Awards Descriptions

Individual Awards

All students applying for individual awards must currently be enrolled at the University of Houston. Students must have above a 2.33 GPA and good standing with the University of Houston. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by a currently enrolled University of Houston student or a faculty/staff member. SFAC-funded organizations are exempt from submission.

All advisors applying for the Advisor of the Year award must currently be employed at the University of Houston. Individuals may self-nominate or be nominated by a currently enrolled University of Houston student or a faculty/staff member. SFAC-funded organizations are exempt from submission.


Rising Star Student Leader

This award is presented to a first time student leader that has done outstanding work in their first year of involvement in campus life. This student displays excellent leadership potential and is motivated to continue and expand involvement in other areas of the campus community.

Nomination Requirements
  1. Open to first year students
  2. Completed nomination form
  3. Résumé from the nominee denoting leadership positions, membership in registered student organizations, community service, and/or work experience. Email résumé to salo@central.uh.edu
  4. A letter of recommendation (no more than 5000 characters) describing why the nominee should be considered for the award including the following information:
    • Leadership positions and a brief description of responsibilities that the nominee has held in his/her first year at University of Houston as well as off campus
    • Description of how the nominee has been proactive in taking on leadership responsibilities and becoming involved at the University of Houston
    • Description of the nominee's potential for future leadership positions at the University of Houston

Stellar Senior Leader

This award is presented to a senior that has been highly involved and has made a significant impact on the campus community throughout their collegiate career. This student has been involved in a multitude of registered student organizations and acts of service that have benefited the student body.

Nomination Requirements
  1. Open to students with 90 or more credit hours
  2. Completed nomination form
  3. Résumé from the candidate denoting leadership positions, membership in registered student organizations, community service, and/or work experience. Email résumé to salo@central.uh.edu
  4. A letter of recommendation (no more than 5000 characters) describing why the nominee should be considered for the award including the following information:
    • Leadership positions and a brief description of responsibilities that the nominee has held throughout his/her undergraduate experience at the University of Houston
    • Description of how the nominee has built and maintained positive relationships with various members of the campus community
    • Description of the nominee's potential to use his/her involvement at the University of Houston after graduation to contribute to society

Graduate Student Leader

This award is presented to a graduate student that has been highly involved and has made a significant impact on the campus community throughout their graduate career. This student has been involved in a student organization and acts of service that have benefited the student body.

Nomination Requirements
  1. Open to students with graduate standing
  2. Completed nomination form
  3. Résumé from the candidate denoting leadership positions, membership in registered student organizations, community service, and/or work experience. Email résumé to salo@central.uh.edu
  4. A letter of recommendation (no more than 5000 characters) describing why the nominee should be considered for the award including the following information:
    • Leadership positions and a brief description of responsibilities that the nominee has held throughout his/her graduate experience at the University of Houston
    • Description of how the nominee has built and maintained positive relationships with various members of the campus community
    • Description of the nominee's potential to use his/her involvement at the University of Houston after graduation to contribute to society

Outstanding Leadership

This award is presented to a student that has contributed to his/her organization(s) by serving as role models of excellence to other members. This student has been dedicated and shown outstanding efforts to make a difference in his/her organization(s) as well as in other areas of campus life.

Nomination Requirements
  1. Must not be the president of a registered student organization
  2. Completed nomination form
  3. Résumé from the candidate denoting leadership positions, membership in registered student organizations, community service, and/or work experience. Email résumé to salo@central.uh.edu
  4. A letter of recommendation (no more than 5000 characters) describing why the nominee should be considered for the award including the following information:
    • Description of organizational responsibilities that the nominee has held at the University of Houston
    • Description of how the nominee has empowered other students in his/her commitment to involvement and service
    • Description of the specific contributions that the nominee has made to co-curricular life at the University of Houston

Presidential Excellence

This award is presented to the President of a registered student organization. The President that has excelled in their leadership term and has served diligently in making the organization have a strong presence on campus. This student exemplifies the true qualities of a leader by using innovation and strong work ethic to achieve goals.

