Nomination Information

Eligibility for nomination is based on scholarship, leadership and service. Award recipients must be undergraduate students in good academic and disciplinary standing and demonstrate a balance of academic and co-curricular excellence. A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is expected for award recipients.

Nominate someone for one of the following awards (self-nominations are welcome):

Nomination Deadline
Midnight on Wednesday, March 30

Supplemental Info Deadline (from nominees)
9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 4, 2016

Awards Reception
Friday, April 22, 2016 at 12:15 pm in Sheslow Auditorium.


Submitting a Nomination

  • Awards are in two categories: Individual Leadership Awards and Student Organizations & Programming Awards
  • After selecting the award category, click the links to find the nomination form for each award
  • It is highly recommended that you first write your response to the longer questions in a Word document and save for your records, then copy and paste into the online form
  • Once you submit a form you should receive a confirmation email within minutes. If you do not receive an email please contact 
  • After nominations are received, nominees will receive a copy of your nomination and will be asked to provide supplemental information


Individual Leadership Awards

Class Year Awards-
Awarded to first-year through senior/P2 students who have made extraordinary contributions through leadership and involvement in the Drake community. They have demonstrated their commitment in making Drake a better place. Their academic and extracurricular involvement, as well as their character, exemplifies the best in all Drake students.

Outstanding President/Chairperson Award-
Awarded to a University-recognized student organization president or chairperson who has demonstrated outstanding leadership. This student's work represents the ideals of the organization and his or her innovative ideas have strengthened the character of the organization and fostered campus unity.

Outstanding Student Organization Officer -
Awarded to a University-recognized student organization office who has exhibited outstanding leadership for their organization and campus community during their term. This person has gone above and beyond their organizational responsibilities to have a positive impact on their organization’s members and the campus community. New in 2016

Outstanding Residence Hall Leader Award-
Given to a student who possesses strong leadership characteristics and exhibits an outstanding commitment to building community in their on-campus living environment.

Drake Service Award:Individual -
Given to an individual who has demonstrated commitment to build up relationships in communities of which they are a part through the depth and/or breadth of their involvements. This student has provided meaningful service that has strengthened relationships between Drake University and the Greater Des Moines community. 

Wanda E. Everage Peer Mentor Award- 
This award is given to a student who has made an extraordinary contribution to the life of another Drake student or students. Most notably, their commitment to others has distinguished them as an outstanding peer mentor. This award is named in honor of Wanda E. Everage whose twenty-four year career at Drake was marked by a unique passion for mentoring students and empowering them to build meaningful relationships with their peers.

Oreon E. Scott Award - Exemplary Senior at Drake
The Oreon E. Scott Award recipient is considered to be the outstanding senior student at Drake. Excellence in scholarship, leadership, service and involvement are hallmarks of the Oreon E. Scott Award winner. As part of their honor, the recipient will have the opportunity to speak at Commencement. This award requires additional supporting information. 

Organization Adviser of the Year-
This award is presented to an adviser who has served a Drake University group above and beyond expectations. The adviser has a strong belief in the organization, a willingness to commit sufficient time to the organization, encourages the development of responsibility and leadership in students, and displays an interest in students’ personal growth and development. This individual may be new to the position or may have been working with the group for several years. New in 2016


Student Organization & Programming Awards

Outstanding Organization Award-
Given to a University-recognized student organization that has shown an overall level of excellence in its members, programs, and services during the academic year. The organization supports the leadership development of its members, seeks opportunities to collaborate with other student organizations and/or University departments, and positively contributes to the Drake university community.

Drake Service Award:Organization - 
Given to a student organization or group that have demonstrated commitment to build up relationships in communities of which they are a part through the depth and/or breadth of their involvements. This organization has provided meaningful service that has strengthened relationships between Drake University and the Greater Des Moines community. All community service projects, activities, etc should have been completed during the 2015-2016 school year.

Outstanding Educational Program Award- 
This award is presented to the University-recognized student organization who created a program(s) that encouraged the Drake community’s growth of knowledge, understanding, or skill on any issue, topic, or subject.

Outstanding Social Program Award- 
This award is given to an organization that provides positive social interaction between students, demonstrates strategic planning and creativity, utilizes excellent publicity techniques to reach targeted audience, and provides a fun opportunity for a significant number of Drake University students.

Outstanding Diversity Program Award-
Presented to an organization that has demonstrated outstanding leadership on issues central to intercultural understanding. The award recognizes efforts of a program that has enhanced campus climate related to race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, religious/ethical value system, culture,age, socio-economic background or physical ability/attributes and had promoted, developed, or supported educational opportunities related to diversity for the Drake community.

Outstanding Weekend Alcohol Alternative Program Award-
This award honors a student organization that demonstrated, through a program, event, or awareness campaign, a continuing commitment to engaging students in an environment that provides an alternative to alcohol

Outstanding Collaboration Award:
This award recognizes collaborations among two or more student organizations or groups. The cosponsored program, project, or initiative should have been a new effort, one that brought together different facets of campus and which served to build and strengthen the campus community. New in 2016

University News
December 2, 2016
Twenty executives from 14 central Iowa companies have graduated from the Executive Education Center at Drake University’s Leading Others program. The intensive 18-month program enhances participants’ ability to lead organizations through times of stability and change.