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Global Citizenship Award for Students

The annual Global Citizenship Award recognizes one current undergraduate or graduate student for their outstanding global and intercultural competency. 

Nominations for the 2024 award are invited from the Drake campus community by the deadline of February 11th. Nominations should be submitted via this online form

A letter of nomination should be submitted recommending an individual for the award and explaining the context and manner in which the nominator has come to know the student. This may be submitted by any member of the Drake campus community, including faculty, staff, administration, current students, and alumni. Students may self-nominate for this award, in which case they must submit a letter of support from a member of the Drake campus community. 

Pursuant to the University’s mission to prepare students for “responsible global citizenship,” this letter must also explain how the nominee has made outstanding contributions toward enhancing their global and intercultural competency during their Drake career. Preference will be given to nominees who demonstrate any of the following attributes:

  • Direct student-faculty engagement on joint research or other projects related to global or international topics
  • Collaboration with international or local-global communities on a Global Service Learning project*

*Global Service Learning is defined as:

“[T]he intersection of service-learning, immersion in global contexts, and intercultural education. GSL is a form of experiential education that combines academic learning and meeting a relevant community-defined need. Quality service-learning is undertaken intentionally and integrates effective cross-cultural interaction, ongoing reflection, and assessment.” (Office of Community Engaged Learning and Service)

The nominee must be a current undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in any Drake degree program and who is in good academic standing. The nominee cannot have won this award within the past five years.

Nominees who indicate a willingness to be considered will be invited to submit a resume/CV and a brief statement. One or two additional letters of support from faculty, staff, or students may be submitted to support the nomination; this is optional. The recipient of the award will be strongly encouraged to present at the following year's annual Global Citizenship Forum. 

Any individual who was nominated for the award in the preceding year may be re-nominated. A record of previous nominees is maintained for two years. If a student is re-nominated, the nominator will be invited to review the file from the previous year to ensure that the nomination details are current.

Nominations for the 2024 award are due February 11th, 2024, and the recipient will be announced later in the Spring term. The selected awardee will receive a plaque and an award of up to $1,000. Nomination letters should be submitted via this online form