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Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards

Kevin D. Knight was a Northern Illinois University (NIU) alumnus who embodied what it means to be a student leader. He was an exemplary leader, serving NIU as a catalyst for positive change and as a role model for up-and-coming student leaders to follow. Kevin used his time at NIU well, dedicating himself to the betterment of campus life for all students. He worked hard in various leadership positions while receiving numerous awards and recognition for his work. 

Kevin seemed to feel that his greatest accomplishment was to encourage his friends and peers to serve their university and the community. It is in the hearts of the students who knew him that his memory and his efforts carry on. For this purpose, the Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards and Awards Ceremony honor one of NIU’s great student leaders. Let us remember this model student leader by carrying the torch of exemplary leadership and working for a better NIU.

The purpose of the Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards is to recognize the leadership contributions of NIU students to the NIU and DeKalb community. The Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Student Involvement & Leadership Development, Orientation & Family Connections, Career Services, and the University Women's Club would like to identify students who have been intentional about their leadership development. The students who are recognized each year are purposeful about finding opportunities to clarify their values, set an example for others, envision the future, take risks, foster collaboration, and recognize the contributions made by their peers. The Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 24, 2016. All award applications are due on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 4pm

Contact Kelli Lance, Assistant Director for Leadership & Student Organizational Services, at klance@niu.edu or 815-753-6505 with any questions.

Below is additional information and application/nomination links to the 2015-2016 awards. Please be aware that all nominations and applications are due on Friday, February 12, 2016 at 4pm - no exceptions!

