In the 35th year of honoring outstanding individual performance and contributions by classified and professional staff, we are pleased to kick off the 2024 program and invite you to submit a nomination of a deserving staff member!  Award winners will be announced at an awards celebration on April 18, 2024 from 9 – 11 am.

As in past years, the Service Excellence standards (Safety, Courtesy, Reliability, Competence) will continue to serve as the foundation for this recognition program.  Award winners will be selected for demonstrating exemplary service excellence in their jobs and will receive awards of $1000 cash.

  • Individual "Employee of the Year" awards: Staff members will be selected for their excellence in demonstrating each of the 4 Service Excellence standards (Safety, Courtesy, Reliability, Competence). 
  • Bobcat Lifetime Achievement Award: This award is to recognize an individual who provides exemplary service on a daily basis in all four standards of excellence and has devoted a significant portion of their career to MSU.  

Nomination Procedures:

  • Nominations are now closed.
  • Nominations will be accepted from the general MSU community (faculty, staff and students), on behalf of another eligible employee or team
  • Submit nominations online at Supporting documentation (maximum of 5 pages) may be uploaded. 
  • One nomination form should be submitted per nominee - individuals can be nominated for any or all of the Service Excellence standards on the same form.
  • Nomination materials will be shared with individual nominees so please be thorough in your submission.


The awards program is open to all permanent professional and classified employees of Montana State University and includes MSU Extension Offices, Agricultural Research Centers, and MSU Extended Nursing campuses.

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