Nomination Requirements
  1. Must be a president of a registered student organization
  2. Completed nomination form
  3. Résumé from the candidate denoting leadership positions, membership in student organizations, community service, and/or work experience. Email résumé to salo@central.uh.edu
  4. A letter of recommendation (no more than 5000 characters) describing why the nominee should be considered for the award including the following information:
    • Description of leadership responsibilities that the nominee has held as president of his/her registered student organization
    • Description of personal and professional qualities that make the nominee an ideal president
    • Description of the specific initiatives and contributions made by the president that have impacted campus life at the University of Houston

Advisor of the Year

This award is presented to an advisor of a registered student organization that has gone above and beyond in serving students to carry out programs. This faculty/staff member is diligent in being available to students and contributing valuable knowledge of UH resources to actively assist members.

Nomination Requirements
  1. Not an advisor in the Center for Student Involvement or the Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life
  2. Completed nomination form
  3. A letter of recommendation (no more than 5000 characters) describing why the nominee should be considered for the award including the following information:
    • Description of how the advisor has empowered students and demonstrated enthusiasm and support for the student group
    • Description of how the advisor has actively participated with the group's activities and member development
  4. Optional: Résumé/Vita and additional letters of recommendation. Email résumé to salo@central.uh.edu

Organization Awards

The student organization must be a registered student organization in the Center for Student Involvement as of October 2012. New organizations for the 2012-2013 academic school year may apply as well. The organization must be fiscally responsible and in good standing with the University. Organizations may self-nominate or be nominated by advisors or other individuals outside of the group. Supplementation documentation must be turned into the Center for Student Involvement no later than 5:00 PM on March 8th, 2013 on a USB drive or CD.


Outstanding New Organization

This award is presented to a newly-formed registered student organization during the 2012-2013 academic school year that has made an outstanding effort to become involved in campus life. This organization has made substantial achievements during its first academic year of service to the student body.

Nomination Requirements
  1. Completed nomination form
  2. A letter of recommendation (no more than 10,000 characters) describing why the registered student organization should be considered for the award including the following information:
      Description of how the registered student organization serves a purpose that is unique to other registered student organizations
    • Description of how the registered student organization has laid a foundation for continued growth and success
    • Significant achievements of the registered student organization during its first year
    • Participation in campus-wide activities or events
  3. Supplementation documentation of organization development (no more than 10 files). The registered student organization can provide documentation of their choice. Documentation should be turned into the Center for Student Involvement no later than 5:00 PM on March 8th, 2013 on a USB drive or a CD. Recommended documentation include:
    • Agendas
    • Minutes
    • Websites
    • Newsletters
    • Flyers
  4. SFAC-funded organizations are not eligible to apply for these awards.

Most Improved Student Organization

This award is presented to a registered student organization that has made significant strides in improving its membership and the services that it provides to the student body. This registered student organization has increased its presence and participation throughout campus this academic year and has made growth and improvement its top priorities.

Nomination Requirements
  1. Completed nomination form
  2. A letter of recommendation (no more than 10,000 characters) describing why the registered student organization should be considered for the award including the following information:
    • Description of what initiatives have been put into place to make changes within the organization
    • Significant achievements of the organization during this academic year
    • Description of plans currently being implemented for continued growth/success
    • Participation in campus-wide activities or events
  3. Supplementation documentation of organization development (no more than 10 files). The registered student organization can provide documentation of their choice. Documentation should be turned into the Center for Student Involvement no later than 5:00 PM on March 8th, 2013 on a USB drive or a CD. Recommended documentation include:
    • Agendas
    • Minutes
    • Websites
    • Newsletters
    • Flyers
  4. SFAC-funded organizations are not eligible to apply for these awards.

Organization of the Year

This award is presented to one undergraduate and one graduate registered student organization that has made an outstanding effort to become involved in campus life. This registered student organization has made substantial achievements during its year(s) of service to the student body.

