Student Leadership Awards

Each spring, the university hosts the Annual Student Leadership Banquet to recognize student leaders for their outstanding service and commitment to the campus and community.  Faculty, staff, students, and community members are encouraged to nominate deserving students. Self-nomination is also permitted. Nominations are due by Friday, March 1, 2024. There are five award nomination categories:

Outstanding Student Leader

This award is for students who assumed leadership roles and who have demonstrated strong leadership qualities including responsibility, initiative, and commitment.  They have served as exemplary role models for other students and have contributed to the university above and beyond their academic or employment commitments between March 2023-March 2024.

Excellence in Leadership

This advanced leadership award honors up to five students who have had significant, in-depth leadership experiences. They have been consistent in their participation in voluntary leadership positions, are in good academic and social standing, and have significantly contributed to the SUNY Cortland community between March 2023-March 2024.

Outstanding Senior

This award honors a graduating senior whose level of involvement within the university community, strong leadership abilities, academic achievements and social standing throughout their time at SUNY Cortland exemplify what can be achieved through commitment, caring and hard work.

Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This award honors a student who has demonstrated leadership in advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion and contributed to building a community where all students feel safe and welcomed. 

Leadership in LGBTQAIP Advocacy

This award honors a student who has demonstrated leadership in advocacy for the LGBTQAIP community and contributed to building a community where all students feel safe and welcomed.

Please consider nominating a deserving student: Student Leadership Award Nomination Form