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Individual Student Leadership Awards

Award Qualifications for ALL Student Awards: Candidates must be in good standing with the University.

The following awards may have more than one recipient each year. They may also remain unawarded if the Selection Committee determines that no suitable candidates have completed the application process.

Faith and Conviction Award

The nominee for this award displays extraordinary commitment to visibly living out their values. In their leadership, they exhibit thoughtfulness and joy. In addition, they engage the minds and hearts of others, challenging them to actively reflect on their own values.
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Riley Award

The award provides recognition to a junior student who has   exercised sustained leadership through involvement with student initiatives, exemplifying the educational and service values of the University. The recipient of the Riley Award will also receive a financial award in the amount of one thousand two hundred dollars ($1300) ($650 per term for their senior year).

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Spirit of Community Award

The nominee for this award consistently engages others in a manner that acknowledges their dignity and personhood. They display leadership through their empowerment of others, their demeanor of caring and concern, and their ability to create or enhance a welcoming, familial atmosphere.
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Dedication and Commitment

The nominee for this award displays exceptional dedication and commitment in the face of unforeseen challenges. Like Mary, they act with faith and are willing to say “yes” when called upon to excel. They exhibit humility, dependability, and compassion in their leadership.
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Nontraditional/Commuter Student Award

The nominee for this award has a demonstrated record of outstanding service, leadership and academic achievement while providing service and leadership to the campus community throughout his/her career at the University of Dayton.
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Emerging Leader Award

The nominee for this award exemplifies leadership through service, academic excellence, and active engagement in the campus community during their first or second year at UD. Additional Award Qualifications: Candidates must be in their first or second year at University of Dayton.
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Distinguished Contributions Award

The nominee for this award is a senior who has made a distinctive mark through their positive contributions to UD and the community throughout his/her tenure. Special consideration is given to candidates who have displayed innovation in developing projects or responding to university or community issues/needs. Additional Award Qualifications: All candidates must be students with one semester or less left at UD.
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Visionary Leadership Award

The nominee for this award strives in his/her own unique way to achieve a future community of leaders working for the common good of society. The candidate for this award must be an active member of the University of Dayton community through their leadership and involvement on campus.
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Marianist Voluntary Service Award

The nominee for this award is a senior who has shown exceptional commitment to voluntary service in the local, national, or global community outside of the University.  Special consideration is given to candidates who have displayed innovation in developing projects or sustained commitment to a significant community service experience during their tenure at UD. Additional Award Qualifications: All candidates must be students with one semester or less left at UD.
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Nancy Bramlage Award

The nominee for this award is a senior who has shown exceptional commitment to nonviolent activism and/or advocacy for social justice.  Special consideration is given to candidates who have displayed innovation or sustained commitment to their work for the common good during their tenure at UD. Additional Award Qualifications: All candidates must be students with one semester or less left at UD.
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Mary M. Shay Award Of Excellence In Both Academic And Extracurricular Activities

The nominee for this award is a senior who has shown exceptional commitment to their academic and co-curricular activities. The candidate for this award must be an active member of the University of Dayton community through their academic studies, leadership and involvement on campus. Additional Award Qualifications: All candidates must be students with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and one semester or less left at UD.
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