Student Life Awards

The Office of Student Life hosts the annual Student Life Awards (formally known as Recognition Awards) program to highlight amazing student leaders, student organizations and university entities for their dedication to Grand Valley State University's student life! This event is held in the Grand River Room on the second floor of the Kirkhof Center.

Students, registered organizations and university faculty/staff/departments may be nominated for several awards including programming awards, individual awards, & organizational awards along with area specific recognition (Community Service Learning Center (CSLC), Club Sports, Greek Life, etc.). A full list of all the awards available with a description of each award can be found below.

Nomination materials may include:

  • A brief paragraph stating why the nominee deserves the recognition. (Required)
  • Any other materials that help to make your case (Optional unless award description says otherwise).
    • Pictures, posters, newspaper articles, press releases, letters of support, agendas, minutes, websites, or letters of support

For more information please contact Tyler Wayne-Clark at


Programming Awards

Care For Community Award ($50)

Outstanding Educational Program ($50)

Outstanding Cultural Program ($50)

Collaboration ($25/group, $100 max)

Program of the Year ($100)



Detailed Descriptions of Programming Awards

Individual Awards

Outstanding General Member

Outstanding Financial Officer/Treasurer

Outstanding Vice President

Outstanding President

Jo Ann Litton Outstanding Advisor

Outstanding Faculty Member

Outstanding GVSU Department

Outstanding Community Ally

Emerging Leader Award

Detailed Descriptions of Individual Awards

Organization Awards

Best New Organization Award ($100)

Art Hills Spirit ($100)

Shelia Williams Outstanding Organization ($200)

Most Improved Organization ($100)




Detailed Descriptions of Organization Awards

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