Nomination Requirements
  1. Completed nomination form
  2. A letter of recommendation (no more than 10,000 characters) describing why the organization should be considered for the award including the following information:
    • Description of the registered student organization
    • Contribution to membership development through recruitment, education and retention of members.
    • Significant achievements of the registered student organization during its year(s) of service
    • Participation in campus-wide activities or events
    • Organization of or participation in campus/community service projects
    • Specific efforts by the organization that makes it qualified to be the organization of the year
  3. Supplementation documentation of organization development (no more than 10 files). The registered student organization can provide documentation of their choice. Documentation should be turned into the Center for Student Involvement no later than 5:00 PM on March 8th, 2013 on a USB drive or a CD. Recommended documentation include:
    • Agendas
    • Minutes
    • Websites
    • Newsletters
    • Flyers
    • Programs
    • News Articles
    • Pictures
  4. Applicants for Outstanding New Organization of the Year and SFAC-funded organizations are not eligible to apply for these awards.

Program Awards

The student organization must be a registered student organization in the Center for Student Involvement as of October 2012. New organizations for the 2012-2013 academic school year may apply as well. SFAC-funded organizations are not eligible to apply for these awards. The organization must be fiscally responsible and in good standing with the University. Organizations may self-nominate or be nominated by advisors or other individuals outside of the group. The program, a one-time event or series of events, must have been held at the University of Houston campus. Supplementation documentation must be turned into the Center for Student Involvement no later than 5:00 PM on March 8th, 2013 on a USB drive or CD.


Outstanding Educational Program of the Year

This award is presented to a program implemented by a registered student organization that demonstrates an outstanding effort to expose the student body to important and thought-provoking issues.

Nomination Requirements
  1. Completed nomination form
  2. A letter of recommendation (no more than 10,000 characters) describing why the registered student organization should be considered for the award including the following information:
    • Description of the program and its intended goals and outcomes
    • Description of how the registered student organization made efforts to include a wide variety of students at the event
    • Description of how the program used unique learning methods to engage students in a meaningful issue
  3. Supplementation documentation of the program (no more than 10 files). The registered student organization can provide documentation of their choice. Documentation should be turned into the Center for Student Involvement no later than 5:00 PM on March 8th, 2013 on a USB drive or a CD. Recommended documentation include:
    • Flyers
    • Programs
    • News Articles
    • Pictures
  4. SFAC-funded organizations are not eligible to apply for these awards.

Celebration of Diversity Program of the Year

This award is presented to a program implemented by a registered student organization that demonstrates an outstanding effort to promote the celebration and understanding of multiculturalism and diversity.

Nomination Requirements
  1. Completed nomination form
  2. A letter of recommendation (no more than 10,000 characters) describing why the organization should be considered for the award including the following information:
    • Description of the program and its intended goals and outcomes
    • Description of how the registered student organization made efforts to include a wide variety of students at the event
    • Description of specific issues/topics included at the event that focused on multiculturalism and diversity
  3. Supplementation documentation of the program (no more than 10 files). The registered student organization can provide documentation of their choice. Documentation should be turned into the Center for Student Involvement no later than 5:00 PM on March 8th, 2013 on a USB drive or a CD. Recommended documentation include:
    • Flyers
    • Programs
    • News Articles
    • Pictures
  4. SFAC-funded organizations are not eligible to apply for these awards.

Most Innovative Program of the Year

This award is presented to a program implemented by a registered student organization that demonstrates creativity and innovation in an effort to provide an event/service that could be beneficial to the entire student body.

Nomination Requirements
  1. Completed nomination form
  2. A letter of recommendation (no more than 10,000 characters) describing why the registered student organization should be considered for the award including the following information:
    • Description of the program and its intended goals and outcomes
    • Description of how the registered student organization made in effort to create a unique event/service for the student body
    • Description of how the registered student organization made efforts to include a wide variety of students at the event
  3. Supplementation documentation of program (no more than 10 files). The registered student organization can provide documentation of their choice. Documentation should be turned into the Center for Student Involvement no later than 5:00 PM on March 8th, 2013 on a USB drive or a CD. Recommended documentation include:
    • Flyers
    • Programs
    • News Articles
    • Pictures
  4. SFAC-funded organizations are not eligible to apply for these awards.