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Student Organization Awards

Student Organization Awards

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The Arnold Allyship Student Group Award

The Arnold Allyship Student Group 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 organization 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 the nominated group has contributed to creating inclusive campus and/or community environments where all LGBTQ+ individuals can be full and equal participants.

Fraternity and Sorority Life LGBTQ+ Allyship Award

The Fraternity and Sorority Life LGBTQ+ Allyship Award is designed to recognize a fraternity or sorority that has demonstrated outstanding student leadership in 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 the fraternity or sorority group has supported LGBTQ+ individuals and/or movements.

Stonewall Student Group Leadership Award

The Stonewall Leadership Award is designed to recognize outstanding student organization 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 the organization should be considered for this leadership award, and how it has supported LGBT+ individuals and/or causes.

Outstanding Programming Award

Established in 1986, these awards recognize student organizations for conceiving, planning and implementing outstanding programs on the Ohio University Athens Campus.

Three outstanding active or passive programs will be recognized: spring semester of last academic year, fall semester of the current academic year and spring semester of the current academic year. In addition, one late night program will be recognized. A late-night program constitutes any active or passive program that occurs during a Thursday, Friday or Saturday evening and must not have ended before midnight.

All registered student organizations in good standing with the Office of Community Standards and Student Responsibility and SAC are eligible to apply.

Edwin L. Kennedy Leadership Award for Community Service

Named in honor of Alumnus Edwin L. Kennedy, this award serves to recognize an organization for its lasting and selfless acts of leadership as a servant to one's community.

The committee for this award shall take into consideration the organization's philosophy of leadership and how that is articulated throughout the organization's actions in service.

Applicants should make great attempts to describe the initiatives created, explain the depth and extent of the service involvement and articulate how leadership occurred or was developed and/or exercised in the experiences.