University Student Leadership Awards (USLAs)

Virginia Tech’s annual University Student Leadership Awards [USLAs] recognize individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Virginia Tech campus and community. The USLAs are a great way to celebrate your accomplishments. Clubs, organizations, programs, individuals, service projects –there are twelve awards that cover a wide range of student-led initiatives.

  • Presentation takes place at an awards ceremony on April 28, 2016 in Commonwealth Ballroom, Squires Student Center from 6 - 8 p.m.
  • Each year the Department of Student Engagement and Campus Life in the Division of Student Affairs coordinates the recognition of achievements made by our university’s students, student organizations, and advisors.
  • Students, faculty, and staff are given the opportunity to make nominations for the twelve prestigious awards. They include awards for Achievement by an Individual, Community Outreach, Hokie Spirit, Student Organization of the Year, Program of the Year, and more.
  • Nomination packets are reviewed by the USLA selection committee, which is comprised of representatives from across campus.

For more information email stuact@vt.edu

Completing the Nomination Application

You may nominate another person for one of the University Student Leadership Awards, an organization of which you are a part, or you may apply for an award yourself.

Nominations will be judged based on the criteria listed for each award. Apply here (be sure to log into GobblerConnect first).

AWARD DESCRIPTION 

  • This award honors exemplary multi-year service to the greater Hokie Nation; demonstrated support of the University's mission and values; and the true embodiment of the university's motto Ut Prosim: That I May Serve
  • Only officially registered student organizations are eligible. 
  • Outstanding service goes "above and beyond the call of duty" of one's organizational purpose 
  • Multi-year service is "continued service to the university and/or Hokie Nation for at least two consecutive years." 
  • The organization recognized with this award cannot also receive the Student Organization of the Year award or the Outstanding Program of the Year award.

AWARD DESCRIPTION 

  • This award honors the exceptional commitment and service to the Montgomery County community by a student (undergraduate or graduate) OR an officially registered student organization. 
  • Students must be currently enrolled in classes or involved in a co-op/internship. 
  • If an organization is recognized with this award it will not be considered for the Hokie Spirit Award.

AWARD DESCRIPTION 

  • This award is to honor the adviser of an officially registered student organization who has demonstrated outstanding contributions with his/her time and expertise. 
  • All organization advisers are eligible for this award, including those who advise a group as part of their job description. 
  • Examples of commitment, action, encouragement, mentorship and assistance to the organization should be included. What has the nominee done in an advisory capacity that makes him/her an exceptional adviser?

AWARD DESCRIPTION

  • The award is to honor a specific achievement by an undergraduate student that has significantly impacted the university community. This achievement may be, but is not limited to, the implementation of a unique program or event, the persevering against incredible odds to rebuild or maintain an organization, or a particular action to promote social change. 
  • The individual may not have received any form of monetary gain for this specific achievement and be eligible for this award.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in classes or involved in a co-op/internship.

AWARD DESCRIPTION 

  • Leadership may be seen as the accepting of responsibility and accountability, knowing when to lead and when to follow, and having the desire to create positive social change in the community and the world. 
  • Selection for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student leader will be based upon academic achievement and overall leadership and service within the Virginia Tech community. 
  • Nominees/applicants must have been members of an officially registered student organization and held a leadership role for at least one academic year. Students must be currently enrolled in classes or involved in a co-op/internship and maintain a minimumGPA of 2.8 (undergraduates) or 3.0 (graduates).

AWARD DESCRIPTION

  • This award is to honor a university staff or faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding contributions to the building of Hokie Community with his/her time and expertise. 
  • All university staff and faculty members are eligible for this award, except for organizational advisors (paid or unpaid) because these are eligible for the Advisor of the Year award. 
  • Examples of commitment to, action towards, and encouragement of building Hokie community should be included. What has the nominee done in a professional capacity that makes him/her an exceptional builder of the Hokie Community?

AWARD DESCRIPTION 

  • This award is to honor a specific achievement by an officially registered student organization. The achievement should be a unique action that has not benefitted the welfare of the organization, fulfilled its national affiliation, or led to any monetary gain. The achievement should not have been related to a recruiting or competitive event. 
  • The organization recognized for this award cannot also receive Outstanding Program of the Year or the Hokie Spirit Award.

AWARD DESCRIPTION 

  • The award is given to a student who has not yet held a leadership role, but through a commitment of time and energy has made an impact on the organization and the University community. 
  • Recommendations should include the length of time the nominee has been involved with the organization.
  • Nominees must have been members of an officially registered student organization for no more than 4 semesters.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in classes or involved in a co-op/internship.

AWARD DESCRIPTION 

  • This award recognizes an outstanding program coordinated by an officially registered student organization that has had a significant impact on the University community. 
  • Programs should have occurred any time from January 2012 to February 2013. 
  • Programs will be evaluated on supporting documentation and descriptions of the following programming areas: goals, program outcomes, planning and preparation, funding, publicity and promotion, overcoming obstacles, evaluation, program success, and campus support. 
  • The organization recognized with this award will not be considered for the "Outstanding Achievement by an Organization Award" or the Hokie Spirit Award.

AWARD DESCRIPTION 

  • This award honors significant service to the Virginia Tech campus and demonstrated support of the University's mission and values by a student (undergraduate or graduate). 
  • Outstanding service goes "above and beyond the call of duty" of one's position. 
  • Students must be currently enrolled in classes or involved in a co-op/internship.

AWARD DESCRIPTION 

  • Two officially registered student organizations will be recognized for their overall efforts at Virginia Tech. 
  • The first award will be presented to an RSO (Registered Student Organization) and the second award will recognize a UCSO (University Chartered Student Organization) or a USLP (University Student Life Program). 
  • Nominees should demonstrate excellence in fulfillment of its organization's purpose, membership and leadership development, campus life enhancement, community contributions, and university involvement. 
  • Nominees must have been officially registered with the Department of Student Activities for at least two years. 
  • The organizations recognized with this award will not be considered for the Hokie Spirit Award.

Contact Us

Student Engagement and Campus Life
225 Squires Student Center (0138)
290 College Avenue
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-5431
Fax: 540-231-5430
stuact@vt.edu