Recipients are recognized for their outstanding individual contributions on behalf of the Division of Student Affairs.

The selection committee considers, but is not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Contributions toward job excellence – demonstrating performance on the job that is consistently outstanding and frequently outside the normal scope of prescribed duties.
  • Innovation – demonstrating independent action and resourcefulness; encouraging new ideas and creativity; exhibiting leadership qualities within the context of position responsibilities; demonstrating other skills that exceed work expectations.
  • Utilization of the Division’s commitments of responsibility, wellbeing, self-discovery, and diversity and inclusion to guide their practice.


Recipients must meet the following eligibility requirements to be recognized:

  • Be a current Division of Student Affairs graduate assistant.
  • Be full-time and budgeted at least 50% time.


  • $500 cash award and memento
  • One individual awarded

Nomination Requirements

  • Nomination Form
  • One one-page letter of support
It is recommended that individuals compose the nomination letter in a Word document then cut and paste into the text boxes below. 

Nominations will not be accepted after February 20, 2017, 5:00pm CST.

The submission deadline has expired as of 5:00 pm February 20, 2017.

Past Award of Distinction (Graduate Assistant) Award Recipients

2015-2016: Zach Granger, Recreational Sports

2014-2015: Waylon Hastings, Student Activities

2013-2014: Tearney Woodruff, Residence Life

2012-2013: Chris Shemanski, Student Activities

2011-2012: Noor Mobeen, Residence Life