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Spring 2021 Outstanding Student Awards

Self-nominations for the Outstanding Student Awards are now open!

Congratulations if you have been notified of your status as an exemplary student and have fulfilled the criteria to apply for one or more of the 2020-2021 Outstanding Student Awards! The award categories are: 

  • President’s Award (Winner will be a student Spring 2021 Commencement speaker!) 
  • Provost’s Award (Winner will be a student Spring 2021 Commencement speaker!) 
  • Outstanding Service- Student Affairs  
  • Outstanding Student in the College of Business 
  • Outstanding Student in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences 
  • Outstanding Student in the College of Professional Studies 
  • Outstanding Student in the School of Education 
  • Outstanding Student in the School of Hospitality  

All awards are initiated through self-nomination. Please consider applying for these awards if you meet the criteria listed below. 

The winners of the President’s and Provost’s Awards will be the featured student speakers during the Spring 2021 Commencement ceremonies. 

To be selected for awards, you must be approved to graduate in Spring 2021 (or have graduated in Summer or Fall 2020 for the Outstanding Students in the Colleges/Schools and Student Affairs Awards). To check the status of your Application to Graduate, run a degree progress report in your student hub. If you have any questions regarding your graduation plan or eligibility to graduate, please discuss those questions with your academic advisor. If you have questions about your Application to Graduate, please contact the Office of the Registrar at graduation@msudenver.edu or 303-556-3991. 

The nomination deadline for ALL materials, including letters of recommendation, is February 19, 2021 at midnight. The nominations must be submitted online utilizing the forms found in the links below. Within 2 -3 business days of submitting your nomination form, you should receive a confirmation email through the email address you provide on the nomination form (preferably your MSU Denver student email). If you do not receive a confirmation email within 2-3 business days, you are responsible for following up with Jamana Jamison Jamana Jamison in the Classroom to Career Hub or Katie Joyce in the Dean of Students Office to check on the status of your nomination. You can also call 303-615-0220.  Failure to verify successful submission may result in disqualification. 

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION 

If you choose to apply for the President’s and Provost’s Awards, you will need two (2) letters of recommendation from MSU Denver faculty or staff in support of your nomination (find specific award criteria below). You are responsible for communicating with the MSU Denver faculty and/or staff writing recommendations on your behalf about the process, deadline, and verifying their letters have been submitted by the deadline – February 19, 2021 at midnight. 

Please direct the individuals writing letters of recommendation on your behalf to submit their recommendation through the letter of recommendation link (below).  

Note that recommendation letters are not required (or reviewed) if you are only nominating yourself for the Outstanding Student Award in your college/school.  

AWARD CATEGORIES CRITERIA 

The selection criteria and nomination process for each of these prestigious awards is listed below. There must be no disciplinary record on file with the University or pending disciplinary action and a minimum of 30 MSU Denver hours completed or in progress to be considered for all award categories. 

Neither incomplete nor late nominations will be accepted. 

PRESIDENT’S AWARD & PROVOST’S AWARD CRITERIA 

  • All undergraduate students who are graduating in the Spring 2021 semester are eligible to apply, provided they meet the below-listed criteria.  
  • Cumulative MSU Denver GPA is 3.75 or higher 
  • Minimum of 30 academic credit hours completed at MSU Denver, or in progress 
  • Outstanding achievements (personal and professional) 
  • Superior academic achievement 
  • Community service 
  • University service (academic, departmental, and/or programmatic) 
  • Honors/awards 
  • Public speaking experience 
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation submitted by MSU Denver faculty/staff on your behalf (include the first and last names and the corresponding departments of your two recommendations in your self-nomination form) 
  • Your Resume and/or CV (submit via your self-nomination form) 
  • A brief essay (750 words or less) articulating how you meet the award criteria (submit via your self-nomination form) 

Self-Nomination Form- President's/Provost's Award 

(note: Be sure to have recommendation letters submitted to support your nomination- please direct your recommendation letter writers to the recommendation letter link below) 

OUTSTANDING SERVICE- STUDENT AFFAIRS AWARD CRITERIA 

  • All undergraduate or graduate students who graduated in the Summer or Fall of 2020 OR who are graduating in the Spring 2021 semester are eligible to apply, provided they meet the below-listed criteria.  
  • Minimum of 30 academic credit hours completed at MSU Denver, or in progress 
  • Outstanding achievements (personal and professional) 
  • Significant contributions/service to an MSU Denver Student Affairs department or program and embodiment of the MSU Denver core values of Community, Access, Diversity, Respect and Entrepreneurship 
  • Two (2) Letters of Recommendation submitted by MSU Denver faculty/staff on your behalf (include the first and last names and the corresponding departments of your two recommendations in your self-nomination form) 
  • Your Resume and/or CV (submit via your self-nomination form) 
  • A brief essay (750 words or less) articulating how you meet the award criteria (submit via your self-nomination form)  

Self-Nomination Form- Outstanding Service-Student Affairs  

(note: Be sure to have recommendation letters submitted to support your nomination- please direct your recommendation letter writers to the recommendation letter link below) 

OUTSTANDING STUDENT IN THE COLLEGES/SCHOOLS AWARDS CRITERIA 
(College of Business; College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences; College of Professional Studies; School of Education; School of Hospitality- Award category eligibility based on student's major(s)) 

  • All undergraduate students who graduated in the Summer or Fall of 2020 OR who are graduating in the Spring 2021 semester are eligible to apply, provided they meet the below-listed criteria.  
  • Cumulative MSU Denver GPA is 3.5 or higher 
  • Minimum of 30 academic credit hours completed at MSU Denver, or in progress 
  • Outstanding achievements (personal and professional) 
  • Community service 
  • Honors/awards 
  • University service (academic, departmental, and/or programmatic)  
  • Your Resume and/or CV (submit via your self-nomination form) 
  • A brief essay (750 words or less) articulating how you meet the award criteria (submit via your self-nomination form)  

Self-Nomination Form- Outstanding Student in the Colleges/Schools 

RECOMMENDATION LETTER SUBMISSION FORM  
(President's/Provost's Award and Special Service- Student Affairs Only) 

REMINDERS 

  • The nomination deadline for all materials, including letters of recommendation, is February 19, 2021 at midnight.  
  • Neither incomplete nor late nominations will be accepted. 
  • You must have an approved graduation application on file to be selected for the award. 
  • For the President's Award, Provost's Award, and Outstanding Service- Student Affairs Award, both letters of recommendation must be submitted before the deadline, February 19, 2021 at Midnight.  

Best of luck to you in your nomination for one of these prestigious awards! 


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