Awards

  • Freshman Leadership Award 
    The Freshman Leadership Award recognizes first-year students who have taken the initiative to get involved at NIU, even while they are adjusting to their new surroundings. These students have shown their potential as leaders and their potential for future contributions to campus life at NIU. For additional information, please read and complete the Freshman Instructions & Involvement Form. You must read and complete the Instructions & Involvement Form before you complete your application. The Freshman Leadership Award application can be found within our Huskie Link database. Please log in to Huskie Link with your Z-ID and password.
  • Sophomore Leadership Award
    The Sophomore Leadership Award recognizes students who have had outstanding involvement in campus life. Through their involvement, these students have contributed to the quality of life on NIU’s campus. In addition, they have begun to take on positions of leadership within their organizations and have also shown potential for future achievement. For additional information, please read and complete the Sophomore Instructions & Involvement Form for additional information. You must read and complete the Instructions & Involvement Form before you complete your application. The Sophomore Leadership Award application can be found within our Huskie Link database. Please log in to Huskie Link with your Z-ID and password. 
  • Junior Leadership Award
    The Junior Leadership Award is given to students who have significantly enhanced NIU’s campus environment through their demonstrated leadership abilities, personal growth, and community service. These students, who are more established in their college careers, have taken on the challenge of holding leadership positions in organizations. For additional information, please read and complete the Junior Instructions & Involvement Form. You must read and complete the Instructions & Involvement Form before you complete your application. The Junior Leadership Award application can be found within our Huskie Link database. Please log in to Huskie Link with your Z-ID and password.  
  • Senior Leadership Award 
    The Senior Leadership Award recognizes the involvement and accomplishments of our outstanding senior leaders. As seniors, they have not only demonstrated their commitment to enhancing the quality of life on NIU's campus, but have also shown outstanding potential for future achievement as they prepare to enter a new phase in their lives. For additional information, please read and complete the Senior Instructions & Involvement FormYou must read and complete the Instructions & Involvement Form before you complete your application. The Senior Leadership Award application can be found within our Huskie Link database. Please log in to Huskie Link with your Z-ID and password.  
  • Graduate Leadership Award
    The Graduate Leadership Award recognizes graduate students who are involved on campus despite graduate level coursework, professional commitments, and/or family responsibilities. The award recipients have exceeded in demonstrating their involvement and balance between work, school, and life. For additional information, please read and complete the Graduate Instructions & Involvement FormYou must read and complete the Instructions & Involvement Form before you complete your application. The Graduate Leadership Award application can be found within our Huskie Link database. Please log in to Huskie Link with your Z-ID and password.  
  • Outstanding Student Organization Award
    The Outstanding Student Organization Award recognizes the contributions of student organizations. Organizations are evaluated on their ability to work as a team, their creativity and initiative, their ability to accomplish tasks, the range of their programming, and their overall service to both the campus and the community. Please read the Outstanding Student Organization Instructions Form for additional information and the link to the online application form. You must read the Instructions Form before you complete your application. The Outstanding Student Organization Award application can be found within our Huskie Link database. Please log in to Huskie Link with your Z-ID or A-ID and password.  
  • Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award
    This award recognizes the dedication of a faculty or staff member who volunteers time as an advisor to student organizations. The selected individual demonstrates a high level of commitment to the organization they advise, and they play a central role in assisting our student leaders to reach their highest potential. For additional information, please read the Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Instructions FormYou must read the Instructions Form before you complete your nomination. The Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award nomination form can be found within our Huskie Link database. Please log in to Huskie Link with your Z-ID and password. 
  • Institutional Tuition Waiver
    Institutional tuition waivers are awarded to particularly accomplished and promising students. These awards are intended to assist these talented and special students in their ability to attend college. Applicants are judged on their contributions to the quality of campus life, the variety and scope of their involvement on campus, their potential for future involvement, and their academic achievement. For additional information, please read and complete the Institutional Tuition Waiver Instructions & Involvement/Service FormYou must read and complete the Instructions & Involvement/Service Form before you complete your application. The Institutional Tuition Waiver application can be found within our Huskie Link database. Please log in to Huskie Link with your Z-ID and password.  
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges
    The award for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges is national in scope. Students are nominated and selected for this honor on the basis of their academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities, and potential for continued success. They join an elite group of students from more than 2,300 institutions of higher education from across the nation. If you would like to nominate a student for this honor, please read the Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges Instructions Form for additional information. You must read the Instructions Form before you complete your nomination. The Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges nomination form can be found within our Huskie Link database. Please log in to Huskie Link with your Z-ID or A-ID and password. If you would like to submit more than one nomination, go back to the Huskie Link database after you submit your first nomination and click the "new one" link. This will bring you to a new nomination page to complete. Please note: if your nomination is listed as "Pending," that means it was successfully submitted. If it is listed as "In Progress," you have not yet successfully submitted the nomination.    
  • Parents' Association Endowed Scholarship
    In 1997, the Parents' Association (now Orientation & Family Connections) endowed a scholarship that would be awarded annually to a deserving NIU student. The scholarship is open to all degree-seeking junior-level students who are in good academic standing with the university. Preference is given to those applicants who have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA. Other requirements include involvement in extra-curricular activities and community service. Students interested in applying for the scholarship must write a personal statement and supply letters of recommendation with their application. For additional information, please read and complete the Parents' Association Endowed Scholarship Instructions & Involvement FormYou must read and complete the Instructions & Involvement Form before you complete your application. The Parents' Association Endowed Scholarship application can be found within our Huskie Link database. Please log in to Huskie Link with your Z-ID and password.
  • Applauding Excellence in Student Career Success Award
    NIU Career Services seeks nominations of undergraduate students for the Applauding Excellence in Student Career Success Award. Nominators will be asked to describe the student's application of classroom learning to the world outside of the classroom, advancement of student career success, advancement of career development, and more. If you would like to nominate a student for this honor, please read the NIU Applauding Excellence in Student Career Success Instructions Form for additional information. You must read the Instructions Form before you complete your nomination. The Applauding Excellence in Student Career Success Award nomination form can be found within our Huskie Link database. Please log in to Huskie Link with your A-ID and password. If you would like to submit more than one nomination, go back to the Huskie Link database after you submit your first nomination and click the "new one" link. This will bring you to a new nomination page to complete. Please note: if your nomination is listed as "Pending," that means it was successfully submitted. If it is listed as "In Progress," you have not yet successfully submitted the nomination.    
  • NIU Women's Club Volunteerism Award
    The NIU Women’s Club Volunteerism Award will be given to an undergraduate woman who has volunteered her time and talents to worthy causes of her own choosing. This annual award, which includes a modest honorarium, was established and first presented in 1988 by the members of the University Women’s Club who wanted to show support in a special way to an outstanding female student who has learned the intangible rewards of volunteer service. For additional information, please read the NIU Women's Club Volunteerism Instructions FormYou must read the Instructions Form before you complete your application. The NIU Women’s Club Volunteerism Award application can be found within our Huskie Link database. Please log in to Huskie Link with your Z-ID and password.

Curious about last year's winners? View the poster that recognizes all 2015 Kevin D. Knight award winners! You can also watch the Kevin D. Knight Student Spotlight video that was featured during the 2015 ceremony!