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Award Descriptions

About the Awards

Student Awards:

Arrowhead Award
The Arrowhead Award is given for exemplary service to a student organization. Each organization or representative may honor up to five individual members of their group per year.

Bulldog Award
The Bulldog Award is awarded to Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate students who have served in co-curricular activities where their exemplary service and leadership qualities has positively affected the University community within the past calendar year. 

Emerging Leader Award
The Emerging Leader Award is given to first-year and sophomore students who has become active in co-curricular activities where their exemplary service and leadership qualities has positively affected the University community within the past calendar year. The students demonstrate outstanding leadership potential that has supported the Core Values of UMD. This person does not necessarily need to hold a formal officer position.

Featherman Award
The Featherman Award is to publicly recognize and honor the student(s) who has best encouraged greater understanding between diverse groups by personal example, actions, and accomplishment. Students considered for this award must have affected greater understanding between diverse groups by way of their personal example, leadership skills, and responsible actions. Successful award recipients must have exhibited and demonstrated compassion and sensitivity and taken positive steps toward helping others understand one another and work together.

Outstanding Student Organization Award
The Outstanding Student Organization Adviser award is given to any faculty/staff member who has gone above and beyond their requirements as an adviser to a UMD Student Organization.  This person has displayed a genuine commitment to fostering the growth and development of the student organization in the past academic year.

Sieur Du Luth Award
The Sieur du Luth Award shall be awarded to one or two students who have provided exemplary service of three years or more to student organizations, the University, and community. It will be awarded to students who expect to graduate within one semester following the award or who have graduated one semester preceding the award. This award is for undergraduate students only.

Faculty/Staff Awards:

Outstanding Academic Advisor
This award will be given to an academic adviser who has gone above and beyond their requirements as an academic adviser at UMD. This person has displayed genuine support and concern for the well-being of the students this person advises.

Outstanding Faculty
The Outstanding Faculty Award will be given to a member(s) of the faculty who has displayed outstanding abilities in the realm of teaching and instruction, calling attention to their contributions to the educational advancement of students, to the UMD community, and the general pursuit of knowledge by all.

Outstanding Staff
The Outstanding Staff Award should be given to any non-student, non-faculty employee of the university (P&A, Civil Service, AFSCME, or Teamsters) who has demonstrated support and concern for the well-being of students and the University.  This individual has gone above and beyond their requirements to aid students.

Outstanding Advisor to a Student Organization
The winner of this award is one who has gone beyond requirements as an adviser to a student organization, and who has displayed a genuine commitment to fostering the growth and development of the student organization in the past academic year.

Sustainability Awards:

The Sustainability Inspiration Awards  
This award acknowledges student, staff, and faculty contributions to sustainability efforts at UMD, including but not limited to: sustainability awareness, education or leadership efforts, energy savings, greenhouse gas reduction, waste minimization, local agriculture and economy, and other resource-saving activities.