Student Award Nomination

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Student Award Nomination2020-08-13T15:12:53+00:00

Student Leadership Awards

Student leaders and student groups play a vital role in the success of the David Eccles School of Business. As the undergraduate student government, Business Leaders Inc. (BLinc) is excited to elevate examples of excellence in undergraduate student leadership and involvement through the 2019-2020 BLinc Student Leadership Awards. Students, staff and faculty are encouraged to help recognize the outstanding accomplishments and contributions of student leadership by participating in the award nomination process outlined below.

Traditionally, award recipients are recognized at BLinc’s end-of-year Student Leadership Celebration in April; due to COVID-19 we will be sending out school-wide communications, social media announcements and will have individual/group awards made for recipients in place of an in-person event.

The 2019-2020 award nomination process closed on April 1, 2020.

Nomination Process:

Faculty, student and staff are encouraged to submit nominations. Each nomination must be submitted individually for one of the two award categories, Student Awards and Student Group Awards. There is no limit to the number of nominations that a person submit.

To submit a nomination:

  • Review the letter of support criteria for the award you would like a student or student group to be considered for (information below)
  • Review the suggested writing topics for the nomination letter you are submitting and write your response.
    • Remember that all of the suggested writing topics do not need to be answered.  The suggested writing topics are here to help you write a strong nomination. Please limit response to 1 page, single-spaced, size 12 font. 
  • Submit a nomination form with your attached letter of support.

2020 Winners

2019 Winners

Award Descriptions 

Eccles Student of the Year 

The purpose of the Eccles’s Student of the Year Award is to recognize an individual student who demonstrates the four David Eccles School values: leadership, excellence, legacy, and perseverance. The recipient of this award will be selected by the Dean’s team.

Eligibility: The student recognized as the Eccles Student of the Year shows initiative through involvement and leadership in and outside of the classroom at the Eccles School. Through innovation, motivation, and perseverance, this person will have demonstrated a commitment to creating positive change in our Eccles community while upholding the David Eccles School values.

Suggested Writing Topic for Nomination Letter:

In writing a nomination for the Eccles Student of the Year, you may write about, but are not limited to, the topics listed below:

– How does this student emulate the four David Eccles values?
– How does this individual go above and beyond to demonstrate values of the Eccles School?
– What is the most memorable thing this individual has done for students or an organization?
– What impact has this individual had on the Eccles student community?
– Describe the student’s level of commitment to their area of leadership.


Student Employee of the Year 

The purpose of the Student Employee of the Year award is to recognize an exemplary student who demonstrates extraordinary leadership in a paid work position on-campus at the David Eccles School of Business.

Eligibility: This award will recognize a student who works one or multiple on-campus jobs over the course of the year and has demonstrated significant leadership qualities in their position(s).

Suggested Writing Topic for Nomination Letter:

In writing a nomination for the Student Employee of the Year, you may write about, but are not limited to, the topics listed below:

– How does this individual go above and beyond in their position?
– Describe the student’s level of commitment to their role/position.
– As a student employee, how has this student demonstrated a positive commitment and impact in service of the Eccles School?
– How does this individual support and encourage the organization(s) they are involved in?


Peer Mentor of the Year 

The purpose of the Peer Mentor of the Year award is to recognize an individual student who has been a mentor to another student, student group, or exemplified other means of peer mentorship at the David Eccles School of Business.

Eligibility: This student must have had formal or informal mentorship experience in the past year and has displayed leadership qualities within this role. Additionally, the student must be a positive role model to all students across campus.

Suggested Writing Topic for Nomination Letter:

In writing a nomination for the Peer Mentor of the Year, you may write about, but are not limited to, the topics listed below:

– How has this individual contributed to the growth and development of the student(s) or organization they mentor?
– What is the most memorable or impactful thing this individual has done for other students?
– How has this student inspired or acted as a positive role model for other students at the Eccles School?
– Describe how the mentor supports the goals and mission of the David Eccles School of Business.


Engaged Student Leader of the Year 

The Engaged Student Leader of the Year award recognizes an upper class (third-year and above) student who has shown outstanding involvement and leadership during their time at the David Eccles School of Business.

Eligibility: This student must be at least a third-year student at the University of Utah. The student must have improved the student experience with and/or quality of the organization(s) they have been involved in by being connected to activities of the organization, supporting students from the organization, and/or contributed significantly to the organization(s) in other ways. Most importantly, this individual will have worked to motivate the actions and ideas of the organization to better the School and University community.

