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About University Student Awards

University Student Awards recognize graduating students for their achievements in service, scholarship and leadership. Students are eligible to be nominated for the 2018 awards if they graduated in August 2017 or December 2017, or will graduate in May 2018. All nominees must be in good academic and conduct standing.

Award recipients will be honored at a reception hosted by the AU President Sylvia Burwell at the start of Commencement Weekend. Recipients will also be recognized during their commencement ceremonies.

Nominations open in January 2018 and are due in March 2018. View the specific criteria for each award type.

The President's Award is the highest award for undergraduate students and is presented to a graduating student whose accomplishments during the course of their undergraduate years are truly exceptional and reflect the highest ideals of American University.

Nominees will have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, integrity, selflessness, leadership, and service to the Washington, D.C., community. They will have contributed significantly to building community and promoting the understanding and acceptance of cultural and racial diversity on the AU campus.

In addition, the nominees must be eligible for Latin Honors:

  • Achievement of a minimum 3.67 cumulative grade point average and a semester GPA of 3.67 (for the most recent completed semester)
  • Completion of at least 60 credit hours required for the degree in residence at American University with no more than 15 credit hours taken pass-fail

This award goes to two graduating undergraduate students, who receive $500 each.

This is a highly competitive award to recognize the nominee's sustained excellent academic record and exceptional academic success as exemplified by extraordinary publications, research, creative work, merit awards, or competitive selection for presentations at regional and national academic societies and conferences.

This award goes to two graduating graduate/law students, who receive $500 each.

This is a highly competitive award given to a master's or MFA student and a PhD student to recognize exceptional academic accomplishments and scholarly contributions to their fields. Such success should be evidenced by the nominee's academic record and by outstanding scholarly contributions in such forms as publications, distinguished research, creative work, or conference participation.

This award goes to two graduating students (undergraduate, graduate or law), who receive $500 each.

Student must have been admitted to an undergraduate or graduate degree program as of September 2017. Requires demonstration of unique contributions and sustained service that will leave a lasting impact on the University community, whether through student government, public service, organizational leadership, or a combination of several categories.

Each of these 10 named awards go to one undergraduate graduating student, who receives $250.

Student must have been admitted to an undergraduate degree program as of September 2017. These awards require 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.

Read more about the namesake of each award.

Stafford H. Cassell Award

A senior who best exemplifies the traits of Mr. Cassell-total, selfless dedication to the University, profound energy, and reliability as well as intellectual curiosity, friendliness, and helpfulness.

Fletcher Scholar Award

A senior who best exemplifies integrity and selflessness in citizenship on and off campus, together with academic achievement.

Evelyn Swarthout Hayes Award

A student who has contributed most to the University through the arts, while maintaining a high academic average.

Bruce Hughes Award

A senior who has performed outstanding service to the University community and demonstrated unusual depth and maturity in leadership abilities.

Harold Johnson Award

A student who has contributed most to promoting understanding and acceptance of cultural and racial diversity within the University community.

Kinsman-Hurst Award

A senior who has made significant contributions to the University while maintaining a high scholastic record and serving in Student Government or the Student Conduct system.

Carlton Savage Award

An international student who has contributed most to increase intercultural understanding at the University.

Catheryn Seckler-Hudson Award

A senior who best exemplifies qualities of character and achievement, while making significant contributions to Student Government.

Charles W. Van Way Award

A student who has contributed the most to building community at the University.

Charles C. Glover Award

A senior who has best combined citizenship and business leadership in service to the University community.


Nomination Process

Nominations Open: January 2018
Deadline: March 2018

Students, faculty, and staff of the AU community may nominate students for University Student Awards. We also accept and encourage self-nominations as long as references are included.

  1. Submit nominations via the online form.
  2. On the nomination form, we ask for basic student information (Student ID, School/College, Major, Approximate GPA, and Graduation Date), a list of key achievements, and a nomination narrative from the nominator
  3. Current resume and up to three letters of recommendation may be collected and submitted by the nominator at the time of the nomination or uploaded by the nominee once the nomination is submitted. Submit all documents in PDF format with a file name that includes the student name and award name.
  4. Other supporting materials may be uploaded by the nominator or uploaded by the nominee once the nomination form is submitted. Other supporting documents may include examples of student work on and off campus that show how the student meets the criteria of the award. Submit all documents in PDF format with a file name that includes the student name and award name.
  5. Our system will notify student nominees of their nomination via email once the nomination form is saved. Nominees will be able to upload supporting materials. Please communicate with the students to let them know what has been submitted and what they should plan to submit themselves via the link in the nomination email sent to them.
  6. If recommenders prefer to keep their letters private, they may submit them directly to campuslife@american.edu.
  7. Nomination materials must reflect the criteria identified in the award. We discourage recommendation letters that intend to capture nominations for more than one award.

Contacts

For President's Award:

Leslie Wong, Office of the President
(202) 885-2143, lwong@american.edu


For Outstanding Scholarship:

Denise Wilkerson, Office of the Provost
(202) 885-2128, dwilkers@american.edu


For Student Achievement Awards and Outstanding Service:

Lisa Boms, Office of Campus Life
(202) 885-3499, CampusLife@american.edu

Past Winners

View past winners of the University Student Awards! These students have demonstrated excellence in service, leadership and academic scholarship.

View Past Recipients