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Nominations Sought for University Awards Program

The Adele H. Stamp Student Union - Center for Campus Life and Omicron Delta Kappa are seeking nominations of outstanding undergraduates through Friday for the University Awards Program.

The 38th annual University Student Leadership Awards Program will be held on May 5. Individuals can be nominated for the following awards:

  • The H. C. Byrd Citizenship Award and Sally S. Byrd Citizenship Award are presented as a memorial to the late President Emeritus and his mother to two members of the graduating senior class—one who identifies as male and another who identified as female—who have most nearly typified the model citizen and contributed significantly to the general advancement of the university.
  • The Wilson H. Elkins Award is presented to a member of the graduating senior class who has displayed outstanding involvement and leadership in campus activities and who has contributed significantly to the general advancement of student affairs.
  • The Bethune Award, named in honor of the African-American educator Mary McLeod Bethune, is presented to a member of the graduating senior class who has contributed most significantly to the advancement of the African-American student community at Maryland.
  • The La Raza Unida Award, which translates as “the people united,” is presented to a member of the graduating senior class who has contributed most significantly to the advancement of the Latino(a) student community at Maryland.
  • The Lorde-O’Leary Award, named after writer-activist Audre Lorde and the late UMD Professor Ron O’Leary, is presented to a member of the graduating senior class who has contributed most significantly to the advancement of the LGBT student community at Maryland.
  • The Vera Cruz-Kochiyama Award, named after labor activist Phillip Vera Cruz and the civil rights activist Yuri Kochiyama, is presented to a member of the graduating senior class who has contributed most significantly to the Asian-Pacific American student community at Maryland.
  • The William E. Kirwan Award is presented to a junior who has exhibited outstanding leadership and commitment to the college community.
  • The Loving Award, named in honor of Mildred and Richard Loving, for their bravery and perseverance in invalidating miscegenation laws via the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, is presented to a member of the undergraduate community who has demonstrated a significant and ongoing commitment to multiracial and cross-cultural causes and communities.
  • The Sarah Winnemucca Award, named in honor of the Paiute activist, educator and author, for her dedication in advocating for the rights of Native American communities, is presented to a member of the undergraduate community who has demonstrated a significant and ongoing commitment to Native American Indian and indigenous communities.

The nomination form should be submitted by 4 p.m. Feb. 8. The student nominee will receive an email inviting them to apply after the nomination deadline. Their application and essay must be submitted by 4 p.m. March 4 for full consideration.

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