Suggested Writing Topic for Nomination Letter:

In writing a nomination for the Engaged Student Leader of the Year, you may write about, but are not limited to, the topics listed below:

– How has this student’s leadership had a positive impact on you or other students?
– How does this individual support and encourage the organization(s) he or she is involved in to pursue excellence?
– How has this individual demonstrated the importance of student engagement and involvement at the Eccles School and campus?
– What has this individual done to inspire you and other students?


Emerging Student Leader of the Year 

The purpose of the Emerging Student Leader of the Year award is to recognize a well-rounded first or second-year student who has demonstrated a commitment to leadership and involvement early on in their collegiate experience.

Eligibility: The student must be a first or second-year student. The student recipient of this award must show initiative by being involved and engaged in and outside of the classroom through organizations and groups across the Eccles School and campus. As a leader, the student works to improve the student experience for those around them. Most importantly, this individual will have worked to motivate the actions and ideas from their areas of involvement to better the School and University community.

Suggested Writing Topic for Nomination Letter:

In writing a nomination for the Emerging Student Leader of the Year, you may write about, but are not limited to, the topics listed below:

– Describe the student’s leadership and involvement accomplishments.
– Describe the impact the student has made on campus or in the community.- With which organization(s) does the student work and what is their role within the group?
– How does this individual go above and beyond to lead and support other students?
– What characteristics make this student a great leader?


Student Organization of the Year 

The purpose of the Student Organization of the Year Award is to recognize a student group that demonstrates a significant commitment to student leadership development and made outstanding contributions to the mission of the David Eccles School of Business.

Eligibility: Group must be a recognized student organization at the University of Utah. The student group must have contributed to the overall well-being of the David Eccles School of Business. This organization will have actively and continually worked to improve the Eccles community and connect students to the purpose of the organization.

Suggested Writing Topic for Nomination Letter:

In writing a nomination for the Student Organization of the Year Award, you may write about, but are not limited to, the topics listed below:

– Reason for nomination.
– How did this organization or group make an effort to reach new students?
– What goals were, and how have they been achieved?
– What has this student group done to promote success at the David Eccles School of Business?
– Why do you believe this student group deserves the award?
– How do the members of the group support and encourage the organization?


Commitment to Community Award 

Impacting the world through civic engagement is of utmost importance. Public engagement in the community takes shape in many different ways—through volunteer service, activism, and advocacy. The Commitment to Community Award recognizes a student group or team that has shown a profound commitment to positive community impact through action, change, and learning over the last year.

Eligibility: This nomination is for a student group or team that demonstrates excellent service to the David Eccles School of Business or the community.

Suggested Writing Topic for Nomination Letter:

In writing a nomination for the student group Commitment to Community Award, you may write about, but are not limited to, the topics listed below:

– How has this group demonstrated a commitment to justice and strived to create positive change for the campus, the Eccles community, and the world?
– Share an example of how this group has prioritized addressing a particular community issue or collection of issues with vigor and devotion.
-How did this organization or group make an effort to engage others with community service, advocacy, or education?
– If highlighting a particulate service event:

  • Date of the act(s) of service (if available).
  • Purpose of service acts.
  • Describe the planning, execution, and outcome of the service provided.
  • How did the act(s) of service better or educate those that participated?
  • Who and how many people benefitted from the act(s) of service?

Commitment to Innovation Award 

The Commitment to Innovation Award recognizes a student group or team that has demonstrated innovation, creativity, and originality in the past year. This could include but is not limited to, programming, training, membership recruitment, or creative marketing.

Eligibility: This nomination is for a student group or team that has worked to implement innovation throughout their organization. Their creativity and originality have positively impacted the members of their organization and the Eccles community and community at large.

Suggested Writing Topic for Nomination Letter:

In writing a nomination for the student group Commitment to Innovation Award, you may write about, but are not limited to, the topics listed below:

– Describe how this group has embraced innovation throughout the past academic year
– Highlight how this group encourages members to celebrate creativity and originality in ways that support their organizational purpose
– It what was does this group put the notion of ‘thinking outside the box’ into action and practice.
– Explain an event organized by this student group that was considered innovative and original.
– Give an example of a creative training or piece of marketing from this student group.


Thank you for supporting our efforts to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of student leaders and student groups!