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Leadership Awards Gala

2020 Leadership Awards Gala Logo - "It's Your Story" stamped on top of faded script writing in the background

 

The 37th Annual Leadership Awards Gala

The in-person ceremony for the Leadership Awards Gala planned for April 15 has been cancelled due to the University’s decision to cancel or postpone all events through April. We still plan on honoring the hard work and impressive achievements of those selected for Leadership Awards this year, so stay tuned for the announcement of those being recognized!

OHIO’s Division of Student Affairs (DOSA) will be honoring the outstanding leadership and community service work of students and student organizations across Ohio University. DOSA as well as other planning units throughout the University will bestow more than a dozen awards and scholarships upon OHIO students. This year’s gala theme encourages students to reflect upon the story they’ve written for themselves of their time here at Ohio University and what they hope their future holds.

 

 

Awards

Service

Leadership

Diversity/Inclusion

Service

Eyes of Freedom Scholarship - Student Veteran

The Eyes of Freedom Scholarships were created in 2015 by the Combat Veterans Club to honor the memory of the twenty-three United States Marines and the Navy Corpsmen serving in Columbus, Ohio's Lima Company, 3/25, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. One $500 scholarship is awarded annually, administered by the General Abraham and Colonel Greenfield Veterans and Military Student Services Center. This scholarship is awarded to a veteran who has exhausted GI Bill benefits prior to the completion of a four-year degree.

Eyes of Freedom Scholarship - Undergraduate Non-Veteran Student

The Eyes of Freedom Scholarships were created in 2015 by the Combat Veterans Club to honor the memory of the twenty-three United States Marines and the Navy Corpsman serving in Columbus, Ohio's Lima Company, 3/25, who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2005. One $500 scholarship is awarded annually, administered by the General Abraham and Colonel Greenfield Veterans and Military Student Services Center. This scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate non-veteran student.

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

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

The committee for this award shall take into consideration the student's philosophy of leadership and how that is articulated throughout their 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.

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

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.

Leadership

Charles J Ping International Leadership Award

International Student and Faculty Services created this award in 2010 to recognize outstanding leadership by an international student enrolled at Ohio University. This award is named for President Emeritus Charles J. Ping, president of Ohio University from 1975-1994, to honor his support for international education and exchange. President Emeritus Ping's leadership resulted in the expansion of international education at Ohio University. In 2016, a second category was added to recognize leadership and contributions to the international community by students who are not in F-1 or J-1 nonimmigrant status.

Kerrigan Family Scholarship

The Kerrigan Family Scholarship was created by the Kerrigan Family in 2012 to provide financial support to any student with a demonstrated financial need. The recipient must be involved in leadership activity within the Ohio University Athens Campus community and/or the Athens, Ohio community.

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader (Masters Level)

The Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Award will be awarded to a graduate student pursuing their master's degree for outstanding leadership in extracurricular activities and/or community service. All graduate students pursuing a master's degree with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA are eligible. A student may be the recipient of this award once during their tenure at Ohio University.

Outstanding Graduate Student Leader (Doctoral Level)

The Outstanding Graduate Student Leader Award will be awarded to a doctoral graduate student for outstanding leadership in extracurricular activities and/or community service. All doctoral graduate students with a 3.0 or higher cumulative GPA are eligible. A student may be the recipient of this award once during their tenure at Ohio University.

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. 

Outstanding Senior Leader Award & Outstanding Senior Leader - John Newton Templeton Award

The Outstanding Senior Leader Awards will be presented to up to eight Ohio University seniors for outstanding leadership during their collegiate careers. The Outstanding Senior Leader Awards are cumulative awards and are meant to recognize a collegiate record of leadership and service to the University and/or Athens communities.

All full-time undergraduate students with senior standing and a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA are eligible. Students may be the recipients of the Outstanding Senior Leader Award once during their tenure at Ohio University.

One of the Outstanding Senior Leader Awards is designated as the John Newton Templeton Outstanding Senior Leader Award, in honor of the first African American student to graduate from Ohio University in 1828. This award will be presented to a senior student who has made significant contributions to the life of African American students on campus.

Rudy Leadership Award

This award, instituted in 1986, is the result of the contribution of Joel S. and Marlene Rudy. The proceeds of their contribution are used to reward and recognize the exceptional leadership contributions, ability and potential of a currently enrolled undergraduate student who plans to be in attendance at Ohio University during the entire current academic year. All undergraduate students on the Athens Campus who have a 2.5 or higher cumulative GPA at Ohio University and are either first-year, sophomore OR junior standing are eligible.

Student Affairs Employee Scholarships

Established through generous gifts to the Division of Student Affairs Support Fund, student employee scholarships are meant to recognize the important role that students play in the work of the Division of Student Affairs at Ohio University. Scholarships will be awarded to those who demonstrate financial need. Scholarship categories include Academic Excellence and Excellence in the Workplace.

Diversity/Inclusion

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 information 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.

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 aplication 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 information about the Stonewall Campus Leadership Awards

Additional application prompt: Please submit a written (2 page limit) or video essay (no longer than five minutes) that details why you or your organization should be considered for this leadership award, and how you or it has supported LGBT+ individuals and/or causes. 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.

Stonewall Campus Group Leadership Award

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

More information about the Stonewall Campus Leadership Awards

Additional application prompt: Please submit a written (2 page limit) or video essay (no longer than five minutes) that details why you or your organization should be considered for this leadership award, and how you or it has supported LGBT+ individuals and/or causes. 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.

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 information about the Women's Issues Leadership Award

Additional application prompt: Please submit a written (2 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.