Day of Student Recognition Awards
For questions regarding the following information, please email Kim Cleary or call 406-994-6872. Please note the dates and deadlines vary by department.
Scroll down to see awards for the Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons, Office of Disability Services, President's Commission on the Status of University Women, Honors College, Modern Languages Department, and the Office of Student Engagement Student Organization Awards.
The following awards are selected through a single application process. The application
is due February 28 at 11:59pm. Visit the FAQ page for frequently asked questions and helpful hints.
Erma Lessel Collins Junior Award
This award recognizes a new Mortar Board member who best exemplifies campus service and sorority activities. This award, given by her sons, honors Mrs. Collins who earned her Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1916 from Montana State College and her Masters in 1918 from Columbia University.
Erma Lessel Collins Senior Award
Originally the Five Year Speaker Award, this honor is presented to a senior woman
based upon leadership, scholarship, and contributions to Montana State University.
It is awarded in honor of Mrs. Collins, the first Woman’s Day speaker in 1924.
Ethelyn C. Harrison Award
Awarded to one senior woman who exemplifies service to others. This award is given in honor of the late Dean Emeritus Harrison.
Outstanding Freshman Leadership Award
Recognizes a freshman who demonstrates notable leadership skills and values.
Outstanding Freshman Service Award
Recognizes a freshman who demonstrates a commitment to community service.
Outstanding Sophomore Leadership Award
Recognizes a sophomore who demonstrates notable leadership skills and values.
Outstanding Sophomore Service Award
Recognizes a sophomore who demonstrates a commitment to community service.
Outstanding Junior Leadership Award
Recognizes a junior who demonstrates notable leadership skills and values.
Outstanding Junior Service Award
Recognizes a junior who demonstrates a commitment to community service.
Max Worthington Service Award
Awarded to a senior man whose service to Montana State University has exemplified leadership skills and service to others. This award is given in honor of Max Worthington, Dean of Students from 1964 to 1973.
Roland R. Renne Award
Presented to a senior who exemplifies the values of both leadership and service, and is presented in honor of Dr. Renne, President of Montana State University from 1943 to 1964.
Recognizes seven outstanding juniors, based upon extraordinary leadership and service to Montana State University.
Christy Foundation Scholarship
Awarded to students bringing special recognition to MSU based upon meritorious community leadership and service.
Una B. Herrick Award
Presented to a senior who exemplifies the values of leadership and service, and is presented in honor of the Dean of Women and the Founder of Women’s Day in 1923, now known as the Day of Student Recognition.
Val G. Glynn Award
Presented to a senior who exemplifies the values of leadership and service, and is presented in honor of Mr. Val Glynn, Dean of Students from 1948 to 1964.
Earlene Hart Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to a sophomore or junior majoring in Nursing or Foods & Nutrition. Given by the family of Mrs. Earlene Hart.
Roskie Memorial Scholarship
Awarded to an undergraduate student who exhibits outstanding leadership qualities. This award honors the late Dr. Gertrude Roskie, Dean of Professional Schools, and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jack Haynes.
Alpha Lambda Delta Outstanding New Member
Awarded to a student who showed great involvement in service among fellow initiates in Alpha Lambda Delta.
Alpha Lambda Delta Outstanding Academic Achievement
Awarded to a student who shows great commitment to academics as well as leadership among fellow members.
Office of Disability Services:
Lawrence Hiller Scholarship
Lawrence Hiller Scholaship – This scholarship was established in 1981 by the Hiller family to honor their father, a Montana rancher who acquired a physical disability late in his life. There will be one scholarship awarded. The scholarship is applied directly to the student’s account.
- Must be a Montana Resident
- Have a Physical Disability
- Have personal or financial need.
Application Deadline: tbd
The Lawrence Hiller Scholarship Fund was established on December 31, 1981. The money was donated by Mr. Hiller’s family as a memorial to him. Mr. Hiller was a Montana farmer and rancher for many years and acquired a physical disability late in life. This scholarship is presented to students with physical disabilities.
Deadline: Eligible students are identified and contacted each spring.
The following awards are by nomination only.
Diversity and Inclusion Student Commons:
Spirit Activism Award
The Spirit Activism Award is given to a current student who embodies leadership, citizenship and community involvement, demonstrating these characteristics through their achievements and work towards social justice.
Spirit Outstanding Student Award
The Spirit Outstanding Student Award recognizes a current student who embodies leadership, citizenship and involvement, and also identifies as a member of an underrepresented minority group.
If you are interested in applying for one of the DISC-sponsored scholarships, in addition to the Day of Student Recognition application, please email Barbara either: a nomination letter sent on your behalf by another student, staff or faculty member, OR a self-nomination letter. The submitted nomination letter should include details as to how you have embodied leadership, citizenship and community involvement throughout your time here at MSU. Nomination letters should be no longer than 10 sentences.The award recipient will be recognized at MSU’s Day of Student Recognition in April in Bozeman, MT.
- Spirit Activism Award
The Spirit Activism Award is given to a current student who embodies leadership, citizenship and community involvement, demonstrating these characteristics through his/her achievements and work towards social justice.
- Spirit Outstanding Student Award
The Spirit Outstanding Student Award recognizes a current student who embodies leadership, citizenship, and involvement, and also identifies as a member of an underrepresented minority group.
Deadline: Feb. 28
President's Award for Gender Equity:
President’s Award for Gender Equity
Student Award Nominations Call, 2022
Montana State University is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the President’s Award for Gender Equity. These (2) awards are designed to honor graduate students and undergraduate students who have worked to improve issues related to gender, equity, diversity and inclusion. Nominations (including self-nominations) can be made by submitting the student’s name, contact information, and a short (maximum of five sentences) reason for nomination to the Recognitions Chair, Betsy Danforth at [email protected] Deadline for nominations is 4 p.m. Friday, February 11th. Individuals nominated will be asked to provide a one-page narrative describing their work in this area and a current resume/vitae. The award recipient(s) will be recognized at MSU’s Day of Student Recognition in April.
Honors College has their own selection process.
Honors College Exemplary Leadership and Service Award
The Honors College Excellence in Leadership and Service Award is in recognition of exemplary leadership and service during the student's time at Montana State University.
Office of Student Engagement-Student Organization Awards
*Note: Club Award applications are all due Sunday, March 20th, 2022, at 11:59pm.
Student Organization Leader of the Year Award
Honors a leader of a registered student organization who displays outstanding organization, leadership and involvement.
Student Organization of the Year Award
Awarded to a current registered student organization that displays outstanding contributions to the MSU community, student members and fosters leadership within their organization.
Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award
Recognizes a current advisor of a registered student organization who displays outstanding support, assistance and investment in the student organization in which they advise.