Leadership Awards History


In 1983, the annual leadership awards ceremony was created to recognize the outstanding work of individuals and student organizations at Ohio University. In 2008, for the event's 25th anniversary, the Division of Student Affairs transformed the reception to what is now known as The Leadership Awards Gala, a grand evening in celebration of our students and their outstanding demonstration of­character, commitment, civility, community, and citizenship.

These awards are given to show appreciation and encouragement of student leadership at Ohio University by identifying student involvement and excellence through an awards recognition ceremony. ­


30th Annual Leadership Awards Gala Recap

During the 30th Annual Leadership Awards Gala, students were not only recognized, but were also presenters of the awards. Previous winners, Homecoming Ambassadors, and representatives of leadership organizations on campus were a bigger part of this year's production. ­

Homecoming Ambassadors Victoria Reagan and Kerri Van Reeth

Pictured (left to right): ­Victoria Reagan and Kerri Van Reeth (2012 Homecoming Ambassadors

From Left to Right - Mrs McDavis, Dr. McDavis and Dr. Lombardi

Pictured­(left to right): Mrs. McDavis, President McDavis and Vice President Lombardi present a Senior Leader Award

The OHIO Compass article that posted the day after this year's event quoted Vice President for Student Affairs Ryan Lombardi saying “Leadership is not just about people, it’s about opportunity. It’s how we make the most of those opportunities that come before us. OHIO is full of opportunities—it’s a place where transformation occurs. The students we celebrate tonight have fully grasped those opportunities. They’ve taken full advantage and in doing so have created more opportunities for our institution and for future Bobcats.”

2013 Award Winners

Blackburn/Spencer Scholarship and Achievement Awards

Kaila Brown
Tiarra Comer
Kamerynn Harrah
Gabrielle Kisner
Christina Myles
Tessa Scott

Charles J. Ping International Student Leadership Award (individual)

Juiqing Cheng

Latino Heritage Achievement Award

Natalie Mahomar
Alexandra Taylor
Ivan Velez

Francine Childs Diversity Leadership Award

Brittainy Erby

The Edwin L. Kennedy Leadership Award for Outstanding Community Service (Student Organization)

Chi Sigma Iota

The Edwin L. Kennedy Leadership Award for Outstanding Community Service (Individual)

Melinda Ruberg

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Awards (Doctoral)

Laura Pressley

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Awards (Master)

Tynita White

Outstanding Programming Awards

Empowering Women of Ohio
International Student Union (ISU)
Phi Beta Sigma
Students Teaching About Racism in Society (STARS)­

Outstanding Senior Leader Awards (individuals)

Zachary George
Kayla Hardimon
Drew Hudson
Laura Hyde
Hilary Johnson
Thomas McKenzie
Madisen Medley
Danielle Parker
Amelia Shaw

The Pepsi Ohio University Campus Leadership Scholarships

Hannah Back
Joshua Frash
Danielle Fultz
Mollie Geske
Jackson Lavelle
Alex Martinez
Daniel Mulvey
Jordan Taylor
Jordan Tyner
Ryan Vollrath
Cidnye Weimer
Lauretta Werner

The Rudy Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Leadership (individual)

Alexandra Slaymaker

The Stonewall Leadership Award (individual)

Ryan Vollrath

Women's Issues Leadership Awards

Hannah Dunn
Laura Hyde

Career and Leadership Development Center