Student Excellence Awards

At Northern, we acknowledge the importance of cultivating potential and recognizing achievement as critical to realizing excellence within a challenging educational environment. To that end, Northern takes time each spring semester to lift up and make known the achievements of a number of students who have shown a commitment to striving for excellence in everything they do. Since 1982, Northern has presented Student Excellence Awards to students who have achieved personal, educational, and professional goals and who have made meaningful and substantive contributions to our campus, local, and global communities. Student Excellence Awards recognize Northern students who have exemplified a commitment to the pursuit of high academic achievement and significant student engagement. These students hold themselves and others to a high standard, strive for integrity in all areas of their lives, and model for others a commitment to holistic learning and engagement.

2021 Student Excellence Nominations

Any member of the Northern community can nominate a student they believe exemplifies excellence, as outlined in the criteria identified. To nominate a student, submit the Nomination Form to the Dean of Students Office (Cowan Hall 218C) by Friday, April 2 at 12 Noon. Electronic submissions may be sent to