Student Awards

DeVry recognizes outstanding student achievement by granting annual awards for leadership, service, innovation and impact, academic performance and perseverance. These prestigious awards, among the highest bestowed by DeVry, honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions and achieved success through their dedication, involvement, service and creative leadership.

Award recipients are recognized at local ceremonies often held at or near graduation.


  Download each of the five award applications below in Adobe Acrobat (*.PDF)

  1. Leadership Award Application
  2. Service Award Application
  3. Innovation/ Impact Award Application
  4. Academic Performance Award Application
  5. Perseverance Award Application


AWARD DESCRIPTIONS

1. Leadership Award

This national award is bestowed upon the undergraduate student who has exhibited outstanding extracurricular leadership within the DeVry University community.

Criteria:

  1. Evidence of community service awards or commendations, including exemplary work in communities before and during DeVry experience
  2. Demonstrate a leadership role, which includes planning, set-up, or implementation of successful campus or community events.
  3. Recognition for their work in the local community.
  4. Nature of the work for which leadership has been recognized brings credit to both the recipient and the University.

Nomination Process:

Members of the H&A Committee nominate the candidates, and submit the list to the Metro or Campus President who will then select the winner with input from faculty and staff.

2. Service Award

This national award is betowed upon the undergraduate student who has exhibited outstanding extracurricular leadership within the DeVry University community.

Criteria:

  1. Evidence of substantial efforts outside of class to support the DeVry community and beyond, through either a single, sustained effort or multiple service projects benefitting the university or the community.
  2. Displays professionalism and passion in service efforts.
  3. Whereas the leadership award comes with continuing recognition of leadership ability, the service award honors those who are always there to assist and may be unheralded mentors to the success of others.

Nomination Process:

Members of the H&A Committee nominate the candidates, and submit the list to the Metro or Campus President who will then select the winner with input from faculty and staff. 
Faculty advisors to student groups may be a significant source of input.

3. Innovation/ Impact Award

This national award is presented to the undergraduate individual or team deemed to have designed the most creative entrepreneurial project that would likely benefit a community.

Criteria:

  1. Must include a holistic view of project, and must be recognized by internal and external judges and reviewers as exemplary and exhibiting outstanding creativity.
  2. Project or design(s) should be dynamic and on the leading edge of change.
  3. These cutting edge ideas should create meaningful new relationships, processes or concepts.
  4. Project shows student(s) ingenuity and personal responsibility for creating, designing or taking advantage of new opportunities.

Nomination Process:

Members of the H&A Committee nominate the candidates, and submit the list to the Metro or Campus President who will then select the winner with input from faculty and staff, including the chief academic officer, head of student services, and head of career services.

4. Academic Performance Award

This award is bestowed upon one student from each of the University's five Colleges who best demonstrates outstanding academic achievement in his or her program of study.  Undergraduate students enrolled on campus or online may be eligible to receive this award.

Criteria:

  1. "Outstanding" means high GPA: Comparable high GPAs may be differentiated by faculty commendations/recommendations.
  2. "Outstanding academic distinction" may include achievements that go beyond grade book and activities that reflect scholarly excellence in a given field of study.
  3. Student may have consistently earned Deanís List recognition.

Nomination Process:

Members of the H&A Committee nominate the candidates, and submit the list to the Metro or Campus President who will then select the winner with input from faculty and staff. Determination of winner will be made by the Metro chief academic officer after review of grade records as a benchmark.

It is anticipated that award determination will be made with relevant input from faculty and staff that brings a broad academic perspective.

5. Perseverance Award

This award recognizes one undergraduate student from each of the University's five colleges who has exhibited perseverance and achieved outstanding success under challenging circumstances. Undergraduate students enrolled on campus or online may be eligible to receive this award.

Criteria:

  1. Student determination in achieving graduation.
  2. Student has endured and shown steady persistence in completing studies and achieving graduation.
  3. Goals have been achieved despite difficulties, obstacles, or discouragements.
  4. Student has been tenacious and has refused to give up on educational goals.

Nomination Process:

Members of the H&A Committee nominate the candidates, and submit the list to the Metro or Campus President who will then select the winner with input from faculty and staff, chief academic officer, head of student affairs, and head of career services.


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