Student Affairs Awards

In 2016, the Division created the Student Affairs Awards Ceremony to honor their outstanding achievements and recognize exemplary commitment to Kennesaw State University. The Student Affairs mission states, “our students will achieve success through practical application of knowledge by becoming engaged ethical leaders who serve their local and global communities.” The ceremony is the embodiment of that practical application and provides an opportunity to applaud the success of many individuals and programs.

Student Affairs Student Awards & Selection Criteria

The Student Affairs Student Awards consists of four categories- leadership, diversity and inclusion, civic engagement, and community and school spirit. Each category will have an award recipient for one student, one student group (registered student organization, fraternity, sorority, intramural team, club sport team, group sponsored by a department), and one program/event.

The minimum qualifications for all nominees include: good academic standing (student), good standing with regards to conduct (student, student organization/group), good standing with sponsoring department (student organization/group).

For more information about each award and the selection criteria, please see below.

  • This award is designed to recognize a student, student group, and event/program which best exemplifies the division’s emphasis on leadership development. To be considered, the student, student group, or program/event must demonstrate the following:

    Students:

    • Positions held within organization/group
    • Positive impact within group or campus community
    • Created sustainable legacy

    Student Group:

    • Positive impact within group or campus community
    • Created sustainable legacy

    Program/Event:

    • Positive impact within group or campus community
    • Created sustainable legacy

    All student nominees will be considered for the Student of the Year and Emerging Leader of the Year. All student group nominees will be considered for the Student Group of the Year award. All event nominees will be considered for the Student Event of the Year award.

    Submit a Nomination
  • This award was celebrates one student, one student group, and one program or event who have a genuine dedication to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive campus. The recipients of this award will be recognized for the following:

    • Demonstrating cultural awareness and competence 
    • Encouraging a sense of belonging among peers 
    • Commitment to an inclusive community 

    All student nominees will be considered for the Student of the Year and Emerging Leader of the Year. All student group nominees will be considered for the Student Group of the Year award. All event nominees will be considered for the Student Event of the Year award.

    Submit a Nomination
  • This award acknowledges one student, one student group, and one program/event that models extraordinary commitment to voluntary service in campus community.  The winners of this award should: 

    • Volunteering with intent for social change 
    • Advocating for social issues within campus and surrounding community 
    • Demonstrating a strong sense of civic duty and democratic engagement

    All student nominees will be considered for the Student of the Year and Emerging Leader of the Year. All student group nominees will be considered for the Student Group of the Year award. All event nominees will be considered for the Student Event of the Year award.

    Submit a Nomination
  • This award is presented to one student, one student group, and one program or event that devoted time and passion to exhibiting the vision and values of Kennesaw State University. The recipients for this award will be recognized for the following:

    • Support campus programs, events, and initiatives  
    • Increasing a sense of school spirit among peers 
    • Inspire and renew pride in campus community 

    All student nominees will be considered for the Student of the Year and Emerging Leader of the Year. All student group nominees will be considered for the Student Group of the Year award. All event nominees will be considered for the Student Event of the Year award.

    Submit a Nomination
  • This award is given annually to a junior, senior, or graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding overall service and scholarship for the benefit of the KSU community during their collegiate career. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated a profound commitment to the Division of Student Affairs values of Integrity, Inclusion, Community, Discovery, and Civility.

    In order to  be considered for this award, candidates must have been nominated for at least one of the four Student Affairs Student Awards listed above. 

  • The Emerging Leaders Award is given to a student who is a first-year student or sophomore, has shown dedication to involvement in the KSU community and has demonstrated initiative, motivation, and potential for student leadership at Kennesaw State University.

    In order to be considered for this award, candidates must have been nominated for at least one of the four Student Affairs Student Awards listed above.

  • This award is given to a group that is true to its stated mission and works hard to live out its purpose on campus. In addition, this is an inclusive organization which has excelled in the recruitment and retention of its membership, provided consistent means of leadership development, collaborated with other student groups, and participated in KSU programming. The ideal organization will have demonstrated a profound commitment to the Division of Student Affairs values of Integrity, Inclusion, Community, Discovery, and Civility.

    In order to be considered for this award, candidates must have been nominated for at least one of the four Student Affairs Student Awards listed above.

  • The Advisor of the Year Award is presented to the KSU employee who has demonstrated exceptional organization advisement or personal mentoring.

    Submit a Nomination
  • This award is given to an event that embodies the Kennesaw spirit through its commitment to leadership development, collaboration among groups, and programmatic efforts to enhance the quality of campus life at KSU. The ideal event will have a profound connection to the Division of Student Affairs values of Integrity, Inclusion , Community, Discovery, and Civility.

    In order to be considered for this award, candidates must have been nominated for at least one of the four Student Affairs Student Awards listed above.

Student Affairs Student Awards Banquet

The 2021 Student Affairs Student Awards Banquet is scheduled for Wednesday, April 28, 2021. More details coming soon.

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