Student Engagement and Campus Life is pleased to celebrate the phenomenal contributions Virginia Tech students make across campus and within the greater community through their membership in student organizations (RSOs, UCSOs, USLPs). The purpose of the University Student Leadership Awards is to honor individuals who exemplify excellence in their role as student leaders. The University Student Leadership Awards highlight student organizations that are committed to fulfilling their mission and purpose while embracing the spirit of Ut Prosim.

All award nominations are reviewed by the USLA planning committee, which is comprised of representatives from across campus.

For more information please email ruddma@vt.edu

The Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion award was created to celebrate one student and one organization who have a genuine dedication to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive campus and world.

This organization incorporates diverse and inclusive practices into their operations, celebrates diverse perspectives and sources of knowledge, and/or promotes intercultural understanding through effective programs or initiatives.

The Greatest Impact on the Community Award was created to recognize organizations on campus that are dedicated to making a lasting impact in the community.

VT Community- This organization is making a significant and lasting impact on the Virginia Tech community that is clearly tied to the mission and purpose of the organization.

Greater Blacksburg Community- This organization is making a significant and lasting impact on the Blacksburg or New River Valley community that is clearly tied to the mission and purpose of the organization.

The Hokie Spirit award was created to recognize organizations that have embodied the mission of VT through contributions to the Hokie community. Three awards are given to celebrate organizations that Explore, Practice, and Live the Hokie Spirit.

Explore- This organization has sought out or created campus resources (or non-VT resources), development trainings, and other opportunities in order to improve the functionality and operations of the organization; as well as the practices of its members.

Practice- This organization contributes to the success and wellbeing of their chosen community. This has been accomplished through any of the following: programming and local initiatives, representation at competitions or conferences, and advocacy work.

Live- This organization recognizes the value of in-depth learning and understanding; and therefore provides ongoing leadership development, skills-based training, or peer mentorship opportunities for its members.

The MVP award was created to recognize the value of collaboration and to give student organizations a chance to celebrate fellow organizations who embody the spirit of effective collaboration and partnership.

This organization effectively collaborated by forging a relationship with the other organization(s), actively participating in/during event(s), and/or contributing to the overall success of the event(s).

The New Organization of Excellence Award was created to recognize one newly established club that is committed to creating a new experience for Virginia Tech students.

This organization excelled as a new organization by making an effort to establish a presence on campus, sponsoring or supporting initiatives that aligned with the organization's mission, and/or contributed to the VT community by filling a need that did not already exist.

The Outstanding Organization of the Year honors one organization that served as the exemplar of mission-driven leadership during the 2017-2018 academic year.

This award celebrates an organization that works hard to fulfill the organization’s purpose and goals, commits to serving and supporting VT students, and has made a significant achievement or impact on or off campus.

The Academic Excellence Award was created to recognize a student leader who embodies the mission of the VT-Shaped student.

This student balances outstanding academic merit (3.0 GPA min) along with excellence in campus leadership. This student has a taken on leadership roles in their organization(s) and has been a positive and effective leader.

The Advisor of the Year award was created to recognize the adviser of a student organization who has made outstanding contributions through support, energy, and resources.

This advisor dedicates time and talents to support the efforts of the student organization, provides resources and advice that contribute to the success of students and/or the organization, and challenges students to think critically and develop leadership skills.

The Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion award was created to celebrate one student and one organization who have a genuine dedication to contribute to a more diverse and inclusive campus and world.

This student raises awareness of local, national, or global diversity and inclusion issues, is committed to contributing to a more inclusive world, and/or encourages peers to understand and appreciate the value of diversity.

The Good Neighbor Award was created to recognize a student who volunteers their time and talents to make a positive impact in the Greater Blacksburg and/or New River Valley communities.

This student has fostered a relationship with non-profits that support/residents in the Blacksburg or NRV communities, and has worked to fill specific need in this community. This student has or aspires to leave a lasting positive impact.

The Rising Star Award was created to recognize a student who has yet to hold an executive position but has demonstrated great promise in the areas of leadership.

This student has taken initiative within the organization, their membership has made a positive impact on the organization, and they show great promise as an emerging leader.

The Outstanding Student Leader of the Year Award honors one undergraduate and one graduate student for their leadership contributions that have increased in depth and breadth to the Virginia Tech community during the 2017-2018 academic year. This award recognizes excellence in those who embody the ideals of true leadership.

Undergraduate - This award celebrates an undergraduate student who is dedicated in their role as a leader and contributes to the success of their organization(s); makes a true effort to mentor and support their peers, and approaches the student involvement experience with innovation and creativity.

Graduate - This award celebrates a graduate student who is dedicated in their role as a leader and contributes to the success of their organization(s); makes a true effort to mentor and support their peers, and approaches the student involvement experience with innovation and creativity.

*Not eligible for self-nominations.