Awards List

Eagle Awards

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Outstanding Leader

This is awarded to a member of any campus organization who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills while involved in the organization. Nominees for this award can be from any campus club or organization and did need to have held a formal leadership position.  The member has been instrumental in helping the organization work towards its mission as well as help plan and conduct successful programming.  This is the highest leadership award and therefore the individual’s contribution must have been exceptional to be considered.

Alex Naden Award

Alex Naden was a senior class officer who graduated from Mary Washington College in 2003. He was a member of the Rugby team, Giant, and worked in the Underground. But to list Alex’s accomplishments and believe that they convey him is to do him a disservice. What made Alex so special was who he was, not what he did. He made every person he spoke with feel special. He was authentic, he was funny, he was warm and caring, he was an amazing communicator and he always had a smile on his face and a ton of energy committed to everything he did. He lost his life in April 2003 as a result of a car accident. In his honor, we present this award to those who best embody the character that Alex so willingly and exceptionally personified.

Alumni Award

This is awarded to a senior who has demonstrated an outstanding combination of academic excellence, leadership, and service to Mary Washington. (The awardee is selected by a separate committee after eligible students are offered the opportunity to apply by the Alumni Office).

Kiwanis Award

 This is awarded to a senior who has demonstrated academic excellence, leadership, and service to Mary Washington and the Fredericksburg community. (The awardee is selected by a separate committee after eligible students are offered the opportunity to apply by the Alumni Office).

BLS Award

 This award recognizes a student enrolled in the BLS program for academic excellence as well as outstanding citizenship. (The awardee is selected by a separate committee after eligible students are offered the opportunity to apply by the Alumni Office).

 Clara Boyd Wheeler Award

 This is awarded to a graduating senior who exemplifies grace, a spirit of service and the ability to change lives.

Elizabeth M. Baumgarten Leadership Award

This is awarded to a senior for outstanding service to the university and community.

Outstanding Leader in a Sports Club

This is awarded to a member of an organization who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills while involved in a sports club. Nominees for this award must have been a regular member of a recognized UMW sports club and did not need to have held a formal leadership position.  The individual must demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, both on and off the field. The member has been instrumental in helping the organization work towards its mission as well as help plan and conduct a successful season.

Outstanding Leader on a Varsity Sports Team

Nominees for this award must be a member of a varsity sports team, and need not have held a formal leadership position. This is awarded to a member of an organization who has demonstrated outstanding leadership skills while involved on a sports team. The student should exemplify school spirit and must demonstrate outstanding sportsmanship and leadership, both on and off the field. The member has been instrumental in helping the team reach its goals and conduct a successful season.

Outstanding New Leader

This award is for individuals who have stepped up and taken on leading roles in their organization. Eligibility is not limited to titled positions. Nominees for this award can be from SGA, another governance body (ex. Honor Council, Judicial Review Board), or any club or student organization. Students have to show tremendous leadership capacity or ability in their organization. Examples include helping to plan successful programming or events that benefitted the club, organization, or campus as a whole.

Campus Contributor

This award recognizes a student leader, not necessarily associated with a group, club, or organization, whose efforts in a leadership role have benefited the entire Mary Washington campus community.  Nominees for this award must be graduating or rising seniors. Students must have demonstrated their commitment to bettering the campus community through their activities, with an emphasis on sustained impact, during their tenure at Mary Washington.

Unsung Hero

This award recognizes a student whose actions positively impacted their club, organization or the university while a member, but not serving in a formal leadership position. This award focuses on students who took the initiative throughout the year to help their club or group achieve their goals from behind the scenes.

Leader in Service

This award recognizes an underclassman who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to community service, either locally, regionally, nationally, or globally. The student must have demonstrated outstanding initiative in planning, organizing, and executing community service activities, while also demonstrating the ability to cooperate with other organizations, either on or off campus.

Leader in Honor

This award recognizes a student who through their behavior, actions, and efforts exemplify, the Honor Code. This individual must demonstrate the highest standards of honorable behavior, both in and out of the classroom. Further, through their efforts, they must have demonstrated their commitment to encourage fellow students to live honorably and help develop the culture of integrity at Mary Washington.

Outstanding Treasurer

This award recognizes the outstanding stewardship of group resources which includes organizing treasury books, reconciliation of ledgers and maintenance of the treasurer file. Additionally this individual should have shown initiative in increasing organization funds and obtaining necessary funding properly in order to implement planned events successful.
NOTE: Nominations will NOT be accepted for this award, the recipient will be chosen by the selection committee based on performance and treasurer records. Feedback will be requested from the Finance Committee as they conduct audits of club accounts.

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PROGRAMS AWARDS

Outstanding Diversity Program

This award recognizes an event put on by a club or organization that takes the lead in educating the campus community on issues related to diversity. This includes but is not limited to issues pertaining to women, racial/cultural, religion, gender and sexuality. The program should be unique, creative, marketed effectively, and successful in terms of its impact to the campus community beyond the organization’s own members.

