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Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence


About the Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence

The mission of the Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence (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.

How to Apply for an Award

Vanderbilt students apply for Individual Awards and Student Organization Awards through our Anchor Link Application. A nomination for an award is not necessary in order to apply. Qualifying applicants are welcome to apply for multiple awards, as long as they meet the award criteria, which will be clearly labeled under the “Who Can Apply” section on the application. You can also review the  Individual and Student Organization Award descriptions below. 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.  As per financial aid guidelines, please note that individual awards are considered income and may have tax implications on the recipient.  Questions regarding how these awards get used through financial aid may be sent to the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships at osfa@vanderbilt.edu.

Please reach out to our office at sols@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions about individual or student organization awards.

Nominations

Do you know of any Student Leaders and/or Student Organizations that are qualified to receive any of the awards listed?  We strongly encourage you to nominate them to apply for one or more awards.  Multiple nominations are welcome and encouraged.  To nominate a student or RSO, complete a nomination form on Anchor Link.  Students will be notified of the nomination but not the nominator unless indicated in the form.

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.  Please check back to this page for more details.

Awards

The Individual Awards honor students who demonstrate 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. In addition to a stipend, RSOs that receive these awards are honored by having their name added to the perpetual plaques outside of Sarratt 208.

Click on the awards listed below for more details.

Individual Awards

The Accolade Award recognizes a rising senior whose academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities have contributed to the diversification of the Vanderbilt student body. Applicants must be enrolled as a full-time student and be scheduled to graduate May of 2022. It carries with it a scholarship to be applied to a student’s final year at Vanderbilt.

Casey Carter Bonar was a 1985 graduate of the College of Arts and Science at Vanderbilt. Casey is best remembered as a dedicated and selfless leader who inspired excellence and propelled others to join in her commitment to serve.  Casey’s vitality, warmth, compassion, and boundless enthusiasm served to energize and enhance each of the many campus activities in which she was involved, including student government, student media, Greek life, and Impact.  Her passion for facilitating friendship and camaraderie for a higher purpose, for promoting service to all and helping expand the horizons of the “underdog,” earned her the lifelong gratitude and admiration of her Vanderbilt community. An adventurous woman of good character, tenacity, and insight, Casey Carter Bonar rose to top positions in the arena of national and international finance.  She was a world traveler and a caring philanthropist in addition to being an active member of the Alumni Association Board, often interviewing prospective students and organizing alumni activities in various national venues, Casey was proud of her Vanderbilt education.  She exemplified Cornelius Vanderbilt’s vision of strengthening the ties that bind as she consistently reached out to make someone’s life better.

 
This award was established in 2010 to honor the memory of Casey Carter Bonar.  Based on the legacy of extraordinary leadership she left behind, this award is presented annually to a Vanderbilt graduating senior who embodies the unique qualities that Casey brought to the university – leadership, broad collaboration, enthusiasm, passion for campus involvement, selfless service to Vanderbilt, and, always, dedication to positive change.  The student who most exemplifies the sparkling point of light that was Casey Carter Bonar will be selected as the award recipient. 

In 1989, this award was established in memory of Vanderbilt alumni Glenn Carlisle (B.S. '77) and Elizabeth Norris Bogitsh (B.S. '82) in order to recognize high standards in physical fitness, participation in recreational sports, and sportsmanship. This award is given annually to a Vanderbilt undergraduate or graduate student, who has best demonstrated a strong commitment to campus recreational programs and, by example and leadership, has inspired participation and sportsmanlike conduct in these activities. The recipient of this award will have their name engraved on a plaque displayed in the Student Recreation Center.

The Imani Award honors the Rev. James Lawson, who served as a faithful and determined leader in the African-American community during the Civil Rights Movement and is still very active today, including teaching here at Vanderbilt. Imani is the Swahili word for “Faith.” Funded by the Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center, this award recognizes a graduating senior who has continuously been an integral part of campus life and has demonstrated an outstanding capacity for leadership and devotion to Vanderbilt. The senior recipient receives a monetary award and a trophy to commemorate the award. 

