Presidential Awards


General Information and Frequently Asked Questions About the Presidential Awards

What are the Presidential Awards and who is eligible to be nominated for it?
A select group of graduates from August/December 2014 and May 2015 will receive Presidential Awards. These awards will be given to qualified outstanding seniors and graduate students who have embodied the principles of the Holy Cross tradition and the mission of the University and have demonstrated excellence in leadership, academic performance and service to the university and other communities. Because the Presidential Awards are intended to recognize the student members of our community, employees who are also students and who receive tuition remission are not eligible.

Applicant must meet the following criteria in order to be considered for the Presidential Awards:

  • Earned at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA
  • Completed a minimum of four semesters at St. Edward’s University while pursuing most recent degree
  • Completed at least 30 credit hours at St. Edward’s University (New College graduates only)
  • Be a graduating senior or graduating graduate student of the class of 2014–2015 (August/December 2014 or May 2015)
  • Demonstrated participation in the life of the university

What do Presidential Awards recipients receive?
Presidential Awards recipients receive:

  • A glass-encased award containing a certificate signed by President George E. Martin
  • Individual acknowledgement on Honor’s Night by President Martin, including comments on the recipient’s accomplishments

In addition, photos and descriptions of each recipient’s accomplishments hang in the Robert and Pearle Ragsdale Center and appear on the Student Life web pages for one year. Names are then added to the online listing of past recipients.

When are nominations accepted for the 2014-2015 Presidential Awards?
The deadline for nomination is Friday, Oct. 31, 2014 at 5 p.m.

How do I nominate someone for the Presidential Awards?
Simply fill out the online nomination form. Nominations will be accepted Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 2014 at 5 p.m.

Can I nominate myself?
Yes, fill out the online nomination.

How will I know if I’ve been nominated?
You will receive an e-mail notifying you of your nomination. This e-mail will also include the nomination criteria. If you meet the nomination criteria, the next step is to complete the Presidential Awards Application Process. Completed applications are due in the Student Life Office, Ragsdale 304, by Jan. 21, 2015 at 5 p.m.

Get the application documents here.

Whom should I contact if I have questions about completing the Presidential Award’s Nomination Form?
Contact Tom Sullivan in Student Life at 448-8422.

What happens after I turn in my application?
The Presidential Awards Committee, composed of faculty, students and staff, will meet to study the Presidential Award applications. After all applications have been considered, the Presidential Awards Committee will decide upon Presidential Award recipients. Presidential Award recipients will be notified and asked to attend Graduate and New College Honors Night on April 25 or Undergraduate Honors Night on April 27.