Outstanding Philanthropy Program

This award recognizes an organization’s involvement in philanthropic activity that positively affects a targeted cause either locally or globally. The specific program may be held on or off campus and should relate to the organization’s mission. It is preferred that the activity had a notable impact on the organization and its members that continued throughout the year.

Outstanding Educational Program

This award recognizes an educational program that was successful in educating the campus community on a topic related to the organization’s mission in a creative and appealing way, and impacting the campus community beyond the organization’s own members.

Outstanding Large Scale Program
This award recognizes an organization for following its mission and purpose with planning and implementing a program, activity or service exceedingly well. The program should have had provided a positive reflection of the organization to the campus community beyond its own members.

Outstanding Small Scale Program
This award recognizes an organization for following its mission and purpose with planning and implementing a program, activity or service exceedingly well. The program should have had provided a positive reflection of the organization to the campus community beyond its own members.

 

ORGANIZATIONS AWARDS

Innovation in Fundraising Award

This award recognizes an organization which best exemplifies outstanding achievement in fundraising. The organization must have demonstrated creative strategies for raising funds for a particular cause or nonprofit organization. The cause or nonprofit organization may or may not relate to the mission of the organization. This award is open to all clubs and organizations including sports clubs.

Outstanding Community Service

This award recognizes an organization’s involvement in a community service activity that positively impacts the targeted community. The specific program may be held on or off campus and should relate to the organization’s mission. It is preferred that the activity had a notable impact on the organization and its members that continued throughout the year. This award is open to all clubs and organizations including sports clubs.

Collaborative Partnership Award

This award recognizes campus organizations for forging collaborative relationships for the purposes of achieving their objectives successfully and making an impact on campus throughout the academic year. Actions resulting from said collaborations should exceed co-sponsoring a single program and should illustrate an ongoing relationship that benefits all organizations involved as well as the campus community. This award is open to all clubs and organizations including sports clubs.

Outstanding Overall Achievement for a Club or Organization

This award recognizes an organization for following its mission, achieving its objectives successfully and making an impact on campus throughout the academic year. The organization has stayed active through effective marketing and publicity of meetings and events, sponsoring a variety of successful programs, sustaining an active membership, and maintaining positive relationships with other organizations and departments. Actions of the organization and its members should exceed expectations.

Outstanding Overall Achievement for a Sports Club

This award recognizes a sports club for following its mission, achieving its objectives successfully and making an impact on campus throughout the academic year. The organization has stayed active through effective marketing and publicity of meetings and events, sustaining an active membership, and maintaining positive relationships with other organizations and departments. Overall achievement will not be based solely on the team’s season record. Actions of the organization and its members should exceed expectations.

Outstanding Overall Achievement for an Athletic Team

This award recognizes a varsity athletic team for exceptional achievement.  The team must have demonstrated commitment to and success in developing teamwork, fostering a spirit of sportsmanship and contributing to a successful season.  As a team they must have been leaders in fostering a sense of school spirit both on and off the field.  On the playing field they must have demonstrated determination, resourcefulness and ingenuity in meeting the challenges of having a successful season.  Commitment to the campus and local community through service efforts as demonstrated by the team as a whole and individual player’s will be considered. Overall achievement will not be based solely on the team’s season record.

Outstanding Innovation in Advertising

This award recognizes an organization which best exemplifies outstanding achievement in advertising and publicity. The organization must have demonstrated excellence in publicity, advertising and marketing its organization overall. Marketing materials should be tasteful, creative, original, non-traditional, eye catching, and have contributed to making the organization as a whole highly successful. Materials must reflect the mission and purpose of the organization as well as University pride/spirit.

Outstanding New Club

This award is only open to student organizations who have been recognized for no more than two academic years (no earlier than September 2012), but have been able to quickly build membership and become a known presence and have a positive impact on campus through its successful marketing, activities and programs. It recognizes success in both quality and quantity of activities, as well as establishing relationships with other organizations and departments. This award is open to all clubs and organizations including sports clubs.
NOTE: The previous year’s award recipient is not eligible for this year.

 

FACULTY/STAFF AWARD

Giving Tree Award

Any current faculty or staff member who is actively involved with the student body of the University of Mary Washington is eligible for this award. The faculty or staff member must be nominated by a student currently enrolled at the University of Mary Washington. The faculty/staff member’s role can be, but is not limited to, an advisor to a student organization, a student mentor, a speaker, or participant in a student organization program.
NOTE: While a faculty/staff member can be nominated every year, they can only receive the award once every four years.

CRITERIA: Nominees of the Giving Tree Award will be evaluated on the following criteria. All faculty and staff members must:

  • Show dedication to enhancing the quality of student life at UMW.
  • Enhance the support the growth of students and or student organizations at UMW.
  • Serve as a role-model for students and a resource for the UMW community.
  • Actively participate in student events.
  • Act ethically and with integrity.
  • Serve as an advocate for the students.
  • Provide a new and significant contribution to the UMW community that has not previously existed.