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University Awards

Student Achievement Awards

2017 Student Achievement Award winners on the quad at AU.

2017 Student Achievement Award winners. Photo by Jeff Watts.

CRITERIA: Student must have been admitted to an undergraduate degree program as of September 2016 and be a graduating senior participating in the December 2016 or May 2017 commencement ceremonies. Requires demonstration of unique contributions as well as service benefiting the University community, whether through student government, public service, organizational leadership, or a combination of several categories. Each award includes $250 as part of the recognition. Specific criteria for each of these 10 named awards can be found by clicking on the link below or through the online application. 

Student Achievement Awards Criteria
History of Each Student Achievement Award

The 10 Student Achievement Awards are:

  •  Bruce Hughes Award
  •  Evelyn Swarthout Hayes Award
  •  Carlton Savage Award
  •  Fletcher Scholar Award
  •  Catheryn Seckler-Hudson Award
  •  Harold Johnson Award
  •  Charles C. Glover Award
  •  Kinsman-Hurst Award
  •  Charles W. Van Way Award
  •  Stafford H. Cassell Award

Nomination Process

Nominations Open: Jan. 23, 2017

DEADLINE: March 24, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Nomination Instructions:

  1. Students, faculty, and staff of the AU community may nominate students for University Student Awards. We also accept and encourage self-nominations.
  2. Please submit nominations via the online form.
  3. For the nomination form, we ask for basic student information (Student ID, School/College, Major, Approximate GPA, and Graduation Date), a list of key achievements, a nomination narrative from the nominator, and supporting documents (current resume and up to three letters of recommendation, which may be collected and submitted by the nominator or uploaded by the nominee). Other supporting materials may include examples of student work on and off campus that show how the student meets the criteria of the award. Submit documents in PDF format.
  4. Our system will notify student nominees of their nomination via email once the nomination form is saved. Nominees will be able to upload additional supporting materials.
  5. The nominator or student nominee should collect recommendation letters and upload them to the nomination site. If recommenders prefer to keep their letters private, they may submit them directly to
  6. Nomination materials must reflect the criteria identified in the award. We discourage recommendation letters that intend to capture nominations for more than one award.
  7. Nominate a student now! (Opens Jan. 23, 2017)

Contact: Lisa Boms, Office of the Vice President of Campus Life,