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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
Telyse Masaoay

Casey Carter Bonar Award
Toulia Nwabunnia, Kelly Perry, Olivia Solow-Neiderman, Andi Wang


Glenn & Elizabeth Bogitsh Award
Emmie Kline

Imani Award: The Rev. James Lawson Award
Kayla Cooper

Lori Groves-White Award for Advocacy and Courage
Shawn Reilly

The John T. & Lizzie Allen McGill First Year Award 
Pranav Kodali, Anivarya Kumar


John T. McGill Award 
Justin Crofford

The John T. and Lizzie Allen Upper-class McGill Awards 
Henry Bristol, Leela Hedge


Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship
Mahek Mehta

Reverend Beverly A. Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue
Shawn Kerry

Ripple In The Pond Award
Addison Armstrong, Logan Brown


Rob Roy Purdy Award
Molly Gupta

Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award
Kayleigh Verbencoeur

Susan Jung Award
Emily Xu

Thomas M. Weser Award
Somto Dimobi

William Aaron Pathfinder Award
Yannan Huang, Emma Stewart


Vanderbilt Student Change-maker Award
Ben Scheer

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

Community Engagement
Project RISHI


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 ( with Individual Award questions or Wil De Los Santos ( with Student Organization Award questions.

Click here to see the 2017 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 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!

Click here to see the 2017 ceremony highlights

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