Student Government Association

2020-2021 Student Leadership Awards


Each year, we recognize the accomplishments of students, student organizations and the faculty/staff who support them by awarding a series of USM Student Leadership Awards.  Nominations are now open for the 2020-2021 awards.

Nominations may be made by any member of the USM community - students, faculty or staff.  Award nominations are due no later than:

Friday, March 26th at 4:00 pm.

It is the nominator's reponsibility to complete the nomination form (links below). Be sure to answer all of the questions and detail the nominee's strengths in relation to the award for which the individual, or group, is being nominated.  Award recipients are selected solely on the content of these answers, so please be specific!

Awards Criteria

For individual student awards, nominees should meet the following criteria:
Currently enrolled at USM (verified by the Office of the Registrar)
Grade point average of at least a 2.25 cumulative (verified by the Office of the Registrar)
Good standing within the University Conduct System (verified by Community Standards)

For group awards, nominees should meet the following criteria:
Recognized by the University as an active student organization

For event award, nominees should meet the following criteria:
Sponsored by a USM organization or department

For the faculty/staff awards, recipients should meet the following criteria:
Employed by the University of Southern Maine during the 2020-2021 academic year

Award criteria will be verified for individual award nominees (University status, GPA, conduct standing).  Nominees not meeting the basic criteria will be removed from the selection process.  Nominators will be notified of any issues that may arise.

Award Nomination Forms

Full list of awards with descriptions

Contribution to Campus Diversity 
Contribution to Campus Life
Emerging Leader
Event of the Year
Outstanding New Student Organization
Outstanding Student Leader
Outstanding Student Organization Advisor
Senior Husky Achievement Award
Service to Community 
Distinguished Scholars Award

Student Employee of the Year
Graduate Student Employee of the Year
Student-focused Faculty Award
Student-focused Staff Award
Student Organization of the Year

A selection committee (comprised of students, faculty, and staff) will review all award nominations. 

A few reminders for you all regarding the 2020-2021 Student Leadership Awards and Gala

  • We will continue to accept nominations for our outstanding student leaders on campus until Tomorrow.
  • Due to the restriction of large gatherings across the state, we will NOT be hosting an awards gala in person this year.  Instead, we will be hosting a Virtual Awards Ceremony to honor our amazing students, staff, and faculty!