Student Leadership Awards recognize the leadership, talent, and impact Middlebury students have on campus and in the local community.
Students, faculty, and staff are invited to nominate students or student organizations for any of the awards listed below.
Please take some time to read the descriptions of the awards below. To nominate students or student groups for the Student Leadership Awards, visit the form here. You are welcome to nominate individuals or groups for more than one award. You can also use previous recommendations you've written for your nominees.
To nominate students for the Public Service Leadership Awards (PSLAs), visit the website here.
**Nomination Deadline is March 20**
Thank you for your help to honor and celebrate our students in this way.
Dean of the College Awards
Awarded annually to a sophomore woman of color who throughout her first year demonstrated leadership, scholarship, and activism in the college community. The purpose of the award is to encourage academic excellence and affirm the important role of diversity on campus.
Barbara J. Buchanan '62 Memorial Prize
Established in 1962 in memory of Barbara Buchanan '62. Awarded to a graduating senior woman who represents Barbara’s academic excellence and her ideal of service.
First-Year Achievement Prize
Awarded annually to a well-rounded first-year student who demonstrates academic excellence and relates well to others. (Students who entered as first-years in February 2016 are eligible for this award as well.)
Peter Kohn Service Award
Presented annually to the student-athlete who best exemplifies the spirit of community and service demonstrated by Peter Kohn.
Public service takes shape in many different ways—through volunteering, activism, and advocacy—and these awards recognize the enormous contribution made by our student body to our College, surrounding communities, and beyond.
Scott Center Interfaith Cooperation Award
Given to a student, students or student groups that actively promote and facilitate interfaith understanding, communication, or programming.
Scott Center Spiritual Life Innovation Award
Given to a student or student group that shows unusual originality in the development of religious activities on campus, or that provides a unique expression of serious engagement with religious and moral issues.
Scott Center Spiritual Life Leadership Award
Given to a student who advances spiritual life on campus or supports the spiritual journey of peers through prayer, study, or other activities.
Carri A. Smith ’98 Award – Outstanding Commons Member
Given annually to a student who most exemplifies the ideals of the Commons, a passion for Middlebury College, and a commitment to student life.
Alexander Twilight 1823 Diversity and Community Leadership Award
Given to the student who best exemplifies Twilight’s leadership and determination to effect change within the Middlebury community by transcending boundaries of race, class, and gender through active collaboration.
Franklin G. Williams 1913 and Sara H. Williams 1912 Memorial Award
Awarded to a sophomore student on the basis of deep human qualities of natural kindness, perceptivity of the needs and feelings of others, and an abiding sense of personal responsibility.
Dean of the College and Student Government Association Awards
Outstanding Campus Leader
This award recognizes a junior or senior who has shown outstanding leadership during their Middlebury experience. Through innovation, motivation, initiative, and perseverance, this individual will have demonstrated a commitment to creating positive change in our campus community.
Extraordinary Emerging Leader
This award recognizes a first-year or sophomore student who has demonstrated outstanding leadership or involvement at Middlebury College. This individual will have an established dedication to organizing events/activities and will have actively worked to improve Middlebury College and/or the greater community.
Student Government Association Awards
Presented annually to a student in the sophomore class who personifies excellent academic achievement and a unique passion for learning, significant involvement in the Middlebury College community, and a genuine commitment to and compassion for others.
An exceptional program, presentation, production or cultural event that is created and executed by a student, group of students or student organization. The program must be original in theme, timely and appropriate, and have a significant positive impact on Middlebury College and/or the greater community.
Outstanding Leader of a Student Organization
Presented to the student who whose leadership and service has greatly benefitted the mission of a student organization. This individual will have demonstrated a commitment to the goals of their organization. Most importantly, this student will have worked to motivate the actions and ideas of the organization to better the Middlebury College community.
Outstanding New Organization Award
Given to a newly formed organization in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Middlebury College community. This organization will have addressed a present need or community issue. Creativity, innovation and sustainable programming exemplify this organization. The following new student orgs are currently eligible:
League of Legends
Middlebury American Chemical Society
Tabletop Gaming Club
Outstanding Overall Achievement Award
Given to an organization in recognition of outstanding sustained contributions to the Middlebury College and/or the greater community. Creativity, innovation, and sustainability in programming exemplify this organization. Current members of an organization may nominate their own group if it meets the above criteria.