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Recognition Programs

Outstanding Student Leader Award

Application Deadline: 5PM | March 31, 2014

The Outstanding Student Leader Award provides recognition for those hardworking individuals who strive to make the University of Montana a better place for students to live, learn, and grow. Based solely on leadership and service to the University, this distinguished award is given to a student who exhibits ethical, creative leadership and promotes a positive campus climate while remaining in good academic standing. The recipient of the award will be recognized by the University Center Student Involvement Network and may receive an in-state Tuition Waiver for fall 2014, depending on eligibility. (Note: University regulations restrict fee waivers to one per semester, per student).

Application Steps:

  1. Fill out the online application
  2. Fill out the nomination form (nomination letter) addressing the 4 areas of Leadership
    1. service
    2. leadership
    3. diversity
    4. impact
  3. Attach a copy of the student's resume or curriculum vitae
  4. Attach an additional letter of recommendation

Submit the Spring 2014 Application Online

Please submit the required information no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2014 online or to:

University Center Student Involvement Network
Attention: Julie Bryant
University Center, Room 209B
Missoula, MT 59812

Applications may also be email to

Americans with Disabilities Act Student Leadership Award

Recipient of the Americans with Disabilities Act Student Leadership Award

Jenae Sande

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Award honors students whose important contributions advance education and employment opportunities for people with disabilities at The University of Montana. The ADA Team recognizes that endeavors toward carrying on the spirit of the ADA require commitment and perseverance through challenges. Awardees continually set a high standard of excellence by honoring the importance of civil rights laws, using best quality practices, and creating innovative solutions that support the vision of The University of Montana to create a completely accessible campus.


Candidates for this award must meet elements of the following criteria:

  • Promotes a positive attitude about differences and encourages others to learn, respect, and appreciate diversity.
  • Inspires others to be involved in issues of accessibility.
  • Facilitates collaborative and creative thinking about issues of accessibility.
  • Takes responsibility and is willing to be held accountable for initiatives.
  • Participates in campus activities, committees, or processes that promote accessibility.
  • Impacts the lives of fellow students for the better.

Who is eligible?
All currently-enrolled UM students that meet the criteria are eligible for consideration.

Who may nominate?
Any student, faculty or staff member of The University of Montana may make the nomination.

Nomination requirements?
Submit a letter of no more than two pages addressing why the nominee meets the award criteria.

Send nominations and documentation to:
Barb Seekins
Chair, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Team
219 Lommasson Center
The University of Montana
Missoula, Montana 59812

Deadline for nominations:
March 31, 2014

The award will be presented at the Annual Outstanding Student Leader Recognition Ceremony in the UC Ballroom.

Sentinel Service Award

Applications Due March 31, 2014

Nominations are now being accepted for the Sentinel Service Award.  All ASUM Student Groups are eligible and can fill out an application on-line for a $500 stipend.  

The Sentinel Service Award recognizes an outstanding University of Montana Student Group performing an altruistic community service activity.   The award is presented to one group is spring during the Outstanding Student Leadership Awards.  In addition to the $500 stipend, The honored group is further commemorated on a plaque located in the University Center.

Applications will be assessed and judged according to the requirements of selection criteria:

The number of group members involved in service project in comparison with the number of hours spent on the project,

The difference made in the University and/or Missoula community,

Benefits given to someone or something in need of assistance. 

Application requirement include submitting the online nomination form with attached letter(s) addressing the service projection as well as a letter of support from the student group’s advisor or a letter of recommendation from someone who was impacted from the service project.

Applications are due March 31, 2014 no later than 5:00 p.m. filled online or  to the University Center Student Involvement Network.
Attention: Julie Bryant, University Center, Room 209B, Missoula, MT 59812.  

Letters can be emailed to

Submit the Application Online