The Lori Groves-White Award for Advocacy and Courage was established by the Multicultural Leadership Council in 2016 in honor of their former advisor, and former Senior Director for the Office of Intercultural Affairs. Lori Groves-White dedicated nearly 20 years of her life to the development of Vanderbilt students. Her example encouraged many to courageously fight for equity both within and outside of the Vanderbilt community. Her hard work and dedication produced a shining legacy of advocacy for those who often felt ignored. Lori created the Magnolia Awards (now known as the Vanderbilt Awards for Leadership Excellence) ceremony, the Multicultural Leadership Council, and a host of other initiatives and organizations to be a voice for the student body; this award serves as an opportunity to honor a student that has been the same voice for someone or something else.

This scholarship, given by the Office of the Dean of Students, recognizes a current undergraduate student who has dedicated their time at Vanderbilt to advocating for underrepresented and marginalized communities. This student should be one who has demonstrated courage and resilience in the face of troubling circumstances and a willingness to humbly promote the betterment of the Vanderbilt community.

The recipient of this award must be a current undergraduate student who has demonstrated a commitment to advocacy and positive change within the Vanderbilt community. 

These awards are presented through the generosity of the McGill family in honor of Dr. John T. and Lizzie Allen McGill who provided students with an atmosphere of hospitality and guidance through their years at Vanderbilt. A graduate of Vanderbilt in 1879, John McGill spent his life in service to Vanderbilt. He served as professor emeritus of chemistry, Dean of the School of Pharmacy and finally a historian of the University. Students may apply to multiple McGill Awards. 

The John T. & Lizzie Allen McGill First Year Awards (Two First Year Students)

Established in 1994, these $1,500 awards are given to two academically accomplished first year students of gentle bearing and strong character who have shown kindness and respect for all others and who have established qualities of leadership. Award winners have demonstrated academic accomplishment and leadership in creating a more welcoming campus for all.

John T. McGill Award (1 McGill Residential Project Member)

Established in 1960 by Lizzie Allen McGill, this $2,000 award is presented in memory of her husband, John T. McGill. This award is presented to a McGill Hall resident who has established qualities of leadership, as well as being a good student of gentle bearing. Award winners have actively participated in the McGill Project, achieved academically, and demonstrated leadership in creating a more welcoming campus for all.

The John T. and Lizzie Allen Upper-class McGill Award (A student from either McTyeire or Mayfield)

Established in 1994, this $1,500 award is given to an upper-class student of strong character for academic accomplishment and leadership in creating open and honest dialogue about complex and controversial issues. The award winner’s efforts have led to an increased understanding of other students’ needs and a more civil campus.

The John T. and Lizzie Allen Upper-class McGill Award (Any upper-class student)

Established in 1994, this $1,500 award is given to an upper-class student for academic accomplishment and leadership in creating open and honest dialogue about complex and controversial issues. The award winner’s efforts have led to an increased understanding of other students’ needs and a more civil campus.

The Office of the Dean of Students invites eligible students to apply for the Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship, which was established in 1956 by the Women’s Student Government Association in appreciation of the former Dean of Women’s twenty years of service to Vanderbilt women students. All Vanderbilt juniors and seniors who have displayed service to the University in areas of student government, religious, literary and scholastic activities in the arts are eligible to apply for the Nora C. Chaffin scholarship. Financial need is a consideration, but not a requirement.

Reverend Beverly A. Asbury is an outstanding person who served Vanderbilt University with honor and distinction for nearly 30 years as chaplain, Director of Religious Affairs and as an adjunct professor at the university’s Divinity School. In addition to his involvement in civil rights since his youth, Rev. Asbury brought to Vanderbilt a sense of life, commitment and tolerance that changed the culture on campus forever. Reverend Asbury has also contributed his knowledge and expertise as a founder of the Vanderbilt Holocaust Lectures, Vanderbilt Martin Luther King, Jr. Series, the Vanderbilt Holocaust Art Collection, and Project Dialogue. Working with students of different faiths, traditions and races, Rev. Asbury would build All Faith Chapel to give a space for diverse and welcoming worship on campus. A true humanitarian and bridge builder, Rev. Asbury brought together students, staff, faculty, and the community in conversation when it was needed most.

Undergraduate students whom exhibit the mindset of Rev. Asbury in work towards interfaith dialogue are encouraged to apply for the Rev. Beverly Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue. Members of the Vanderbilt Community are also encouraged to nominate candidates whom they believe would be praiseworthy in this category as well. 

In April 2001, Meredith Strong ('03) contracted a severe case of Bacterial Meningitis and almost died. Because two of her friends' caring went beyond sympathy to watchfulness and action, Meredith survived. This award honors those women who enhanced the character of their community by reaching out to help another in need. This award is available to any Vanderbilt undergraduate student or group of students whose act or acts have an impact on a community in a lasting way.

