The Student Leadership awards recognize outstanding student leaders who significantly enhance learning inside and outside the classroom. Leadership can be seen as the accepting of responsibility and accountability, knowing when to lead and when to follow, and having the desire to create positive change in the community and the world.

Each year the Office of Student Affairs and the Faculties of the UA coordinates the recognition of achievements made by our University’s students and student organizations. Students, faculty, and staff are given the opportunity to make nominations of students and student organizations deserving of recognition for the awards. Nominations are then reviewed by the selection committee. When evaluating nominees for an award, the selection committee looks for the extent to which nominees have contributed to the University – and the general community through leadership, service, and involvement. Committee decisions are final and will not be announced until the awards ceremony.


Outstanding Leadership Award

Through their leadership skills and initiative, these students have made a significant impact on the UA – and general community throughout the past academic year. Nominees have influenced the development and mentoring of future leaders of UA. They must demonstrate examples of outstanding service to others and within the community. Award recipients are selected based on breadth and depth of involvement and leadership in co- and extra-curricular activities, involvement in professional, academic, and leadership development experiences

Outstanding Community Service Award

Nominees have maintained academic excellence while committing their time, energy, and resources to making a difference by volunteering in the community. Demonstrating a passion to serve others is an important quality this nominee should possess.

Outstanding Mentor Award

This award recognizes student leaders based on their commitment and devotion to mentoring and caring for fellow students. Nominees take time to assist their peers while maintaining academic excellence.

Criteria for nomination of students:

  • Must be in good academic and judicial standing
  • Participates in community building
  • Mentors fellow students
  • Creates opportunities for engagement and involvement
  • Contributes to the overall excellence of UA
  • Articulates a positive sense of direction
  • Critical and Creative Thinker
  • GPA in Good Standing