Student Organization Leadership Awards

The Campus Activities & Involvement Center is planning for the end of the year Student Organization Leadership Awards. We believe that our student organizations add an undeniable value to our campus community and furthermore, the student leaders of these organizations deserve to be recognized for their efforts and commitment to this university. We offer several awards created to celebrate the efforts of student organizations and their impact at UNCW.

Submission Requirements:

Award nominations will only be accepted via email (with exceptions made for the Marketing Material award – see application for specifications). Registered student organizations (RSO) will need to answer specific questions related to each award. Individuals completing the applications should be sure to complete the form in its entirety and save a copy. Once saved, please email the file to When saving each file, please be sure to name the document with your organization name and award title (i.e. XYZ_Organization_Unsung_Hero.pdf). Hard copies of applications and supplemental materials will NOT be accepted. This is a result of our efforts to be more sustainable and efficient in our annual recognition efforts. You should receive a confirmation email from CAIC within 24 business hours of submission. If you do not receive a confirmation, please contact CAIC at 910-962-3553.

Recognition will be given at the Student Organization Appreciation Day, with a select few awards that will be recognized at the Cornerstone Student Leadership Ceremony. The Student Organization Appreciation Day is open to any organization leaders and members. This year's ceremony will be on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Clock Tower Lounge, located in the Fisher Student Union on the 2nd floor. A picture will be taken of our student leaders at 1:00 p.m. Students are strongly encouraged to wear teal, gold or blue for the picture.


Nomination applications and materials are due via email to by Saturday, February 22, 2014 before 5 p.m. We realize that student organizations hold excellent programs and events in March and April but we must set the deadline early enough for the Student Organizations Committee to review and vote on all the nominees. Keep in mind however, any program that occurs between February 21, 2013 (last year's submission deadline) and February 22, 2014 (this year's deadline) are eligible for consideration during this year's award season.

Click on any of the awards below to download the application form. Be sure to save your completed form for your own records, and then email the file to Late nominations will not be considered. DO NOT USE A MAC COMPUTER TO COMPLETE AND SUBMIT THESE AWARDS. YOU MUST USE A PC (sorry for the inconvenience).

Applications and Descriptions:

Student Organization of the Year (Teal and Gold Categories): This award is given to one student organization in each category (teal or gold) which exemplifies commitment to the betterment and strengthening of the organization’s chosen community/audience. These organizations should have strong leadership who consistently work together toward the group’s common goals. In addition, these organizations should serve as role models for the other UNCW registered student organizations.

Advisor of the Year: This award is given to the student organization advisor who consistently contributes his or her time and energy for the betterment of the organization. This advisor goes above and beyond the responsibilities established for him/her within the organization’s constitution. This person assists the group into realizing their potential, helping them achieve their goals, mentors individual members, and leads by example. The nominee must be a volunteer advisor (one who is not an advisor due to their job description or payment given from the group). **Nominations should include information about the advisor’s style, commitment, and contributions to the organization.

Outstanding Student Organization Leader: This award will be given to the individual who best exemplifies the leadership qualities within the student organization. This student is consistently motivating and encouraging to other members. The Outstanding Student Organization Leader provides vision for the group and leads by example in accomplishing the goals.  This person challenges fellow members to excel and understands the limits of the group. This person should be an effective communicator and a positive role model for his/her peers.

Outstanding New Student Organization Leader: The Outstanding New Student Organization Leader Award recognizes an individual in his/her first year as a member of an organization who meets the following criteria:

Unsung Hero Award: This award will be given to the individual who has demonstrated servant leadership – putting the organization’s needs before his or her own.  This person should be someone who contributes regularly to the goals and projects of the student organization but does so with humility and respect.  This individual does not look for or expect recognition from peers for the work he or she does.  An organization’s unsung hero should be a dedicated member who may not hold an officer position within the organization, but plays an undeniably valuable role in achieving organizational success.

Outstanding Community Service: Embracing community through involvement and service is a priority to many student organizations.  Whether the target community is local, national, or international, it is through this commitment that student organization members help to fulfill needs, engage in hands-on learning, and find Student Org Leader Applicationpersonal fulfillment.  As a greater result, it is often found that not only has our community been positively impacted, but those students who engaged in the project also find great joy and pride in their shared experiences. **In order to be considered for the Outstanding Community Service Award a student organization should demonstrate how its members provided a direct service to the community.  This means providing service directly to individuals at the agency or site or in the community which may include examples such as tutoring children, organizing a program for a nursing home resident, or serving meals at a soup kitchen.  Nominations including indirect service such as fundraising and collection efforts may be submitted but must have a primary focus on the provision of direct service. Individual member’s community service involvement does not qualify.

Outstanding Diversity Program: The Outstanding Diversity Program Award recognizes a student organization program that embodies the principles of UNCW’s Respect Compact.  Those principles are:

Outstanding Educational Program: UNCW students are engaged learners in constant pursuit of knowledge and UNCW student organizations have a powerful opportunity to implement programming in which they can continue their educational experience beyond the classroom.  Organizations are able to successfully engage the minds of not only their members, but all those in attendance, and in doing so, contribute to the foundation of UNCW’s core academic mission. **This award will be given to the student organization that articulates how its members met the identified learning objectives established for this program and demonstrated a significant impact on its audience and the members of the organization as a whole.

Outstanding Social Program: UNCW student organizations promote high quality social programs that complement the rigor of our academic environment.  These programs become cherished Seahawk experiences by maturing into UNCW’s proudest traditions and highly energetic school-spirited events. The most Outstanding Social Program need not be issue based or educational. Instead this program should promote student participation in campus events and school spirit.  This should be an event created for student interaction and one which provides the opportunity for attendees to meet new people. 

Outstanding Marketing Material: (Print and Multimedia): The Outstanding Marketing Material Award recognizes originality, technical proficiency and targeted messaging in the creation of print or multimedia materials supporting marketing campaigns by student organizations during the academic year. The concept and design of the materials must have originated with members of the organization being marketed. The goal of the overall campaign should be implicitly or explicitly evident in the materials submitted. Materials entered in the print category may include posters, flyers, T-shirt designs or static online text demonstrating strong design, clear message, creative concept and careful execution. A maximum of three submissions per student organization may be entered. Entries must be submitted as PDF files. Materials entered in the multimedia category may include video, audio or interactive online media demonstrating strong continuity, clear message, creative concept and careful execution. A maximum of three submissions per student organization may be entered. Each video and audio entry must be no longer than two minutes in duration. **All submissions must be the work of currently enrolled UNCW students.

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Who can submit nominations?

Anyone can submit a nomination on behalf of a student organization, although most of our applications come directly from the organizations themselves, so don't be shy about self-nominating!

Visit the Gateway Lounge (2nd Floor of the Fisher Student Center) to see our past winners in each category.

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