns about the application process may be directed to Tricia Yee at tricia.yee@uc.edu or 513-556-6236.