Congratulations to the 2020 Student Leadership Awards Recipients
Watch the 2020 awards ceremony here!
Lux Service Award
The Lux Service Award is the most prestigious award given to graduating senior students each academic year to acknowledge the culmination of their overall involvement. Recipients consistently go above and beyond, leaving a lasting legacy upon graduation.
Outstanding Student Leader Award
The Outstanding Student Leader Award is designed to recognize students who have demonstrated dedication and leadership through their involvement in one or more campus activities.
Servant Leader Award
The Servant Leader Award recognizes those who have worked for the common good while putting the needs of others first.
Diversity Matters Award
The Diversity Matters Award is presented in recognition of dedication and service to the University of Northern Iowa in advancement of its diversity-related goals.
NISG Above and Beyond Awards
These awards are given by students to recognize faculty and staff for their commitment to student development and success. Two awards will be given out, one focusing on student learning and the other on student success.
Student Success Award - Connie Hansen, Student Organizations Coordinator
Student Learning Award - Dr. Elizabeth Zwanziger, Associate Professor of Languages and Literature
UNI C.A.R.E. Award
CARE (Creating A Responsible Environment) Awards are intended for UNI students, faculty, staff, organizations or programs that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to and positive impact on a sustainable future.
Mental Health Ally Award
Mental Health Ally Award recognizes an individual, program, organization or department that have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to mental health advocacy.
Dr. Sue Follon Scholarship for Women in Leadership
This scholarship recognizes students for their leadership contributions during their tenure at UNI and potential to model leadership for women.
Boots to Books Scholarship Recipient
Boots to Books is a program designed to help veterans transition to civilian life and the college environment. Although many military and veteran students are eligible for G.I. benefits, more than half of them are still in need of financial assistance. In an effort to support the educational endeavors of our military and veteran students, the Boots to Books scholarship was created.
Campus Compact's Newman Civic Fellowship
The Newman Civic Fellowship is awarded to an inspiring group of community-committed students who are already making an impact in communities where they live, learn, and serve. One University of Northern Iowa student is selected to represent the institution among the 290 community-committed students representing Campus Compact member colleges and universities.
Student Organization of the Year
This award is designed to recognize a student organization that has exemplified excellence among its peers in the dedication and development of its members, and its contributions to the campus community and beyond.
Women in Business
Greek 360 Award
This award is intended to recognize a member of the UNI Fraternity & Sorority Life community who also is an outstanding member of other student organizations on campus and contributes to the community.
Grant Tiarks, Pi Kappa Alpha
Kristin Michel, Alpha Delta Pi
Diversity and Inclusion Award
This award is designed to recognizes the student organization which exemplifies inclusive excellence and a commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion at UNI.
Black Student Union
Most Promising New Student Organization
This award is designed to recognize a new student organization that has demonstrated significant motivation, creativity, innovation, and perseverance.
Multicultural Theatrical Society
Student Organization Program of Distinction
This award is designed to recognize significant achievements by student organizations in the planning and presentation of programs.
World Hijab Day (presented by Muslim Students Association)
Young Women in Leadership Conference (presented by Women in Business)
Outstanding President in a Student Organization
This award recognizes a student organization president who has played a major role in the development and execution of their student organization.
Muhammad Shamir Butt, Helping Hands International
Outstanding Officer in a Student Organization
This award recognizes a student organization officer who provides exemplary service, commitment, and strong leadership to their student organization and UNI.
Dylan Parker, Sigma Phi Epsilon
Most Promising New Leader in a Student Organization
This award is designed to recognize a member in a student organization that has demonstrated emerging leadership in the organization, a commitment to developing his/her leadership ability, and has exceeded the expectations of the membership of the organization.
Emily Scott, National Student Speech Language Hearing Association
Student Organization Advisor of the Year
This award is designed to recognize a student organization advisor who has excelled and exemplified outstanding service, dedication, and leadership to the organization to distinguish itself.
Katie Hillyer, Women in Business
Panther Pantry Volunteer Awards
This award is presented to individuals, organizations or campus and community partners who go above and beyond in supporting the Panther Pantry.
Military and Veteran Student Services
Dr. Charlotte West Scholar-Athlete West Award
The Missouri Valley Conference will present the Dr. Charlotte West Award annually, to one female and one male student-athlete who have completed intercollegiate eligibility in their primary sport, to recognize outstanding achievement in academics, athletics, services and leadership. Nominees from UNI are recognized at the Student Leadership Awards.
C.J. May, Men's Track and Field
Katie Taylor, Women's Swimming and Diving
Drake Martin Gold Star Award
This award is given to student leaders for outstanding contributions to on-campus living at UNI. This is the highest residential leadership award at UNI and has been presented annually since 1989.