All too frequently we perceive ourselves as existing in isolation, in denial of the community around us. In doing so, we devalue that component of community that has the potential to make us great--the humanity we share with one another. A great community enriches us all by making us see beyond ourselves, sometimes saving lives, sometimes negotiating a successful path from divergent ideas or catapulting us over common obstacles to an overlooked solution. This award celebrates singular actions or "Ripples in the Pond" that create connections, acknowledge our humanity, and thereby advance our community, one-to-one, group-to-group, inside to outside.

The “Ripple in the Pond” described must have taken place within the current academic year (including the past summer). The recipient is only eligible for the award one time. 

The Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award was established at  Vanderbilt University in 1991 to honor Robert Peter Pratt (1954-1991), Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions and long time leader in promoting diversity within the student population. This award is presented annually to a Chancellor’s Scholar of junior or senior standing whose accomplishments best exemplify Robert Peter Pratt’s commitment to  diversity and unity, leadership and cooperation, warmth and openness, and unselfish service to others. This award carries a modest stipend. 

Rob Roy Purdy was a Chaucerian Scholar and a leader in student affairs during his long career at Vanderbilt. He demonstrated compassionate commitment to the holistic education of our students, a sense of humor, and the embodiment of our institutional values for faculty, students and staff. This award was established in 1979 to honor the Senior Vice-Chancellor Emeritus. The recipient of this award must be a sophomore, junior, or senior who demonstrates, through leadership, the qualities of humaneness, dedication, loyalty, & unselfish service to Vanderbilt University—characteristics exemplified by Rob Roy Purdy.

This  award is given by the Asian American Student Association (AASA) and  South Asian Cultural Exchange (SACE) to honor an undergraduate junior or senior in the Asian American Community  who has shown outstanding commitment and passion to Vanderbilt through  cultural and/or political education. The award honors those who exemplify the vision of Susan Jung ’88, who founded AASA upon the  principle of unity through diversity in the fall of 1986.  The recipient of this award receives a $500 total check from the two sponsoring organizations. 

This award was established in 1989 in memory of Thomas M. Weser, a German exchange student who was killed while attending Vanderbilt. Each year, the Weser Award recognizes an international student who has demonstrated an unusually strong commitment to intellectual life, cross-cultural appreciation, and personal integrity. Weser Award recipients are typically active in student organizations, community service projects outside of the classroom, and maintain a solid record of academic performance.

This award will acknowledge a deserving student whose uncommon community service efforts and leadership skills demonstrate vision, creativity, and innovation. Named in recognition of William Aaron (’89), whose own path finding Vanderbilt University’s extraordinary history of service to the community.  

Student Organization Awards

The Arts at Vanderbilt flourish in a culture that embraces innovation, collaboration and cross-cultural exchange. This award recognizes any visual, literary, media, and performing arts program or initiative that fosters a culture of innovation and creativity. Overall, the program must serve to educate its audience, be open to everyone, and provide participants with a valuable, impactful takeaway.

A collaborative leader understands, values, and acts on the importance of working with others toward a common objective through the sharing of ideas and distribution of responsibilities across members.

The Award for Best Collaborative Program recognizes the unique program and/or initiative that optimally exhibits the collaborative qualities describe above..

Programs must demonstrate a common vision and shared responsibility between the collaborating groups; financial co-sponsorship is not collaboration.

Applicants must demonstrate that collaboration took place between RSOs.  While collaborations with departments are also encouraged, two or more RSOs must be involved in the program and/or initiative.

This award celebrates an initiative, program, or series that successfully fosters education, discussion and activity around diversity and inclusion at Vanderbilt.  Applications must clearly indicate how their initiative, program, or series meets the criteria listed below:

  • Education: Participants will leave this program with an increased awareness or more knowledge about the subject that was presented.  In addition, this event will encourage students to learn from each other as well as faculty and staff.
     
  • Openness: All members of the community may participate in this event as contributors, organizers, and participants.  This program will affirm the full participation of the diverse individuals and groups in attendance.
     
  • Takeaways: Participants feel a sense of confidence and responsibility to put into action what was learned in this program.
     
  • Substance: Program content is supported by relevant research, current events, and theory.  This event will foster dialogue that promotes mindfulness and raises awareness of challenges facing the Vanderbilt community.

