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Senior Student Awards Categories


Students eligible to be nominated are undergraduate multicultural students who graduated in fall 2019, or who will graduate spring 2020 or summer 2020 from the University Park campus.

Academic Scholarship Award
Awarded to the student who has completed or is currently involved in working on a significant research project, a thesis or scholarly paper, presentation at a conference, or other scholarly work. This student must have a cumulative grade-point average of 3.00 or better as of the beginning of spring 2020.

Inspiring Student Leader Award
Awarded to the student who has kept a low profile and has toiled behind the scenes to make certain that student programs and organizations are successful. This student has taken the initiative, accepted and carried out responsibility, and completed a task without recognition.

Student Leadership Award
Awarded to the student who has provided outstanding leadership in activities (such as student government, social services, cultural development, etc.) at Penn State. This person has also been a spokesperson and role model for multicultural students.

Resilient Student Award
Awarded to the student who has demonstrated initiative, perseverance, and the ability to overcome significant obstacles in attaining his/her degree. This student has improved his/her grade-point average as he/she progresses toward graduation.

Student Organization Award
Awarded to the organization or group that has significantly promoted equity and inclusion, has supported multicultural students at the University, and has represented the University in a favorable light this year.

Volunteer Service Award
Awarded to the student who has significantly contributed to campus and/or community service initiatives and who has made an important contribution as a volunteer in service organizations.