Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence
Congratulations to our 2018 VALE Recipients! We are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate the incredible achievements of these outstanding students. Thank you for all your efforts in leading the Vanderbilt community and modeling strong examples of what it means to be a leader on this campus.
Accolade: The Chancellor’s Diversity Award
Casey Carter Bonar Award
Toulia Nwabunnia, Kelly Perry, Olivia Solow-Neiderman, Andi Wang
Glenn & Elizabeth Bogitsh Award
Imani Award: The Rev. James Lawson Award
Lori Groves-White Award for Advocacy and Courage
The John T. & Lizzie Allen McGill First Year Award
Pranav Kodali, Anivarya Kumar
John T. McGill Award
The John T. and Lizzie Allen Upper-class McGill Awards
Henry Bristol, Leela Hedge
Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship
Reverend Beverly A. Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue
Ripple In The Pond Award
Addison Armstrong, Logan Brown
Rob Roy Purdy Award
Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award
Susan Jung Award
Thomas M. Weser Award
William Aaron Pathfinder Award
Yannan Huang, Emma Stewart
Vanderbilt Student Change-maker Award
Best Arts Program
Vanderbilt University Concert Choir
Best Collaborative Program
Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science
Best Diversity and Inclusion Program
Next Steps at Vanderbilt
Best Health and Wellness Program
VPB’s the VenUe, Residential Education, IMperfection Project, Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center, LEAPS, Active Minds, Center for Student Wellbeing, Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center, Listen With Me Campaign
Best Intercultural Awareness
Best Interfaith Program
Vanderbilt Interfaith Council
About the Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence
Student Leadership Development and Student Organizations has transitioned what was formerly known as the Magnolia Awards into the Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence (VALE). We are now in the 2nd year of VALE! The mission of VALE 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 various areas at Vanderbilt. Each Individual Award is accompanied by a stipend, as well as a trophy to commemorate the award. The Student Organization Awards recognize the work of student groups that host meaningful events, initiatives, or programs in the following areas: Best Intercultural Awareness Program, Best Collaborative Program, Best Arts Program, Best Interfaith Program, Best Health & Wellness Program, Best Diversity & Inclusion Program, and Community Engagement. Recipients of the Student Organization Awards will be honored through the perpetual plaques outside of Sarratt 208.
How to Apply for an Award
You can apply for Individual Awards and Student Organization Awards through Anchor Link beginning Monday, January 8, until 11:59 PM on Monday, February 12. You do not need to be nominated for an award in order to apply. We welcome you to apply to multiple awards, as long as you meet the award criteria, which will be clearly labeled under the “Who Can Apply” section on the application. You can also review the 18 Individual Award descriptions here and the 7 Student Organization Award descriptions here. If you have not set-up direct deposit, please login to your YES account to sign-up. Note that any outstanding charges on your student account will be automatically deducted from your total stipend award amount. Please reach out to Keaton Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) with Individual Award questions or Wil De Los Santos (email@example.com) with Student Organization Award questions.
Every spring, an award ceremony is held to celebrate 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 2018 Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence Ceremony will take place on April 4 from 6-7:30 PM in the Student Life Center Ballroom. We hope to see you there!