This award recognizes a student-led program or series that serves to educate, foster and encourage practices that promote positive health and wellness on Vanderbilt’s campus.  The ideal program will have the following elements:

  • Effectively raise awareness of challenges in the areas of physical and mental health, recovery and support, and other circumstances that impede student wellbeing at Vanderbilt
     
  • Foster a community of care and education that supports and is inclusive of all Vanderbilt students.

This award recognizes a program that creatively engages the Vanderbilt and/or Nashville community by fostering international education and intercultural awareness. The program must engage the community in at least one of the following ways:

  • Providing an in-depth look at a distinct culture or population
  • Promoting a greater intercultural understanding between two or more groups
  • Fostering a supportive and collaborative spirit between groups within the community

This award recognizes the efforts of programs that successfully bridge communities by fostering interfaith dialogue, interfaith literacy and/or cooperation that results in service to the campus or larger community.

It is also important that the nominated program utilize at least two religiously informed viewpoints to address how attitudes, relationships and knowledge of the “religious other” benefit each group. Programs should help participants more accurately appreciate real differences while affirming common purposes embraced by all.

Using the following guiding principles: humble service, critical reflection, action for global justice, informed participation, acknowledging personal privilege, empathy and human dignity, and personal accountability, this award recognizes service efforts through philanthropy, activism or advocacy work. The service program must engage the local, national, or global community and have the intention of creating meaningful and sustainable change.

Applicants must identify one or more of the guiding principles addressed as well as the community needs. In addition, they must describe how service participants reflected on the impact of service and how it relates to the greater good.

Award Recipients

“When leaders can inspire a group of people to perform beyond their normal limitation, great things always happen.” ~ Gifford Thomas

Congratulations to all award recipients! Thank you for inspiring our community to work harder, give more, and love much deeper.  Your contributions are vital to Vanderbilt and the Nashville Community.  As you are recognized, remember that the things you do inspire others even when the days do not feel inspirational.  Thank you for helping us reach higher!

2021 Award Recipients

Thank you to all of the applicants, nominators, and everyone that played a role in making this recognition experience possible.

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS

Accolade: The Chancellor’s Diversity Award – Shubham Gulati
Casey Carter Bonar Award – Melissa Kumi & Stephanie Wang
Glenn & Elizabeth Bogitsh Award – Lauren Wong
Imani Award: The Rev. James Lawson Award for Campus and Community Leadership – Sam Merrick
Lori Groves-White Award for Advocacy and Courage – Virginia Richards
McGill Awards – 2 First Year Students – Shamel Basaria & Rachael Perrotta
McGill Awards – 1 McGill Residential Project Member – Oluwatobi Odugunwa
McGill Awards Upper Class – Any Upper Class Student – Abhi Nathan
Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship – Tanya Tejani
Reverend Beverly A. Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue – Madelynn Roche
Ripple In The Pond Award – Adam Geffner
Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award – Stephanie Wang
Rob Roy Purdy Award – Pranav Kodali
Susan Jung Award – Stephanie Wang
Thomas M. Weser Award – Kevin Ifiora
William Aaron Pathfinder Award – Margaret Redic

STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARDS
Best Arts Program – Kefi Collective
Best Collaborative Program – iLEAD & Bridge Club
Best Diversity and Inclusion Program – South Asian Cultural Exchange (SACE)
Best Health and Wellness Program – Vanderbilt Club Table Tennis
Best Intercultural Awareness Program – Mu Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Best Interfaith Program – Vanderbilt Interfaith Council
Most Meaningful Service – Engineers Without Borders

2020 Award Recipients

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Accolade: The Chancellor’s Diversity Awards – Abhi Nathan
Casey Carter Bonar Award – Mahek Mehta and Eva Durchholz
Glenn & Elizabeth Bogitsh Award – Joe Ferber
The Imani Award – Dara Johnson
Lori Groves-White Award for Advocacy and Courage – Naveen Krishnan
John T. & Lizzie Allen McGill First Year Award – Ria Jindal and Joseph Sexton

John T. McGill Award – Elyssa Edgeton
John T. and Lizzie Allen Upper-class McGill Award – Elysia Tillman and Pedro Schweizer
Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship – Melissa Kumi
Reverend Beverly A. Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue – Nathan Henderson
Ripple in the Pond Award – Melissa Goldin
Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award – Erin Hardnett
Rob Roy Purdy Award – Justin Carway
Susan Jung Award – Naveen Krishnan
Thomas M. Weser Award – Amy Chen
William Aaron Pathfinder Award – Maria Loaiza Bonilla

STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARDS
Best Arts Program – Kefi Collective
Best Collaborative Program – Vanderbilt College Democrats and Vanderbilt College Republicans
Best Diversity and Inclusion Program – Tikkun Olam Makers
Best Health and Wellness Program – Graduate Student Council
Best Intercultural Awareness Program – Vanderbilt Prison Project
Best Interfaith Program – Vanderbilt Interfaith Council
Most Meaningful Service – Vanderbilt Student Volunteers for Science

2019 Award Recipients

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Accolade: The Chancellor’s Diversity Awards – Cedoni Francis
Casey Carter Bonar Award – Farah Arif
Glenn & Elizabeth Bogitsh Award – Brittney McKnight
The Imani Award – Morgan Newman
Lori Groves-White Award for Advocacy and Courage – Douglas Finnegan
John T. & Lizzie Allen McGill First Year Award – Shubham Gulati and Alyssa O’Connell
John T. McGill Award – Sami Heller
John T. and Lizzie Allen Upper-class McGill Award – Telyse Masaoay and Iliana Yanes
Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship – Julianna Hernandez
Reverend Beverly A. Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue – Zahra Biabani
Ripple in the Pond Award – Sangami Pugazenthi
Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award – Olivia Cherry
Rob Roy Purdy Award – Siri Nadler
Susan Jung Award – Mahek Mehta
Thomas M. Weser Award – Troy Jiang
William Aaron Pathfinder Award – Zoe Psiakis

STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARDS
Best Arts Program – The Kefi Collective
Best Collaborative Program – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Vanderbilt Student Government and The Bishop Joseph Johnson Black Cultural Center
Best Diversity and Inclusion Program – Greek Inclusivity Alliance
Best Health and Wellness Program – Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.
Best Intercultural Awareness Program – iLEAD
Best Interfaith Program – Vanderbilt Interfaith Council
Most Meaningful Service – Vanderbilt Prison Project

2018 Award Recipients

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Accolade: The Chancellor’s Diversity Awards – Telyse Masaoay
Casey Carter Bonar Award – Andi Wang, Kelly Perry, Olivia Solow-Niederman and Toulia Nwabunnia
Glenn & Elizabeth Bogitsh Award – Emmie Kline
The Imani Award – Kayla Cooper
Lori Groves-White Award for Advocacy and Courage – Shawn Reilly
John T. & Lizzie Allen McGill First Year Award – Anivarya Kumar and Pranav Kodali
John T. McGill Award – Justin Crofford
John T. and Lizzie Allen Upper-class McGill Award – Leela Hegde and Henry Bristol
Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship – Mahek Mehta
Reverend Beverly A. Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue – Shawn Kerry
Ripple in the Pond Award – Addison Armstrong and Logan Brown
Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award – Kayleigh Verboncoeur
Rob Roy Purdy Award – Molly Gupta
Susan Jung Award – Emily Xu
Student Change-Maker Award – Ben Scheer
Thomas M. Weser Award – Somto Dimobi
William Aaron Pathfinder Award – Emma Stewart and Yannan Huang

STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARDS
Best Arts Program – Vanderbilt Concert Choir
Best Collaborative Program – Vanderbilt Colunteers for Science and Head Magnet Middle School
Best Diversity and Inclusion Program – Next Steps at Vanderbilt
Best Health and Wellness Program – Mega-Stress Fest
Best Intercultural Awareness Program – MOSAIC
Best Interfaith Program – Vanderbilt Interfaith Council
Most Meaningful Service – Project Rishi

2017 Award Recipients

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Accolade: The Chancellor’s Diversity Awards – Deanna Bradley
Casey Carter Bonar Award – Damonta Morgan
Glenn & Elizabeth Bogitsh Award – Hannah Cutshall
The Imani Award – Bridget Ukawu
Lori Groves-White Award for Advocacy and Courage – Mac Ploetz
John T. & Lizzie Allen McGill First Year Award – Brian Hou and Sumanth Chennareddy
John T. McGill Award – Tristan Abbott
John T. and Lizzie Allen Upper-class McGill Award – Henry Bristol and Lauren Pak
Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship – Molly Gupta
Reverend Beverly A. Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue – Musbah Shaheen
Ripple in the Pond Award – Karin Oh
Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award – Saif Hamdan
Rob Roy Purdy Award – Courtland Sutton
Susan Jung Award – Amy Woo
Student Change-Maker Award – Will Berger
Thomas M. Weser Award – Cici Xuning Zhang
William Aaron Pathfinder Award – Kelly Perry

STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARDS
Best Arts Program – The Original Cast: “Tell Me You See Me”
Best Collaborative Program – Multi-Partisan Student Coalition, VSG, College Democrats, and College Republicans: “Voter Registration Initiative”
Best Diversity and Inclusion Program – Muslim Students Association: “Islamic Awareness Week”
Best Health and Wellness Program – Active Minds: “Suicide Awareness Week Panel”
Best Intercultural Awareness Program – South Asian Cultural Exchange: “Deepa Iyer: Why Black Lives Must Matter to South Asian Communities”
Best Interfaith Program – Muslim Students Association: The Chaplain’s Speaker Series lecture, “Reviving Your Heart: Putting Student Life in Perspective
Most Meaningful Service – Vanderbilt Food Justice

2016 Award Recipients

INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Accolade: The Chancellor’s Diversity Awards – Saif Hamdan and Jason Thome
Casey Carter Bonar Award – Anna Zhao
Glenn & Elizabeth Bogitsh Award – Jay M. Schuffenhauer
The Imani Award – Sierra Davis
John T. & Lizzie Allen McGill First Year Award – Aneesha Dasari and Priya Trivedi
John T. McGill Award – Michael Zoorob
John T. and Lizzie Allen Upper-class McGill Award – Xuning (CiCi) Zhang and Trey Dodson
Lori Groves-White Award for Advocacy and Courage – Guy Russo
Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship – Ariana Fowler
Reverend Beverly A. Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue – Sarah Naids
Ripple in the Pond Award – Deepa Rajan
Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award – Sam Hoskins
Rob Roy Purdy Award – Laurel Hattix
Susan Jung Award – Lauren Pak
Thomas M. Weser Award – Alejandro Arango
WAVE Diversity Award – Trey Dodson
WAVE Student Success Award – Kevin Fialkowski
WAVE Creativity Awareness Awards – Jacqueline Scott and Jude Cohen
WAVE Faculty Engagement Award – Tsian Beddoe
WAVE Lifer VUceptor Awards – Pranjal Gupta and Allanah Jackson
WAVE New VUceptr Award – Lauren McMillen
William Aaron Pathfinder Award – Allison Quintanilla and Anna Zhao

STUDENT ORGANIZATION AWARDS
Best Arts Program – VandyHacks
Best Collaborative Program – African Student Union and Black Student Association: “Made in Africa”
Best Diversity and Inclusion Program – Asian American Student Association: “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month”
Best Health and Wellness Program – Active Minds at Vanderbilt: “Your Mind Matters: Why You Should Care About Your Mental Health”
Best Intercultural Awareness Program – African Student Union: “Harambee – Straight Outta Africa”
Best Interfaith Program – Muslim Students Association and Wesley Foundation: “Islamaphobia in the West”
Most Meaningful Service – Next Steps at Vanderbilt Ambassadores

2015 Award Recipients

Accolade: The Chancellor’s Diversity Award – Sam Hoskins
Casey Carter Bonar Award – Aditya Karhade
Glenn & Elizabeth Bogitsh Award – Sophie Chen
The Imani Award – Jasmine Arlington and Sharon “Z” Champion
John T. & Lizzie Allen McGill First Year Award – Grace E. Kim and Oluwatunmise Olowojoba
John T. McGill Award – Kait Spear
John T. and Lizzie Allen Upper-class McGill Awards – Theodora Saclarides and Joshua Everett
Margaret Cuninggim Women’s Center Leadership Award – Tara C. Keil and Kait Spear
Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship – Amy Luu
Outstanding International Student Organization – Amigos
Reverend Beverly A. Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue – Vaama Patel
Ripple in the Pond Award – Brian Rizzo
Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award – Kamyl Harvey
Rob Roy Purdy Award – Omega Tennant
Susan Jung Award – Emily Chong
Thomas M. Weser Award – Catalina Lizarralde Marino
William Aaron Pathfinder Award – Aditya Karhade and Ryan Selvaggio 
The Walther Award for VUcept Excellence – Tanner Brolsma, David Holmes, Alexandra “Zaz” Saclarides, Ben Taylor, and Jason Thome

