Gayle R. Davis Award

Gayle R. Davis First Generation College Student Emerging Leader Award

During the 2017-2018 academic year, President Thomas J. Haas authorized the establishment of the Gayle R. Davis First Generation College Student Emerging Leader Award to be presented by the University to a first generation sophomore or junior college student who shows a promising future as a leader.  This award is named for Gayle R. Davis who served as Provost and Executive Vice President from 2002-2017, and who was herself a first generation student and a collaborative leader.  Dr. Davis retired from Grand Valley in Spring 2017.  The Davis Award is a tribute to the high regard the University has for Dr. Davis and to the many outstanding contributions she made throughout her tenure.  

Criteria

The Gayle R. Davis First Generation College Student Emerging Leader Award recognizes a sophomore or junior who is the first in their family to attend college and shows a promising future as a leader. The selected individual:

  • is a first generation college student
  • is making a positive impact in the Grand Valley or external community
  • is exhibiting collaborative leadership qualities
  • is excelling academically
    • has a GPA of 3.3 or higher
    • has earned between 25 and 84 credit hours at the time of nomination

Gayle R. Davis Award

The nomination form can be submitted by the student candidate or by the faculty/staff sponsor. This form requires the following nominee information: First/Last Name, Email, Phone Number, G-Number, and Major. One faculty/staff sponsor letter of support (PDF), describing the involvement and leadership experience as stated in the award description, must be uploaded. The nomination form is open and will close on February 8. Following the nomination process, students will be contacted to complete the Nominee Response Form.

Davis Nomination Form

Following the nomination process, student candidates will be contacted to complete the Nominee Response Form. This form includes two reflective essays around the award criteria. This form will be open starting in December until Monday, February 18.

Davis Nominee Response Form

The Gayle R. Davis Award applications are reviewed by a committee of faculty and staff. The award recipients will receive an invitation to the annual GVSU Student Awards Convocation (April).



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