Each year, The Department of Student Life hosts the annual Leadership Awards Gala. The awards ceremony is held in the spring semester, and aims to recognize student leaders who exemplify scholarship, service, and leadership. Students recognized at the Student 2020 Leadership Awards Gala are the very best of our involvement community, they enhance FIT by selflessly giving back their time and energy in order to create a better campus community.
The Awards Committee will accept nominations from students, staff, and faculty. In addition to the application, all awards require the nominee's resume and a letter of recommendation (unless otherwise stated in the awards description). All awards, including Club Awards, will be presented at the 2020 Leadership Awards Gala in the Fall 2020 semester. Exact date to be determined.
ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE on Thursday, April 30, 2020. LATE APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.
Club and Organization Program Awards Descriptions
PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award will be given to the President of a club or organization that has shown the most passion and dedication to his/her club or organization and has pushed their members to new levels of success.
*Eligibility: The club or organization President must have been in office during the 2019-2020 academic year.
E-BOARD MEMBER OF THE YEAR
This award will be given to an executive board member, including but not limited to a vice president, treasurer, or secretary member who has shown passion and dedication to their club or organization and the fit campus community. This office has pushed their club or organization members to new levels of success.
*Eligibility: The club or organization officer must be nominated.
OUTSTANDING NEW STUDENT AWARD
This award will go to a new student that has contributed to their club or organization through dedication and service. This person shows great potential and promise in leading in the future. Criteria include but is not limited to, meeting attendance, program planning and support, and overall contributions to the club or organization.
*Eligibility: To qualify as a new student, the student must be in their first semester or first year at FIT.
OUTSTANDING MEMBER AWARD
This award seeks to recognize the achievements and dedication of a club or organization member. This student has demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to their club or organization. Criteria include but is not limited to, meeting attendance, program planning and support, and overall contributions to the club or organization.
*Eligibility: This student must not serve as an executive board member, such as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, or any other elected position of the club or organization.
ADVISOR OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award is presented to the advisor who has provided leadership and guidance to a student organization and motivated members to their fullest potential.
Club and Organization Based Awards
NEW CLUB OR ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR AWARD
This award will be given to a new club or organization that was created between Fall of 2018 and Spring of 2019, who has shown the most potential, growth, and has benefited the FIT Community since their induction.
*Eligibility: The club or organization must have been created during the 2018-2019 academic year. Clubs and organizations that were once an existing club or organization do not qualify.
THE PHOENIX AWARD
This award seeks to recognize a club or organization who has developed and has shown growth over the course of their existence as a club or organization. The group demonstrates a commitment to strengthening their chapter. Criteria include but is not limited to, progress through programs, contributions to the campus community, membership growth, communication, etc.
This award will go to a club or organization that has been in existence for 10 or more years who has provided exemplary programming and activity/representation on and around campus.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
This award is given to the club or organization that has provided valuable service to the community (i.e. through charity work, joint projects with community organizations, etc.) The recipient of this award should look past the required 2 events needed per academic year.
Eligibility: To qualify, the community service initiative must not have been sponsored by the Department of Student Life.
**Club applications will be confirmed by Deborah Payton-Jones.
MOST FINANCIALLY RESPONSIBLE AWARD
This award will go to the most financially responsible club or organization of the academic year. The amount of money raised, the involvement of club or organization members, attendance at financial training and workshops, how collected funds were used, and the accuracy of important financial documents filed will be considered when choosing a winner.
**Club applications will be confirmed by the FIT SGA Finance Committee.
COLLABORATIVE PROGRAMMING AWARD
This award will be given to the club(s) or organization(s) who have made the most effort to work together in programming and other activities.
This award recognizes the student organization with the best publicity campaign of the year. Criteria will include but are not limited to, flyers, social media, FIT Link usage and profile, etc.
COMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL AWARD
This recognition will be awarded to the publication that has excelled in producing creative, accurate, and meaningful content that encompasses the attitude of FIT. This involves the institution's areas of specialization including business, art, technology, and fashion.
CLUB or ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR
This award will go to a club or organization that has provided a valuable service to the College and the FIT Community through their contribution to campus life. In addition, this club or organization has proven loyalty to the College and faculty through involvement with their programming on campus. This club or organization demonstrates extraordinary community service, collaborative programming, excellent fundraising efforts, and has created new programs for the student body.
**Club applications will be confirmed by Marissa Stephani
DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AWARD
This award seeks to recognize a club or organization who has demonstrated a commitment to inclusion and diversity. This club or organization promotes FIT’s awareness of diversity and inclusion through club and organization activities, meetings, and programs.