University of Vermont

Awards for Only First Year, Sophmore, and Junior Students

Outstanding Achievement Award

This award is presented to a student from each class year (FR, SO, JR) who, through their achievements, have made a valuable contribution and lasting impact on the UVM campus and/or surrounding community. Each nominee has demonstrated commitment, responsibility, and enthusiasm in their involvement and is valued and respected by those with whom they work.

Patrick M. Brown Leadership Award

This award is presented to one student who has been involved in a variety of activities but has not necessarily held formal leadership positions. It recognizes a person who rarely receives recognition for their work "behind the scenes." Nominees have demonstrated great dedication and dependability, and have earned the respect of others.

Activism & Commitment to Justice Award

This award will be presented to a student who has demonstrated a commitment to justice and/or has been and activist, trying to create positive change for the campus, the Burlington community and/or the world. The individual should have strong leadership, passion, and dedication to a particular issue or collection of issues.

Environmental Citizen Award

Co-sponsored by the UVM Eco-Reps, the Office of Sustainability, and Student Life

The Environmental Citizen Award recognizes a UVM student who demonstrates outstanding commitment to the environment. Nominations are open to undergraduate students whose behavior set an example and inspire others to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. The award will go to the nominee that shows the most commitment, creativity, and leadership in their efforts to conserve and protect our natural resources.

President's Award for Outstanding Organization

Any student organization (club, team, honorary group, Greek chapter, etc.) is eligible to receive this award. The award is based on the organization's leadership, active members, growth over the past year, programmatic efforts, collaborative efforts with other groups, and contributions the organization has made to UVM and/or the surrounding community.

Outstanding Advisor Award

Any advisor/coach to a student organization may receive this award. The award is given to an advisor who has fulfilled a strong educational role and has helped students learn through their involvement. They demonstrates dedication, availability, and energy in their involvement with their students. They are valued and respected by those students with whom they work and have a strong understanding of the organization's needs and goals.

Awards for All Class Years

Step Up. Think. Care. Act.

This award is presented to a student whose actions have helped prevent or end incidents of harm or injustice (including: bias incidents, gender-based violence, or community harm through alcohol and other drug use). This student has demonstrated a clear understanding of the concepts of power, privilege and oppression and has been active on the UVM campus through their involvements.

The Spirit of Service Award

Honors a student who has participated in community service with vigor, devotion, and an unshakable positive attitude. This student serves with an inspirational and infectious optimism and leads the way for others through their actions and involvement.

The Sustained Commitment Award

Recognizes a student who has truly been in it for the long haul. This student is someone who has actively and enduringly devoted time and energy to community service throughout their tenure at UVM.

The Unsung Champion Award

Honors a student for their substantive yet under-recognized contributions to the success of a community service project. This is a student whose dedication and behind-the-scenes support has proven invaluable for the betterment of the community.