General Criteria

Recipients are full-time undergraduate students who, through their leadership, have made outstanding contributions to the University or Milwaukee community over the duration of their time at Marquette.

Students are not recognized solely on the basis of their employment records or office or position held, but for the breadth and depth of their leadership.

Eligibility for nomination is based on scholarship, leadership and service. Award recipients must be 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.

All full-time undergraduate students regardless of class-standing are eligible for awards (except where noted).

After initial letters of nomination are received, nominees will be asked to respond to a few questions as well as submit a resume. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the Career Services Center to help them strengthen their resumes and responses.

Award Categories

Rev. Andrew J. Thon, S.J. Award for Leadership First presented in 1993, the Vice President's Award for Distinguished Leadership, Scholarship, and Service honors a graduating senior for leadership contributions that have increased in depth and breadth to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities during the course of his or her undergraduate career. The highest honor presented by the Division of Student Affairs, this award recognizes student excellence as a leader who embodies the ideals expressed in the University Mission.

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Rev. Robert A. Wild, S.J. Spirit of Marquette Award was established in 1992 to honor recognized student organizations for carrying out the Mission of the University through contributions to the Marquette and Milwaukee communities. Up to three awards are given annually and are accompanied by a monetary gift of at least three hundred dollars to support the future activities of the organization. The Reverend Robert A. Wild, S.J. Spirit of Marquette Award is given to organizations that have most exemplified the University mission through their programs and services. Specific contributions through fostering personal and professional excellence, forming ethical and informed leaders, developing men and women dedicated to the service of others, and/or promoting a life of faith are considered.

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Celebration and Promotion of Diversity and Inclusion Award Awarded to a student who serves as an agent of change committed to leading others in cultural consciousness and appreciation for diversity and inclusion within Marquette, local, regional, and/or global communities. The recipient engages in both philosophical and practical educational opportunities, which promote greater learning, appreciation and understanding of diverse prospective.

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Community Service Award Presented to the outstanding student who exemplifies the Ignatian ideal of “men and women for and with others”. This student shows genuine dedication to the ideals of social justice and authentic relationships with the greater community and impacts the Marquette community by empowering their peers to serve and/or by increasing awareness of injustice. Because of their leadership, the recipient of this award has made significant contributions to both the campus community and the local, national, or global community.

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Faith in Action Award Awarded to the student who exemplifies the imperative to "Seek God in All Things," and demonstrated love for God by serving his or her neighbor and inspiring others within the co-curricular environment to do the same.

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Innovation Award Presented to the outstanding student who demonstrated innovation through thought and action and contributed to the improvement of the Marquette community or student experience in a transformational and groundbreaking way.

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Magis Award Awarded to the student who has demonstrated the ability to connect communities across campus to improve the student experience. Through collaborative leadership, this individual challenges the Marquette community to live up to its ideals embedded in the Mission.

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Wellness Award Awarded to the student who leads the campus community in promotion of health and well-being through leadership in an organization or significant educational initiative.

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Dedication Award Awarded to the student who has shown commitment and dedication to an organization or initiative, working behind the scenes and exemplifying humble leadership.

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Emerging Leader Award Awarded to a student in his or her first year of study at Marquette (first-year or transfer) who demonstrated initiative, motivation, and potential for continued student leadership within the university.

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Mentorship Award Awarded to the student who mentored and encouraged other students to develop effective skills that impact the campus community and enrich the lives of Marquette students.

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Student Employment Award Awarded to the Division of Student Affairs student employee who went far beyond his or her paid responsibilities by demonstrating the University’s mission through his or her paid work.

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Student Leadership Awards

Student leadership awards

The Division of Student Affairs presents leadership awards annually to recognize student contributions to the mission and activities of the various student affairs areas. Students are nominated by staff from the division and throughout the university and are selected by a committee representing each of the student affairs departments and Campus Ministry. Awards are presented at a program held each year in April. Read more about the student leadership awards.