Office of Student Involvement & Leadership

2018 Student Organization & Leadership Awards

General Nomination Rules:

  1. Students must be full-time, currently enrolled students at The University of Toledo
  2. Any student who has won an award will not be eligible to win the same award the following year.
  3. Students may be nominated for as many categories as are available, but will only be eligible to win one award for the year.
  4. Students may be nominated by others or may choose to self-nominate.
  5. Students must be in good academic and judicial standing to win awards. The Office of the Dean of Students will perform grade and conduct checks to ensure each student is in good standing.

Click on the award below to submit a nomination. Monetary awards are denoted with a "$".

Outstanding Student Organization (1st, 2nd & 3rd place) $

This award recognizes the most exceptional organizations over the past year. The organizations will be selected based on their goal setting strategies, event success, leadership development of members, collaboration with other organizations, and overall contribution to University and/or Toledo community. This award will be presented to the top 3 organizations. (1st place - $300, 2nd place - $200, 3rd place - $100)

Outstanding New Student Organization $

The award recognizes the most successful new student organization (formed within the last two years). The organization will be selected based on its development, leadership development of members, ability to overcome obstacles, and contribution to University and/or community. ($150 award) 

Most Supportive Student Organization $

This award recognizes an organization that goes above and beyond to support other student organizations on UT's campus. This support is demonstrated by any of the following: supporting organization events through collaboration, attendance or promotion, being a resource for other organizations in any capacity, acting as an advocate for all student organizations on campus, etc. ($150 award) 

Outstanding Overall Program/Event 

The award recognizes the student organization which displayed the most successful program/event/initiative overall during the past year. The organization will be selected based on the overall uniqueness of the program, as well as the organization’s technique, creativity, marketing, and implementation strategies. 

Outstanding Multicultural Program 

This award recognizes the student organization program which exhibited the most successful multicultural effort during the past year. The recipient of this award will have incorporated diversity and inclusion in its program and will be selected based on overall impact on the community, implementation technique, and participation.

Outstanding Service Program 

This award recognizes the student organization or program which exhibited the most successful service or philanthropic effort during the past year. The recipient of this award will have incorporated service to the University, Toledo community and/or a charitable organization, and will be selected based on overall impact on the community, implementation technique, and participation.

Outstanding Collaborative Program  The Collaboration Award is presented to a student organization, or two or more partnering student organizations, that collaborated to develop a program, event, or initiative that benefited the campus and/or community. This can be a single or ongoing program, event, or initiative.
Student Organization Advisor of the Year (Faculty/Staff) $ This award is given to a UT faculty or staff student organization advisor who has gone above and beyond their responsibilities for the sake of the organization and its student members. The advisor must demonstrate the following qualities: a strong working relationship with the organization’s members; active participation in the organization’s activities; being approachable and accessible to the organization; being attentive to the needs and issues of the organization and its members. ($250 award to organization)
Student Organization Advisor of the Year (Volunteer/Community Member) $ This award is given to a student organization advisor who is not a staff or faculty member of The University of Toledo and has gone above and beyond their responsibilities for the sake of the organization and its student members. The advisor must demonstrate the following qualities: a strong working relationship with the organization’s members; active participation in the organization’s activities; being approachable and accessible to the organization; being attentive to the needs and issues of the organization and its members. ($250 award to organization)
Outstanding Student Leader  This award is presented to a student who exhibits exemplary leadership skills throughout the campus community. The student must be a senior graduating in May or December. The criteria for selection include quality of leadership, mutual respect among peers, dedication to the improvement of campus life, and the ability to promote leadership development at The University of Toledo. 
Emerging Leader (Male & Female) This award recognizes a freshman or sophomore male and female who have excelled in their organization and have demonstrated true leadership qualities. The selection of the award will be based on his and her involvement in campus activities, leadership initiatives, school pride and overall contributions to their student organization or program. 
Outstanding Student Organization Member   

This award recognizes a student who has made significant contributions to a student organization, without necessarily holding a leadership position within the organization. The individual will be selected based on contribution to the organization and the role of that organization in his or her life today. 

Rocket Fanatic 

This award recognizes an individual who demonstrates true Rocket spirit through his or her “fanatic” activities at The University of Toledo sponsored events. The individual will be selected based on his or her personal qualities, school spirited activities, efforts to improve the quality of campus life, and overall love for and dedication to The University of Toledo. 

Commitment to Service   

This award recognizes an individual who has maintained academic excellence while committing their time, energy, and resources to making a difference by volunteering in the community. The individual demonstrates a passion to serve others in all that they do.

Advocate Award The Advocate Award recognizes a student who advocates for diversity and inclusion at The University of Toledo. This student displays courage and conviction in facing issues that challenge injustice and, through their efforts, have a positive impact at UT. 
Community Spotlight Award  The Community Spotlight Award recognizes a student who has made a significant impact on one or more non-profit community organizations serving the diversified community which makes up Toledo and the surrounding area. 
Excel Award The Excel Award recognizes a student who has achieved academic excellence (cumulative grade point average of 3.5) and contributed significantly to the out of classroom experience. This person serves as a role model for students seeking a balance between academic and co-curricular success. 
Defying the Odds Award  The Defying the Odds Award recognizes a student who has achieved academic and personal success despite tremendous obstacles such as financial hardship, lack of or few positive role models, and outside circumstances not conducive to furthering their education. This student demonstrates outstanding loyalty and commitment to The University of Toledo through exemplary service to this institution.

 

 

The Parks Student Organization Awards at The University of Toledo were created in memory of Donald S. Parks, who served as UT’s Dean of Students for an esteemed twenty-one years. Parks' contributions have enabled the Division of Student Affairs to honor and recognize outstanding students and registered student organizations that have excelled in leadership and academics and made positive contributions to the greater university community. 

Funds established in Parks’ name are dedicated to advancing and celebrating student organizations success at UT. This year, there will be eight monetary awards given in conjunction to the recognition award. Each award amount will be added to the next year's operating budget of the student organizations, in addition to the base budget already allocated. In the event that the winning organization does not have an allocated budget, the award will be given through p-card purchases for a sponsored program.

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Last Updated: 4/30/18