Student Government Association

Student Leadership Awards

Sponsored by the Student Government Association

Student leaders contribute to the vibrancy of campus life, advance the University’s mission, and engage their peers in many meaningful ways. The Student Leadership Awards program seeks to highlight student leadership and service to the University and its students. Please consider applying for an award or nominating a student today. Please contact or with any questions.

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Students must apply to be considered for the Outstanding Rising Student Leader, Outstanding Graduate Student Leader, Outstanding Student Organization Officer, and Outstanding Student Organization President awards. Applications are due March 6, and must include the email address of at least one Tennessee Tech employee or student to serve as a reference. Reference Forms are due March 8, so please submit your application early.  

Individual Leadership Award Application

Student organizations must apply to be considered for an Organization Excellence recognition, the Breakout Organization of the Year, Best New Organization, and Student Organization of the Year awards. Applications are due March 8.

Organization Excellence Application

Organizations may also be recognized for sponsoring an outstanding program or event. Finalists will receive the Outstanding Program award, and one program will be named Program of the Year. Applications are due March 6.

Outstanding Program Application


Recipients of the awards below will be selected based only on nominations. Please consider nominating a student who should be recognized in these categories. 

  • Unsung Heroes – Students not serving as their organization's president or chief officer are eligible for this award, which recognizes work "behind the scenes" to make organizations and programs better. 
  • Changemaker Award - This award recognizes individual achievements in advocating for a cause, working toward community growth and improvement, and/or seeking to advance peace and human dignity.
  • Spirit of Tennessee Tech Award - This award recognizes students' overall contributions to the Tennessee Tech community and their embodiment of Tennessee Tech school spirit and values. Nominees will not be judged based on the positions they have held, but their impact on others and their positive influence on the University.

Other Student Leadership Awards, including Outstanding Student Organization Officers, Outstanding Graduate Student Leader, Rising Student Organization Leader, and Outstanding Student Organization President, do not require a nomination. However, many students may not be aware of this opportunity or recognize the value of their contributions. Please consider nominating a student to apply.  

Student Leadership Awards Nomination Form

Nominate a Student Organization Advisor

Many Tennessee Tech employees serve voluntarily as Student Organization Advisors. Please consider nominating a Faculty/Staff Advisor who you feel should be recognized. Only students can submit the Student Organization Advisor of the Year nomination form. Please note that only volunteer Faculty/Staff Advisors are eligible. Employees who advise the organization as a part of their compensated duties and included in their job description are not eligible. Students are encouraged to ask the nominee about their volunteer status before submitting the nomination.

Student Organization Advisor of the Year Nomination Form

Student Leadership Awards Ceremony

All finalists will be invited to attend the Student Leadership Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 11, at 5:30pm in the RUC Multipurpose Room. The event will feature a variety of awards presentations and student recognition, as well as an opportunity to meet student leadership and University administrators.  

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