2019 Student Leadership Awards Recap

Group Photo of 2019 Student Leadership Award winners

On Thursday, April 18, 2019, the Student Leadership Awards were held in the Commonwealth Ballroom of the University Student Commons, honoring the exemplary leadership, service and programmatic contributions of students and student organizations to the VCU and Richmond communities.

Here is a complete list of the 2019 award winners (award descriptions are available at the end of the article):

Individual Winners:

Glynis Boyd Hughes – University Emerging Leader Award

Megan Sanico – Division of Student Affairs Emerging Peer Leader Award

Hannah Leopold – University Leadership Award

Amani Harrison –  Dr. Richard I. Wilson University Service Award

Ariana Kavazovic – Division of Student Affairs Senior Peer Leader Award

Quinnie Phan – VCU Alumni Award

Dale Smith – Advisor of the Year Award

Anthony Horn – Division of Student Affairs Peer Leader of the Year Award

Bethany Bayles – William H. Duvall Award

Kelly Penn – Dr. Henry G. Rhone Excellence in Student Affairs Award

 

Student Organization Winners:

Retro Rams – Outstanding New Student Organization Award

Student Veterans Association – Most Improved Student Organization Award

Muslim Health Professionals – Outstanding Health Science Organization Award

United2Heal – Outstanding Community Service Award

Afghan Student Organization – Student Organization Diversity and Inclusion Award

Active Minds at VCU – Student Organization Advocacy Award

International Trauma Systems Development Program Student League at VCU – Outstanding Graduate and Professional Student Organization Award

Association of Students with Disabilities and Chronic Conditions – Outstanding Student Organization Program Award

Hyperloop at VCU – Student Organization of the Year Award

See the Flickr album for the 2019 Student Leadership Awards!

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Student Leadership Award Descriptions

Advisor of the Year Award

This award recognizes an advisor that has shown dedication to their student organization over the past year. The successful advisor for this award should be an individual who has been committed to the organization and contributed to the organization’s success.

Dr. Henry G. Rhone Excellence in Student Affairs Award

Presented to undergraduate and graduate/professional students who have provided distinguished service to the Division of Student Affairs and/or the University. Criteria:  2.7 cumulative GPA or greater, sophomore status or greater, demonstrated leadership and involvement in the organized student community.

Dr. Richard I. Wilson University Service Award

Presented to undergraduate and graduate/professional students who have provided outstanding service and commitment to university committees, student organizations and/or the Richmond community.

Division of Student Affairs Emerging Peer Leader Award

The Division of Student Affairs Emerging Peer Leader Award is awarded to a first-time peer leader within the division of student affairs who has significantly contributed to their department and to the division. Students must be in good academic standing and must be in the first year of their position of employment to be considered.

Division of Student Affairs Senior Peer Leader Award

The Division of Student Affairs Senior Peer Leader Award is awarded to senior peer leaders with more than one year of experience in the position within the division of student affairs who has significantly contributed to their department and to the division. Students must be in good academic standing and must be graduating seniors (May, August or December 2019) to be considered.

Division of Student Affairs Peer Leader of the Year Award

The Division of Student Affairs Peer Leader of the Year award is awarded to a peer leader within the division of student affairs who has gone above and beyond to develop and engage their peers and contributing to the success of their department and the division. Students must be in good academic standing to be considered. This is open to all peer leader positions, regardless of experience or years in the position.

Most Improved Student Organization Award

This award recognizes a student organization that has demonstrated significant improvement in membership recruitment and retention, budget management, program planning and leadership while following the mission and goals of their organization. The winner of this award will receive $100 in their on-campus account.

Outstanding Community Service Award

This award recognizes a student organization’s overall community service efforts for an ongoing program or a series of programs. Service must have been completed between March 2, 2018 and March 1, 2019. The winner of this award will receive $100 in their on-campus account.

Outstanding Graduate and Professional Student Organization Award

This award recognizes a graduate or professional student organization that has made a significant contribution to the VCU community through programming, special initiatives and/or community service between March 2, 2018 and March 1, 2019. The winner of this award will receive $100 in their on-campus account.

Outstanding Health Science Organization Award

This award recognizes a student organization with a health sciences focus that has significantly contributed to the VCU and Richmond communities through programs, initiatives and/or community service. The winner of this award will receive $100 in their on-campus account.

Outstanding New Student Organization Award

This award recognizes a new student group who has demonstrated significant success and development in following the mission and goals of their organization. Student organizations applying for this award must have start date after July 1, 2018. The winner of this award will receive $100 in their on-campus account.

Outstanding Student Organization Program Award

This award recognizes a student organization’s success for an individual program that enhanced the VCU community. The program described must have been completed between March 2, 2018 and March 1, 2019. The winner of this award will receive $100 in their on-campus account.

Student Organization Advocacy Award

This award recognizes a student organization for their contributions as an advocate for a specific social issue across campus or in the community. All contributions described must have been completed between March 2, 2018 and March 1, 2019. The winner of this award will receive $100 in their on-campus account.

Student Organization Diversity and Inclusion Award

This award recognizes a student organization’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and/or social justice through programming and initiatives. Programs and initiatives must have been completed between March 2, 2018 and March 1, 2019. The winner of this award will receive $100 in their on-campus account.

Student Organization of the Year Award

Student organizations applying for this award should demonstrate success in organization development, leadership, service and membership engagement. The winner of this award will receive $500 in their on-campus account.

University Emerging Leader Award

Presented to undergraduate and graduate/professional students who have provided distinguished service in their first leadership role(s) at VCU and demonstrated a potential for continued leadership.

University Leadership Award

Presented to undergraduate and graduate/professional students in leadership roles in student organizations or University committees who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating outstanding leadership ability and commitment to their organizations.

VCU Alumni Award

This award is presented to a Monroe Park Campus undergraduate senior who has exhibited exemplary characteristics in the areas of scholastics, leadership and service to VCU and the Richmond community.

William H. Duvall Award

This award is presented to students who have provided exemplary service, beyond normal expectations, in student activities, student groups and/or organizations and are in good academic standing.

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