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EIU Civic Engagement and Volunteerism

EIU STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARDS

The Office of Leadership and Engagement (OLE) has an annual awards program to recognize the outstanding achievements of individual students, registered student organizations, student groups such as class projects, and the RSO advisor of the year. Depending on the award, students can self-apply or be nominated. Previous winners are not eligible to win the same award consecutive years in a row.

The OLE Awards will be announced in April each year. We will invite all nominees, the EIU community including student groups, faculty, administration, local community members, and parents to celebrate these accomplishments with us. Keep an eye on our social media as we recognize our winners!

For more information regarding the various individual and group awards, the applications, the deadline to apply, etc. please see below.

Application process: All awards may either be nominated or self-nominated. The application deadline is March 15 each year.

For the individual awards, if you want to nominate someone, please complete this short nomination form. We will then reach out to that student letting them know only that they have been nominated and to encourage them to fill out the application to fully be considered.

All other awards, all applications, and nominations should be submitted through the established form. Click the links below to access the descriptions/requirements of each award as well as the application.


Individual Awards (Student)

Emerging Leader Award
The Emerging Leader Award is awarded to an undergraduate student who has become an active member of the community through volunteering or is an outstanding new RSO member. Student must have a 2.75 GPA, have less than 60 credit hours, and be in good academic standing. The student must have at least 30 hours of local community service within the last 12 months. This award must be applied for through the EIU Scholarship system. 

Leveling Up Award
The Leveling Up award is awarded to current graduate students. This award is given to graduate students who has maintained at least a 3.00 GPA. The students are selected based off academic achievement, service to the community, participation in co-curricular activities and extracurricular activities as a student at Eastern. The Leveling Up award receipent must show exceptional qualities in volunteering, leadership, and making a difference in the Charleston community. This award must be applied for through the EIU Scholarship system. 

Making a Difference Award
The Making a Difference Award is for current undergraduate students who have actively participated in volunteering through Civic Engagement and Volunteerism. This student has demonstrated the importance of serving the campus, the community, and the country through their actions. Student must have a 2.75 GPA and be in good academic standing. Students who have not participated in CEVO volunteering programs will NOT be considered. This award must be applied for through the EIU Scholarship system. 

Panther of the Year
The Panther of the Year award is the highest award that an Eastern student may receive. The Panther of the Year award is given to up to 3 undergraduate students who have completed 70 credit hours and maintained at least a 3.00 GPA. The students are selected based on academic achievement, service to the community, participation in co-curricular activities, and extracurricular activities as a student at Eastern. The Panther of the Year must show exceptional qualities in volunteering, leadership, and making a difference in the Charleston community. This award must be applied for through the EIU Scholarship system. 

Unsung Hero Award
The Office of Leadership and Engagement supports the development of student leaders, but leaders aren’t always recognized or praised for their hard work and dedication. The Unsung Hero award is given to an undergraduate student who has served their organization, local community, or EIU in an effective and quiet manner. This award is for a student who may not have a leadership role but has committed time and energy to serve the organization and the Eastern community. The student is nominated by their peers, advisor, or faculty with or without the nominee’s knowledge.

Executive Member of the Year

Advocacy in Leadership Award

 

Faculty/Staff Awards

RSO Advisor of the Year
The advisors to our RSOs are incredible resources. These individuals sacrifice their time in order to share personal experiences and knowledge about the importance of being involved in an organization. The RSO Advisor of the Year not only encompasses all of these traits but exceeds all expectations of the position and deserves special recognition for his or her continual commitment to the Eastern Illinois University community and the student experience. Each RSO can nominate one advisor within their organization. Organizations can nominate other advisors within the Eastern Illinois University community as they see necessary. Two RSO Advisors will be awarded.

OLE Advocate/Partner of the Year
This award exists to recognize those outsides of our OLE community that serve as a means of support and advocacy for our students and community. While neither a current member nor advisor, these individuals assist in providing the encouragement necessary for our students to grow and thrive during their college experience. 

