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 email@example.com 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
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:
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)
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
Business Scholar Leaders Program
Assisted in the planning and execution of the Freshmen Business Student Leader Event
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
Amount of Time
Make a Wish Foundation
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
Camp Counselor (volunteer)
Mentored and lead campers during the weekend event
1-2 three day weekends/summer
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
President’s Honor Roll
National Society of Collegiate Scholars
Scholarships and Scholarly Activity
Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
ConocoPhillips SPIRIT Scholar
Please do not include any internships
Sample Preferred Format
Amount of Time/wk
Waited tables during lunch
10 hours per week
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)*
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:
GPA explanation if applicable
Recommendation Letter One
Recommendation Letter Two
Information Release Form
Marketing Information Form
Return Final Application to the receptionist desk in the ConocoPhillips OSU Alumni Center by 4:30 p.m. onSeptember 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.
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.
Current Phone Number _________________E-Mail Address
Are you a member of the Student Alumni Association? ____Yes or _____No
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 availablefor 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.
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
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.
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
Preferred name to be listed on the following official announcements if selected for SOS/OS (Certificate, Program, Display Panel, Press Release, and Website):
List 4 application Highlights from your OSU experience to be shared in presentation & press release:
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.
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.
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.