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University Awards

President's Award

2014 Presidents Award Recipient

2014 President's Award recipient Alexis Dobbs (CAS '14).

CRITERIA: The President's Award is the highest award for undergraduate students and is presented to a graduating senior whose accomplishments over the course of his/her undergraduate years are truly exceptional and reflect the highest ideals of American University. The President's Award winner receives $1000 and an engraved medal which are presented at the recipient's Commencement ceremony.

Nominees will have demonstrated exceptional academic achievement, integrity, selflessness, leadership, and service to the Washington, D.C. community. He/she will have contributed significantly to building community and promoting the understanding and acceptance of cultural and racial diversity on the AU campus.

In addition, the nominees will meet the following criteria:

  1. Undergraduate senior eligible to participate in graduation who will be present at the May 2016 commencement ceremony
  2. Eligible for Latin Honors:
    (a) Achievement of a minimum 3.67 cumulative grade point average and a semester GPA of 3.67 (for the most recent completed semester)
    (b) Completion of at least 60 credit hours required for the degree in residence at American University with no more than 15 credit hours taken pass-fail
  3. Currently in good community standing
  4. Letter of support (self-nominations are acceptable with requisite letter of support)

Nomination Process

Nominations Open: February 19, 2016

DEADLINE: March 18, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Nomination Instructions:

  1. Students, faculty, and staff of the AU community may nominate students for University Student Awards. We also accept and encourage self-nominations.
  2. Please submit nominations to the President's Office via the online form. You can edit nomination forms until the nomination deadline.
  3. For the nomination form, we require basic student information, a list of key achievements, a nomination narrative (letter), and supporting documents (including a current resume and up to three letters of recommendation). Other supporting materials may include examples of student work on and off campus that show how the student meets the criteria of the award. Submit documents in PDF format.
  4. Our system will notify student nominees of their nomination via email once the nomination form is saved. Nominees will be able to upload additional supporting materials.
  5. The nominator or student nominee should collect recommendation letters and upload them to the nomination site. If recommenders prefer to keep their letters private, they may submit them directly to (list "President's Award nomination" and the student's name in the subject) or via campus mail to Leslie Wong, Office of the President, President's Office Building, Campus - 8060.
  6. Nomination materials must reflect the criteria identified in the award. We discourage recommendation letters that intend to capture nominations for more than one award.

Contact: Leslie Wong, President's Office, or 202-885-2143