RSO Graduate Advisor of the Year

 

RSO/Programmatic Awards

Lead by Example Award
The Leading by Example Award is an award presented to a registered student organization that facilitates leadership development and promotes leadership opportunities for its members, the campus, and the community. This award can only be given to an RSO that has been established for two years or more. The organization must demonstrate the values of the Office of Leadership and Engagement. 

Outstanding Academic or Educational Program Award
The Outstanding Academic/Educational Program award is awarded to a student group (registered student organization, Greek chapter, class project, etc.…) that has hosted an event that encourages social, ethical, and/or civic responsibility through programming with education. This award is focused on a specific academic/educational program that furthered knowledge, and encouraged dialogue and learning among attendees. (An Example: A student organization host an educational presentation on food insecurity, and how to help students and the community.) This program could be a series of events or occur one time. This award can be self-nominated; or nominated by advisor; or attendee.

Small Registered Student Organization of the Year

Recognizes outstanding contributions by a small registered student organization (15 members or less). The organization must have made a significant impact on the Eastern Illinois University campus community through activities that reflect its mission and have exceeded its goals for the past academic year. 

Large Registered Student Organization of the Year

Recognizes the outstanding contributions by a large registered student organization (16 members or more). The organization must have made a signification impact on the Eastern Illinois University campus community through activities that reflect its mission and have exceeded its goals for the past academic year. 

Selection Criteria and nominee requirements for the Small and Large RSO of the Year:

  1. Must be a registered student organization for the 2022 academic year.
  2. Evidence of criteria can be found in:
    1. Quality of campus events held
    2. Successful recruiting 
    3. Organization Management
    4. Active and New Member participation
    5. Philanthropic and Community Service
    6. Accomplishing Set Goals
    7. Involvement with Campus Life
    8. Initiative to further member education and development
    9. The overall impact on the EIU community. 
    10. Social fraternity and sorority chapters hosted under the OLE office may not apply for these RSO awards. 

Outstanding New Registered Student Organization Award

Most Improved Student Organization

Inclusive Community Award

Diversity and Inclusion Award

Service Program Award

Program of the Year 

Programs that took place during the 2022 academic year are eligible to be nominated for this award. This award recognizes a program that encouraged EIU students to interact positively with their peers, allowed students to learn and engage outside the classroom, and/or provided an opportunity for students to have a better understanding and acceptance of others, and provided further education about culture, DEI efforts, etc. Overall, this program served as a model for other programmatic efforts. 

 

Fraternity and Sorority Excellence Awards (These awards recognize student leaders from the 2022 calendar year.)

Fraternity Man and Sorority Woman of the Year
This award recognizes individuals who represent their chapter, council and/or theEIU fraternity and sorority community through these values: Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Community. This person exemplifies the true meaning of being a fraternity/sorority member.

Outstanding New Member of Year (Fraternity and Sorority) 
This award recognizes new members in the fraternity and sorority community who represent their chapter and/or the EIU fraternity and sorority community through the values of Scholarship, Service, Leadership and Community. This person understands what being a fraternity/sorority member truly means. Individuals who joined their chapter during the Fall 2022 and Spring 2022 are eligible for this award.

Outstanding President of the Year (Fraternity and Sorority)
Outstanding President of the Year recognizes a chapter president for his or her dedication to the fraternity and sorority experience and EIU community.  For this award, a chapter or individual member must submit a one to two-page letter of recommendation about the individual.  A sorority and fraternity president will be named the winner of this award.  Chapters or individual members can nominate a president who held this position during the 2022 calendar year.  The nomination letter should explain major accomplishments made by the president, how he or she have affected the chapter, and their legacy.

Chapter of the Year Award
The Chapter of the Year Award will recognize one chapter that has excelled in the following areas during the past year:
Philanthropy & Community Service
Leadership & Membership Development
Inter-Fraternal Relations & Campus Involvement
Academic Achievement

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Contact Information

Civic Engagement and Volunteerism

Eastern Illinois University
MLK Jr. Union 3rd Floor
Charleston, IL 61920
217-581-3967
volunteer@eiu.edu


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