Student Service Leadership Awards

In an effort to recognize outstanding service to the campus and the community, the following awards are made available to undergraduate students through a grant from the Miami University Family Fund. Nominations are solicited in January and February each year, with recognition ceremonies in April and May. A link to the nomination form will be found at the bottom of this page when nominations are open.

President's Distinguished Service Award

The President's Distinguished Service Award is presented to a select group of students, whose service through campus life, community service, intellectual and cultural leadership, or as a university employee, demonstrates the spirit of being a citizen leader of uncommon quality. Eligible students for 2020 include December 2019 and January 2020 graduates, as well as those preparing to graduate in May and August 2020. A written letter of nomination is required for this award. Nominations are evaluated by a Reading Committee, composed of faculty and staff from Oxford, Middletown, and Hamilton campuses. Academic performance and student disciplinary records are considered during this process. The timing and significance of a violation of the Code of Student Conduct may impact eligibility to receive the award. Winners of this award are honored at a special ceremony and receive a distinctive medallion to wear with their commencement robes. Read these tips for writing a nomination letter for the President's Distinguished Service Award.

2019 President's Distinguished Service Awards Recipients

Employee Service Leadership Award

The Employee Service Leadership Award honors Miami students from all class years who have contributed to the fabric of Miami University through outstanding effort and accomplishments in their role as a student employee. Nominated student employees from all class years are recognized with a commemorative service pin. Seniors (December 2019, January 2020, May 2020, August 2020) are also recognized at the Senior Service Leadership Awards.

Senior Service Leadership Award

The Senior Service Leadership Award honors Miami students who have demonstrated meritorious service in the areas of Campus Life, Community Service, Employee Service, and Intellectual & Cultural Leadership (see category descriptions below). Eligible students for 2020 include December 2019 and January 2020 graduates, as well as those preparing to graduate in May 2020 or August 2020. Each senior nominated will be honored at a ceremony and receive a ribbon-medallion to wear with their commencement robes.

  • Service to Campus Life: For improving the quality of student life by individual effort or as a member of a student organization; demonstrating leadership and high ethical standards
  • Service to the Community: For enhancing the quality of life beyond the University through activities, services, and/or special projects on or off campus
  • Service as a University Employee: For improvement in job performance; for exceeding job expectations; displaying initiative, dedication, and service as a student employee
  • Intellectual & Cultural Leadership: For leadership in a cultural or arts organization on campus, an academic honorary, our themed living learning communities, or initiating important academic projects as part of classroom work


Nominations for the 2020 Student Service Leadership Awards will be accepted in January and February 2020 and a link to the nomination form will be found here. For questions, contact:

Mark Pontious, Director
Parent & Family Programs
110 Warfield Hall
Oxford, OH 45056