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Diversity & Allyship Awards

Diversity and Allyship Awards

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The Arnold Allyship Student Award

The Arnold Allyship Student Award was named in honor of Ohio University’s first LGBT Center administrative associate, Becky Arnold. It was established in 2020. The award recognizes an Ohio University student that has demonstrated outstanding and active allyship toward improving the lives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer communities on and off campus.    

Additional application prompt: Please submit a 50–100 word, written explanation of how you or the nominated group have contributed to creating inclusive campus and/or community environments where all LGBTQ+ individuals can be full and equal participants.

Francine Childs Diversity Leadership Award

This award represents the most prestigious diversity honor bestowed upon an OHIO student. Recipients will be individuals who promote the principles of social justice, leadership, cultural diversity and service to the campus and/or region.

More info about the Francine Childs Diversity Leadership Award

Additional application prompt: Nominations may be written (2 page limit) or a video essay (no longer than five minutes). If submitting a video essay, you may submit a link in a word document to a YouTube video. Please feel free to have your video set to "private", where only those with the link will be able to view it. It does not have to be a.    public video. Nominations should include a description of how the candidate has advanced institutional diversity and inclusion goals, including:

  • Evidence of leadership excellence in the advancement of social justice and equality within and/or outside the university
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity through campus and community involvement
  • Examples of encouraging and motivating collaborations to promote inclusively
  • Demonstration of creative or innovative work to advance the academic success or leadership capabilities for underrepresented populations (e.g. first generation college students, minorities, women in STEM, etc.)

Latino Heritage Achievement Award

The Latino Heritage Achievement Awards were established to recognize outstanding students of Latino descent. All full-time undergraduate students of Latino descent at the Ohio University Athens Campus with 24 or more completed credit hours and a 2.75 cumulative GPA are eligible to apply. Continuing seniors must be enrolled at least one semester during the current academic year to be eligible.

The LGBT Center Student Hart Award

The LGBT Center Student Hart Award was named in honor of Ohio University’s first LGBT Center director, Mickey J. Hart, and was established in 2020. The award recognizes outstanding community care that improves the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or queer communities that reside on and off campus.  

Additional application prompt: Please submit a 50–100 word, written explanation of how you created inclusive campus and/or community environments where all LGBTQ+ individuals can be full and equal participants.

Martha Jane Hunley Blackburn/Donald A. Spencer Scholarship and Achievement Awards

The Blackburn/Spencer Scholarship and Achievement Awards were established by the Black Student Cultural Programming Board in 1979 in honor of Martha Jane Hunley Blackburn, the first African American woman to graduate from Ohio University and Donald A. Spencer, the first African American to serve as chairman of the Ohio University Board of Trustees. Recipients are selected based on a combination of financial need, academic performance and outstanding contributions to Ohio University.

Additional application prompt: Please submit a written Personal Autobiography (not more than 3 pages typed, double spaced, 12 point font) that details the following information:

  1. Reason for your application
  2. Personal/Family background
  3. Highlights of your extracurricular activities, community service and leadership experiences
  4. Career aspirations

Stonewall Student Leadership Award

The Stonewall Leadership Award is designed to recognize outstanding student leadership that improves the lives of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer communities on and off campus.

More info about the Stonewall Campus Leadership Awards

Additional application prompt: Please submit a 50–100 word, written explanation of why you should be considered for this leadership award, and how it has supported LGBT+ individuals and/or causes.

Women's Issues Leadership Award

This award recognizes a student who has shown outstanding leadership and/or community involvement on women's and gender issues or has raised consciousness about those issues.

More info about the Women's Issues Leadership Award

Additional application prompt: Please submit a written (two-page limit) or video essay (no longer than five minutes) that details why you should be considered for this leadership award, and how they have contributed to advancing women and gender issues on campus, in the community, and beyond. If submitting a video essay, you may submit a link in a word document to a YouTube video. Please feel free to have your video set to "private," where only those with the link will be able to view it. It does not have to be a public video.