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Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence

The 2016-2017 VALE Ceremony took place on Wednesday, April 5th. Congratulations to all of our award recipients and finalists; Vanderbilt is truly a better community because of your leadership.

Click here to see all of this year’s award winners.

The Ceremony

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 2017 Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence Ceremony took place on April 5. Thank you to everyone who was part of this year’s experience!

About the Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence

This year, Student Leadership Development and Student Organizations have transitioned what was formerly known as the Magnolia Awards into the Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence (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. The Student Organization Awards recognize the work of student groups that host meaningful events, initiatives, or programs in the following areas: 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.

How to Apply for an Award

Thank you to everyone who applied for a VALE this year! Check back here in Fall 2017 for information about next year’s applications. Please reach out to Brooke Wilson ( or Wil De Los Santos ( with questions.

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