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About The Magnolia Awards

About the Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence

The mission of The Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence is to celebrate the work of student leaders and organizations that strengthens and fosters a diverse and transformative Vanderbilt community. These awards also recognize efforts that encourage members of this community to engage in a life-long pursuit of excellence in personal and social development.

The individual awards honor students who have demonstrated leadership and community service in areas ranging from academic achievement to community service efforts. The individual award winners will be notified prior to the Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence ceremony. All award recipients will be announced through the award ceremony program.

For the first time in 2016, these awards highlighted the work of student organizations on campus. We will continue to recognize these groups at Vanderbilt for the following: Most Meaningful Service, Best Intercultural Awareness Program, Best Collaborative Program, Best Arts Program, Best Interfaith Program, Best Health & Wellness Program, and Best Diversity & Inclusion Program. These award winners will also be announced during the award ceremony.


The Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence Ceremony

Every spring, an award ceremony is held to celebrate award recipients and their work on behalf of the campus community. Currently this event is open to all Vanderbilt students, faculty, and staff members.  Whether you are an award recipient, a student organization member showing support, or just a spectator, we invite you to be a part of this memorable experience. The 2017 Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence Ceremony will be held on April 5 in the Student Life Center. Please check back for more details.


All Vanderbilt students and organizations who meet the criteria are encouraged to apply for one or more of the awards available.


Live The Vanderbilt Experience

We want our students to have wonderful experiences that will leave a lifetime of great memories. We would also like to recognize them for finishing what they started. Students who complete My Vanderbilt Experience will also get recognized at the Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence Ceremony.

Visit  My Vanderbilt Experience to learn more about getting involved and recognized on campus.


How To Apply For An Award

Students can apply for an award through Anchor Link.  To access and complete the award application, click on the name of the award on the awards page and login with your username and password once you are led to Anchor Link. The 2017 award applications will open in January. Please note that applications may require lengthy responses and attachable documents.  Please contact the appropriate award coordinator if you have any questions.