Seniors of Significance and Outstanding Seniors Award Dear Applicant or Nominee



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Seniors of Significance and Outstanding Seniors Award
Dear Applicant or Nominee,

The OSU Alumni Association is proud to present the selection of the OSU Outstanding Seniors for the 2016-2017 graduating class. The Award Committee is looking forward to receiving your application for the Outstanding Seniors Award.

The Outstanding Seniors Award recognizes undergraduate students who have excelled in scholarship, leadership and service to campus and community and have brought distinction to Oklahoma State University. All undergraduate seniors who have graduation dates from OSU Stillwater or Tulsa of December 2016, May 2017 or July 2017 are eligible to apply.

Students may apply openly or be nominated. OSU faculty or staff, campus organizations, or employers may nominate students through the submission of an email nomination to Amanda Harrison at amanda.k.harrison@okstate.edu containing the student’s name and email address. The nominated student will be notified and encouraged to complete an application.



Applications are available at orangeconnection.org/awards & due by 4:30pm on September 30, 2016
Selection is a two part process:

Step 1: Fall Semester


Applications are reviewed and scored for selection of Seniors of Significance and announced by November 4, 2016

Step 2: Spring Semester


Individuals selected from Seniors of Significance will update credentials and interview for the selection of Outstanding Seniors

All information submitted on the award application may be verified by the Alumni Association office.

Judges for the awards are composed of members of the Alumni Association Leadership Council Student Awards and Recognition Committee and selected faculty and staff from campus and academic programs.

Scoring Senior of Significance:

Judges are asked to review the applications and score them on a 100 point system



  • Up to 40 points are awarded for G.P.A

  • Up to 60 points for Leadership, Service, Special Merit, Paid Employment and Essay

    • Refer to pages 2-3 to see examples of each of these areas

Scoring Outstanding Senior:

  • Up to 60% of application score

  • Up to 40% of interview score (applicants must be available for the interview to be eligible for selection)

  • Final selection is at the discretion of the interview panel

In order to be considered, a student must excel in more than one of the following areas of student life that include Leadership, Service, Special Merit and Paid Employment. Up to 15 points may be awarded in each of the following categories:


  1. Leadership:

    • Campus Organizations (offices, committees, contributions to the growth or excellence of student organizations, brief description of roles and responsibilities, amount of time contributed)

    • Living Group involvement (office, honors or service, brief description of roles and responsibilities, amount of time contributed)

Sample Preferred Format

Organization

Years

Office(s) Held

Role/Responsibilities

Amount of Time

Student Alumni Board

2012-2014

2010-2012



Executive

Member


Managed all minutes of meetings, point accruements for all members and staffed all promotion events for STAT organization
Signed students up as members of OSUAA, gave campus tours to prospective students and served as an ambassador for the President’s office

2-5 hours/week

20 hours/semester




Business Scholar Leaders Program

2012-2014

Scholar Leader

Assisted in the planning and execution of the Freshmen Business Student Leader Event

    1. hours/semester



  1. Service:

    • Community Service (impact on others through service to campus or society in general, brief description of roles and responsibilities, amount of time contributed)

Sample Preferred Format

Organization

Years

Office(s) Held

Role/Responsibilities

Amount of Time

Make a Wish Foundation

2013-2014

2012-2013



Wish Week Fundraiser Participant
Wish Week Coach

Raised money for the event

Directed other participants in preparation of fundraising week



15 hours during annual fundraising week
1-5 hours


Camp Cowboy

2011-2013

Camp Counselor (volunteer)

Mentored and lead campers during the weekend event

1-2 three day weekends/summer




  1. Special Merit:

    • Scholarly efforts (scholarly research; national, international scholarships; Honors College involvement, etc., and the amount of time contributed)

    • Activities that bring distinction to the University (national offices, honors including athletic involvement, or other designations that call positive attention to Oklahoma State University and the amount of time contributed)

    • Personal growth and determination (obstacles overcome in pursuit of degree, extenuating circumstances, etc.)

Sample Preferred Format

Awards and Honors

Years

President’s Honor Roll

Fall 2010

Spring 2011



Spring 2013

National Society of Collegiate Scholars

2011-2013




Scholarships and Scholarly Activity

Years

Robert C. Byrd Scholarship

2010-2013

ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholar

2012-2014




  1. Paid Employment:

    • Please do not include any internships

Sample Preferred Format

Business

Date(s)

Position

Responsibilities

Amount of Time/wk

Ranchers Club

2013-2014


Server


Waited tables during lunch


10 hours per week


Residence Inn

2012-2013

Front Desk Clerk

Assisted guests with check-in and any additional needs during their stay

15 hours per week




Please check all boxes below to make sure you have a Completed Application:

  • Applicant should be an undergraduate graduating in December 2016, May 2017, or July 2017

  • *Application must be typed, printed single sided on white copy paper. (NO binding, folders needed, just a paper clip to attached multiple sheets)*

  • Include two letters of recommendation from faculty or staff, student organization or employer

  • Please ask for your recommender to include their email address in their letter

  • Include a Copy of official transcript (allow registrar’s office a minimum of one week to provide the transcript)

  • If GPA is 3.0 or lower, please provide no more than a 250 word statement of special circumstance for consideration

  • Please submit your application packet in the following order:

        • Application

        • Essay

        • GPA explanation if applicable

        • Recommendation Letter One

        • Recommendation Letter Two

        • Transcript

        • Information Release Form

        • Marketing Information Form

  • Return Final Application to the receptionist desk in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center by 4:30 p.m. on September 30, 2016

    • Applicants are also asked to sign the Information Release Form when turning in application which will allow release of photos, biographical information and quotes from essays to be used for press coverage, publications and event programs

Important Dates to Remember:

  • Application Due by 4:30pm on September 30, 2016

  • Application Scoring Completed by First of November

  • Senior of Significance Reception on November 21, 2016

  • Outstanding Senior Interviews on March 3, 2017

  • Interview Scoring Completed by End of March

  • Outstanding Senior Dinner on April 27, 2017

Your attention to these details will help the committee tremendously as it embarks on a difficult task. Thank you for your cooperation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Sincerely,

Amanda Harrison, Coordinator Student Programs



405-744-3600

amanda.k.harrison@okstate.edu

Oklahoma State University Alumni Association
2016 - 2017 Seniors of Significance/


Outstanding Senior Award Application
Complete this form and return it to the receptionist desk in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center, no later than September 30, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. to be considered for the Seniors of Significance/Outstanding Senior Award. If you have any questions, please call (405) 744-3600. Electronic applications are available at orangeconnection.org/awards.

(All applications must be TYPED and late applications will NOT be accepted.)


HONOR STATEMENT: I certify that all of the following information is true to the best of my knowledge. I understand that the Alumni Association Awards Committee maintains the right to verify any part of the information provided. Additionally, I give permission for the Committee to access my student records, including student conduct records, in any of the departments on campus.

Signature Date

Name

CWID

Current Address

Current Phone Number _________________E-Mail Address

Are you a member of the Student Alumni Association? ____Yes or _____No

College

What degree are you receiving? ____Bachelor of Science (B.S) ____Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
____Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A) ____Bachelor of Architecture (B.A.R) ____Bachelor of Music (B.M.)

Major ____________________________________Minors (if applicable)

Will you be receiving an Honors Degree? _____Yes or _____ No

GPA (through July): Overall In Major

Expected Date of Undergraduate Completion:

PLEASE NOTE: Students selected as Seniors of Significance must be available for Outstanding Senior interviews. The interviews are tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 3, 2016. If you believe extraordinary circumstances would prevent you from interviewing on that date, please attach an explanation with your application.

Please complete the remainder of the application as an attachment.



Leadership:

On no more than one page, list the activities and organizations you have been involved with while in college. Include activities and memberships not directly related to college. Indicate those activities in which you held leadership positions, as well as a brief description of your role/responsibilities. Please include how much time was dedicated annually, monthly or weekly.


Campus Activities Brief Description

Organization Years Office(s) Held of Responsibilities Amt of Time

Service:

On no more than one page, list the activities and organizations you have been involved with while in college in the community. Include activities and memberships not directly related to college. Indicate those activities in which you held leadership positions, as well as a brief description of your role/responsibilities. Please include how much time was dedicated annually, monthly or weekly.


Service on Campus

or the Community Brief Description

Organization Years Office(s) Held of Responsibilities Amt of Time

Awards, Scholarships and Scholarly Activity:

On no more than one page, list the honors, awards and scholarships (academic, athletic, or extra-curricular) you have received while in college. Include those not directly related to college.


Awards and Honors Year(s)

Scholarships and Scholarly Activity Year(s)


Paid Employment (Do not include internships)

Business Date(s) Position Responsibilities Amt of Time/wk
Short Answer Essay Question
The quality and content of your essay will influence your application score.
In an essay of 300-400 words, explain what aspects of your OSU experience qualifies you to become a Senior of Significance.  Examples of topics you could include are classroom success, employment, service to others, unique personal accomplishments and future prospects.
Please list any pertinent information to help the committee evaluate your application for Outstanding Seniors. If you are a non-traditional student or are in an otherwise unique situation, please specify.

Do not include newspaper clippings, articles, etc.


REMINDER:

  • Include 2 letters of recommendation

  • Include an official transcript

  • Include Information Release form

  • Include Marketing Information Form


Seniors of Significance/Outstanding Senior

Information Press Release Form

Name

Preferred name to be listed on the following official announcements if selected for SOS/OS (Certificate, Program, Display Panel, Press Release, and Website):

Pronunciation of your name:

Local Address

Permanent/Parent Address

Cell E-mail address

High School Name

Hometown____________________________ Hometown Newspaper

Parent Names

Grandparent Names

List 4 application Highlights from your OSU experience to be shared in presentation & press release:

1.

2.

3.

4.

Photo and Text Release:

I grant all Oklahoma State University campuses (hereinafter University), the right to use, publish, and copyright my image (including audio, moving image, text from application or photograph) for educational programs, media relations, Web sites, and promotion of University and Alumni Association programs.

The University and Association adhere to all Federal and State laws associated with the use of these materials.

Signature _____________________________________________________Date

Seniors of Significance/Outstanding Senior

Marketing Information
Please take a few minutes and answer the following questions. This information will not influence your selection. The information disclosed on this form will only be used to let us know how we are doing on promoting this program to diverse audiences.
Name: (Optional)

Age: Gender:


What communication platform did you become aware of the Seniors of Significance/Outstanding Senior Award? (please mark all that apply)
___OSU Website ___OSUAA Website ___OSU Email ___OSUAA Email ___OSU Facebook
___OSUAA Facebook ___OSU Twitter ___OSUAA Twitter ___O’Colly ____Video Board

____Faculty ___Organizational Announcement


Please check any statements below that apply to you.


OSU Stillwater Student

OSU Tulsa Student


In-state Student

Out-of-state Student

International Student
African American Student

Hispanic Student

Native American Student

Caucasian student

Other Ethnicity
Non- Greek Affiliated Student

Greek Affiliated Student


Commuting

Student Athlete

Traditional Student

Non-traditional Student

First Generation College Student
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Student

Arts and Sciences Student

Spears School of Business Student

College of Education Student

College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology Student

Human Sciences Student


___ Center for Veterinary Health Sciences Student

Are you filling out this application because you were nominated by someone? ____Yes or ____No



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