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About The Magnolia Awards

About The Magnolia Awards

The Magnolia Awards recognize the innovative and exceptional efforts of both students and student organizations at Vanderbilt University. Award recipients have demonstrated strong leadership capabilities through engagement in academics, service, health, diversity, arts, faith, and more. Through challenging the current status quo, encouraging collaboration, participating in public service, and creating opportunities for social change, these students deserve recognition and celebration.

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 Magnolia Awards ceremony. The award recipients will be announced through the Magnolia Awards ceremony program.

For the first time, the Magnolia Awards will recognize the work of student organizations on campus. The student organization awards include: 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. The award winners will be announced during the award ceremony.

Magnolia Awards Ceremony

Every spring, an award ceremony is held to celebrate Magnolia Award recipients and their work on behalf of the campus community. 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 2016 Magnolia Awards ceremony will take place on Wednesday, April 6th at 6 pm in the Student Life Center Ballroom.


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 Magnolia Awards 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.  Please note that applications may require lengthy responses and attachable documents.  Please contact the appropriate award coordinator if you have any questions.