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.

Nomination Process

Please take some time to read the descriptions of the awards below and nominate students or student groups for the Student Leadership Awards. 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

The Center for Community Engagement’s Public Service Leadership Award nominations due April 7 and their awards ceremony is on April 28. Visit CCE for more information.

**Nomination Deadline is April 16**

Thank you for your help to honor and celebrate our students in this way.

2021 Student Leadership Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 20 

5–6:30 p.m.

Location TBD


Dean of Students Awards

Angels Award

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 2019 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.

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 

Given annually to a student who most exemplifies a commitment to student life and a passion for Middlebury College.

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 Students 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

Baumgarten ‘98 and Udzenija ‘99 Student Government Association Memorial Award

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.

Extraordinary Initiative

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:

  • Students for Justice in Palestine
  • Beautiology
  • Makers Space
  • Math Club
  • Concerned Students at Middlebury
  • First Generation Investing

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.