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President’s Student Leadership and Service Award

The President’s Student Leadership & Service Award (PSLSA) recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding student leaders at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. It is presented to students for their exceptional leadership and service to the University of Minnesota and the surrounding community.

Nominations are accepted from January 13 through February 3, 2020. Review guidelines and submit a nomination below.

The PSLSA is a collaboration between the Office of the President, Office for Student Affairs, University of Minnesota Alumni Association and Student Unions & Activities.

Recipients of the PSLSA who are outstanding in certain aspects of their leadership and service (as determined by the PSLSA Selection Committee) may be eligible for one of the following scholarship awards:

Donald R. Zander Alumni Award for Outstanding Student Leadership
Four undergraduate students each selected to receive a $2,000 scholarship

James A. Johnson Scholarship Award
Two undergraduate students in their junior or senior year each selected to receive a $1,940 scholarship

Mary A. McEvoy Public Engagement and Leadership Award
One graduate student and one professional student each selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship

Please direct questions to the Student Activities Office at 126 Coffman Memorial Union, (612) 626-6919 or

About the Awards Process

The process begins with University faculty, staff, or students nominating students for the PSLSA. After a student is nominated, the student receives a notification to submit an addendum to the nomination. The PSLSA Selection Committee (comprised of University students, staff, and faculty members) reviews all nominations and addenda in early March. PSLSA recipients are notified in mid-March, and they may be advanced for consideration for one of the scholarship awards as determined by the PSLSA Selection Committee.

Nomination Information and Instructions

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the PSLSA, an individual must:

  1. Be an undergraduate, graduate, or professional student enrolled at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities for at least one semester between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019.
  2. Have minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA as of Spring 2020
  3. Be nominated by a University student, staff, or faculty member between January 13, 2020 and February 3, 2020 at 5:00pm.
  4. Submit a student addendum by Monday, February 10, 2020 at 5:00pm.

Nomination Instructions

Students must be nominated by University of Minnesota students, staff, or faculty before 5:00pm on Monday, February 3, 2020.

Upon submission of your nomination, nominees are immediately notified to submit the student addendum form. Nominees are provided instructions on how to complete the addendum. The addendum form is due before 5:00pm on Monday, February 10, 2020.

The PSLSA nomination form asks for identifying information on the nominator and the nominee, and for one 250-word essay that addresses the following:

Please describe the nominee's leadership strengths, accomplishments, and contributions to the University community in relation to up to three of the University of Minnesota Student Development Outcomes.

The nomination essay should include details regarding the student's leadership strengths, accomplishments, and contributions to the University and greater community in relation to up to three Student Development Outcomes (see below).

The nomination essay should provide clear examples of ways that the student demonstrated leadership. Activities mentioned in the essays must take place between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. If referring to contributions that are required as part of a nominee's employment, please explain their effort beyond the expected duties of the position.

Student Development Outcomes

The Student Development Outcomes were created to describe the critical elements of the student experience and to assist students in becoming lifelong learners and engaged citizens after they leave the University. Please see the Student Development Outcomes page for more detailed descriptions.

  1. Responsibility and Accountability: Making appropriate decisions on behavior and accepting the consequences of one’s actions.
  2. Independence and Interdependence: Knowing when to collaborate or seek help and when to act independently.
  3. Goal Orientation: Managing one’s energy and attention to achieve specific outcomes.
  4. Self Awareness: Knowing one’s personal strengths and talents and acknowledging one’s shortcomings.
  5. Resilience: Recovering and learning from setbacks or disappointments
  6. Appreciation of Differences: Recognizing the value of interacting with individuals with backgrounds or perspectives different from one’s own.
  7. Tolerance of Ambiguity: Demonstrating the ability to perform in complicated environments where clear-cut answers or standard operating procedures are absent.