Montana State University

Diversity Awards

The Montana State University Diversity Awards recognize the accomplishments of current MSU students who contribute to diversity and inclusion through exemplary leadership, achievement, citizenship and involvement in his/her community. Recipients embody a commitment to diversity and inclusion through their work and involvement on campus, including recruitment and retention efforts, teaching, research, multi-cultural programming, cultural attunement, community outreach activities, and other initiatives. Award recipients will receive a monetary award and will have their names added to a plaque chronicling winners of each award. Award recipients will be honored during MSU's Day of Student Recognition and will be recognized in MSU Today and various MSU Websites.

Cole-Tierney Award

Deadline for Cole Tierney nominations has been extended to Friday, March 14th at 4:00pm!

The Cole-Tierney Award winner is to be chosen by a Committee of MSU students, faculty, and staff. The Committee shall award the scholarship to an undergraduate MSU student of African-American heritage who merits scholarship assistance. At minimum, the selection process shall evaluate candidates on the basis of achievement, leadership, citizenship and involvement in extra-curricular activities. Other evaluative criteria may be applied in order to achieve the donors' intent to support the successful completion of students' educational goals. Nominations can be submitted by students, faculty, staff, university departments, and units. Nominators are required to complete a brief application for further consideration and must be able to demonstrate ways the nominee has instilled the value of leadership and service in others.

Award Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Leadership: Recognizing individuals who are leaders though influence and example, inspiring those around them and contributing to their communities and the university. Candidate utilizes his/her ability to guide and motivate a group of people to a common purpose.
  • Service: Volunteering time and resources to benefit a community or its institutions.
  • Citizenship: Candidate has made important contributions that benefit the entire university community. Their work has transcended organizational boundaries. They have fostered cooperation and collaboration between the University and its constituents to better serve the campus community. These individuals have committed their time and energy to working with others to improve and enhance Montana State University as a whole.

Instructions for Submitting Nominations:

  • The nomination deadline is March 7, 2014.
  • Complete and submit a Cole-Tierney Award NOMINATION FORM. Use a separate Nomination Form for each nominee.
  • In three paragraphs or less, address the contributions of the nominee in the areas of service, leadership, and citizenship.
  • Make sure that the contact information is accurate and complete.

If you have questions about the Diversity Awards, please contact Ariel Donohue at 994-5801 or ariel.donohue@montana.edu.

 

Spirit Outstanding Student Award

This award is given to a student who embodies leadership, citizenship and involvement, and belongs to anunderrepresented minority group including the LGBTQ community, Native American, African American and other cultural and racial minorities and religions.

Spirit Activism Award

This award is given to a student who embodies leadership, citizenship and community involvement, demonstrating these characteristics through his/her achievements and work towards social justice.

Award Criteria:

Nominations can be submitted by individual employees (including supervisors, direct reports and peers of the nominees), students, university departments, and units. Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Demonstration of emerging or sustained commitment to the values of diversity, inclusion, and multiculturalism by documented efforts that are above and beyond the routine.
  • Leadership – Recognizing individuals who are leaders though influence and example, inspiring those around them and contributing to their communities and the university. (Not solely confined to traditional definitions of leadership.)
  • Achievement – Accomplishments both in and outside of the classroom, not GPA. For example, a student could have demonstrated excellence through an outreach project or through research that illuminated an important issue within the community.
  • Citizenship – Students who have made important contributions that benefit the entire university community. Their work has transcended organizational boundaries. They have fostered cooperation and collaboration between the university and its constituents to better serve the campus community. These individuals have committed their time and energy to working with others to improve and enhance MSU as a whole.
  • Involvement in the community demonstrating investment and engagement within MSU’s community and beyond.

Instructions for Submitting Nominations:

  • The nomination deadline is March 7, 2014.
  • Complete and submit a Diversity Award NOMINATION FORM. Use a separate Nomination Form for each nominee.
  • Make sure that the contact information is accurate and complete.
  • Please specify whether the nomination is for the Spirit Outstanding Student Award or the Spirit Activism Award.
  • A nomination statement should be attached to this form and should not exceed two pages. The nomination statement should specifically identify the individual or team's contributions and accomplishments.
  • Letters of support:
    • A minimum of one letter of support is required for the nomination. Up to three letters of support may be submitted. One of the letters of support should be from the supervisor, department chair, center director, or dean (in the case of an individual nominee) or from a supervisory individual representing the lead office or lead sponsor (in the case of a unit/organization/team nominee).

     

Completed nomination packets should be submitted to:

Diversity Awards Selection Committee
c/o Ariel Donohue
Diversity Awareness Office, SUB 368
Fax: 406-994-6889
E-mail: ariel.donohue@montana.edu