2014 Award Recipients

Accolade: The Chancellor’s Diversity Award – Omega Tennant
Ada Bell Stapleton-Blanche Henry Weaver Scholarship – Sharon Z. Champion, Chinassa Nikkela Iwuoha, Regina Jiweon Lee, Lindsay Marie Moschler, Keehun Nam, Khadijah Aliyah Owens, Monika Rose Weisman, Leah Philena Chisholm, and Raven Chantel Bryant
Casey Carter Bonar Award – Kiersten Chresfield
Glenn & Elizabeth Bogitsh Award – Daniel Johnson
The Imani Award – Kiersten Chresfield and Jalisia Singleton
John T. & Lizzie Allen McGill First Year Award – Jason Thome and Mary Reiser
John T. McGill Award – Elizabeth Wheelock
John T. and Lizzie Allen Upper-class McGill Awards – Danielle Morrison and Sid Sapru 
Muliebrity Prize – Megan van der Toorn and Jiyeon Lim
Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship – Aditya Karhade
Outstanding International Student Organization – BanghraDores
Reverend Beverly A. Asbury Award for Interfaith Dialogue – Aleezah Merali
Ripple in the Pond Award – Oluwasijibomi Oluwadara 
Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award – Alexandra Khodadadi, Omega Tennant, and Wendi Wang
Rob Roy Purdy Award – George-Warren DeLesslin and Aditya Karhade
Susan Jung Award – Nihar Patel
Thomas M. Weser Award – Ruidan Ma 
William Aaron Pathfinder Award – John Ratliff and Laura Silliman

2013 Award Recipients

Accolade: The Chancellor’s Diversity Award – Eunji Jo, Lisa Koenig, and Ruidan Ma
Ada Bell Stapleton-Blanche Henry Weaver Scholarship – Raven Bryant, Shundra Crumpton, Akailah Jenkins, Alexandra Langlee, Jessica Nieto, Khadijah Owens, Juliana Valcarenghi, and Julia Webb
Casey Carter Bonar Award – Aladine Elsamadicy
Glenn & Elizabeth Bogitsh Award – Emily Wang
The Imani Award – Brianna L. Hawkins
John T. and Lizzie Allen McGill Awards – Benjamin Ries, Vibhuti Krishna, Adina Rosenberg, Depeng Jin and Wolf Clinton
Muliebrity Prize – Brianna Perry and Jessica Gibbons-Benton
Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship – Garrah Carter-Mason
Outstanding International Student Organization – African Student Union
Ripple in the Pond Award – Lisa Nicole Koenig 
Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award – Ankur Doshi, Mark Michael
Rob Roy Purdy Award – Trevor Geller 
Susan Jung Award – Marwah Shahid
Thomas M. Weser Award – Li Qu, Huilin Sun
William Aaron Pathfinder Award – Ankur Doshi, Catherine Cocke

2012 Award Recipients

Accolade: The Chancellor’s Diversity Award – Nicholas Hall, Alexandra Hall
Ada Bell Stapleton-Blanche Henry Weaver Scholarship – Rachel Abeshouse, Jordan Amann, Alexandra Hall, Ashley Hoffman, Jennifer Kim, Michael McGee, Jessica Nieto, Abby Pribish, Emily Strong, Alisha Washington
Casey Carter Bonar Award – Nathaniel A. Marshall
Glenn & Elizabeth Bogitsh Award – Diane Mehserle
The Imani Award – Pauline Roteta
John T. & Lizzie Allen McGill First Year Award – Hillary Rosenjack, Charles Schwartz
John T. McGill Award – Bruce Spencer III
John T. and Lizzie Allen Upper-class McGill Awards – Tim Xu, Samuel Rhoades
Muliebrity Prize – Kyndall Clark
Nora C. Chaffin Scholarship – Aladine A. Elsamadicy
Outstanding International Student Organization – Vanderbilt University Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Outstanding Campus Leader Award – Kelly A. Obranowicz, Adam Meyer
Ripple in the Pond Award – Kristen Cattoi
Robert Peter Pratt Memorial Award – Pauline Roteta
Rob Roy Purdy Award – Francesca Amiker, Aladine A. Elsamadicy
Susan Jung Award – Gayathri Prabhakar
Thomas M. Weser Award – Junyu Lei
William Aaron Pathfinder Award – Cherie Fathy, Brittany Cowfer