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Outstanding Women Student Awards History

The Outstanding Women Student Awards recognition process was begun in 1980 as the Women's Student Leadership Awards. These awards were intended to foster the development of leadership among women students, both graduate and undergraduate. For this reason, students who hold formal office in campus or community organizations have been obvious candidates for this recognition.

It has increasingly been the goal of the commission to recognize those students whose leadership may be less formal in nature, who entertain non-traditional aspirations, who have overcome significant obstacles in the process of pursuing their education or whose achievements and contributions might otherwise go unrecognized.

The award title was changed in the fall of 1987 to the "NIU Outstanding Women Student Awards".