Awards

Towson University benefits from the vibrancy created by student organizations and leaders. Each year we have the opportunity to recognize the contributions of outstanding members to the TU community through their involvement on campus.  The Student Affairs Leadership Awards is sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and the Student Government Association. The nomination form is available here or on the front page of Involved@TU Nominations are due by noon on Friday, April 3rd.

 

Individual awards categories

The Margie Tversky Advisor of the Year Award
Named in honor Margie Tversky, former Director of Student Services at Towson University in Northeastern Maryland, for her many years of selfless dedication to mentoring student leaders and enhancing the student experience at Towson, this award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has provided a student organization with outstanding support and services in the role of an advisor during the academic year. 
The Outstanding Campus Employer Award
This award recognizes an office, faculty, or staff member who has fostered professionalism, provided proper training, organization, and planning to help students succeed in their job. Nominees must have supervised student employees for a minimum of six months within the past academic year.  
 The Student Employee of the Year Award
This award recognizes an individual student who works a minimum of ten hours per week. Nominees must show proof of working on campus or with a campus affiliated program for at least six months (August 2019 to present).  Nominees are selected based on reliability, quality of work, initiative, disposition, and contribution to employer. Nominees must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. 
 The Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Member Award
This award recognizes a faculty member who develops and teaches a course with a service-learning component with evidence of innovative ways of employing a reflective teaching methodology to connect service-learning with academic study.  The nominee will also have demonstrated leadership that promotes service-learning within one’s discipline, and participates in engaged scholarship (i.e. research, published materials, and presentations) on service-learning or community-based research.  
The Eco-Tiger Award
This award recognizes an undergraduate student who displays eco-friendly behavior, educates their peers about sustainability, and significantly contributes to environmental activism on TU’s campus. This student is an exemplary model for others, demonstrating and engaging the Towson community in sustainable initiatives. 
 The Outstanding Graduate Student Award

This award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated continual leadership and service to the University through student organization and university committee participation, academic achievement, and outstanding contributions to campus life within their area of student life. Nominees must have a minimum 3.5 GPA. 

 The Mary Leeper Emerging Leader Award
Named after Towson University's SGA Administrative Assistant, this award recognizes a freshman or sophomore student who is actively involved in campus life and demonstrates a potential for leadership. This student has made a significant contribution to their organization and/or impact on campus. A $1,000 award will be given to the recipient. Nominees must be returning students for Fall 2020 and must have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. 
 The Unsung Hero Award
This award recognizes a student who has made significant contributions to their organization, without holding an executive position. This student is a role model behind the scenes and a positive influence on the entire group.
Social Activist Award
This award is given to a student or organization that has demonstrated the ability to organize, lead, engage, and advocate for social justice issues that impact the lives of students and the TU community as a whole. 
The Tiger Pride Award 
The Tiger Pride Award recognizes two graduating seniors who have made significant contributions to enhance the lives of those within and beyond the Towson community. In particular, the recipients demonstrate qualities stated in the Tiger Pledge: responsibility for their behavior, an excellent work ethic, respect for themselves and others, involvement with campus and community, and a spirit of optimism. Nominees must have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. Nominees will be contacted for additional information and resume after nomination has been submitted. 
 
 The Vice President of Student Affairs Award
 The VPSA Award recognizes a broad base of Towson students who have demonstrated continual leadership and service to the University through student organizations, university committee participation, academic achievement and outstanding contributions to campus life.  Nominees must have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. Nominees will be contacted for additional information and resume after nomination has been submitted. 
The Marion Hoffman Ethical Leadership Award  
In her memory, family, friends, alumni, and the Division of Student Affairs established the Marion B. Hoffman Ethical leadership Award scholarship to students who qualify for the Vice President of Student Affairs Award and who demonstrate integrity in their decision making as leaders. A $1,000 non-renewable scholarship is awarded to the winner. Nominees must be a rising junior or senior, and returning to TU for Fall 2020. Nominees will be contacted for additional information and resume after nomination has been submitted.  
 The James R. Saxon Memorial Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes a graduating senior who has demonstrated leadership, service, and good citizenship by participating in campus life or contributing significantly to the campus community. The nominee must be or have been involved in intercollegiate athletics or intramural sports. Two (2) non-renewable monetary scholarships will be awarded to two graduating seniors. Nominees must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. Nominees will be contacted for additional information after nomination has been submitted.  
 The SGA Dreamers Award
This award recognizes a student who has shown a dedication and commitment to making sure TU Dreamers have access to resources and support that can benefit them during their time here at Towson. Nominees must have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. 
 The SGA International Student Award
This award recognizes an international student who has demonstrated exemplary leadership and service to the university and is committed to enhancing the experiences of international students on campus. Nominees must have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A. 
 The SGA Pride Award

This award recognizes a student who supports the identities under the LGBTQ+ umbrella and have demonstrated a commitment to advance the rights and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community on campus.

The SGA Empowering Women Award
This award recognizes a student who supports the advancement of all women and the importance of intersectional activism, feminism, and/or womanism.
The SGA Student Leader of the Year Award
This award recognizes a student on an executive board of an organization who has demonstrated exceptional leadership and service to the TU community, academic achievement, and outstanding contributions to campus life. This student shows a dedication and commitment to advancing the mission of their organization and contributes to the greater good of the TU community. A $1,000 award will be given to the recipient. Nominees must be returning for Fall 2020 and have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.

other recognized awards

The FSL Sorority Woman/Fraternity Man of the Year Award

This award is given out to leaders who have made positive contributions to the fraternity and sorority community at TU through their leadership, service, and involvement. Award winners are selected based on their involvement in their own organization and the fraternity and sorority community as a whole. *Separate award application process

The Diversity & Inclusion Award

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion & Institutional Equity

The Mary Lee Farlow Scholarship
Mary Lee Farlow served over 30 years as Director of Residence Life and oversaw all on-campus housing. In Mary Lee’s honor, this scholarship is awarded to an outstanding resident student leader(s) at the end of the spring semester. The recipient(s) must be a current resident student leader who has served for a minimum of two semesters (including the current semester). Evidence of this leadership would be demonstrated by assisting other resident student leaders, contributing to a positive community, promoting student success, and going above and beyond the expectations of any organizational or employment role they hold.
Dr. Maravene Loeschke Leadership Scholarship
This scholarship recognizes a student who has demonstrated excellence in leadership. The recipient must be a graduate of the LeaderShape Institute and has shown progress towards achieving their personal vision statements at TU and beyond. Candidates must have at least a 3.2 GPA and be incoming juniors for Fall 2020. Multiple non-renewable scholarships will be awarded.

organizational Awards category

The New Organization of the Year Award
The New Organization of the Year Award is given in recognition of a student organization new to Towson’s campus for the corresponding academic year. This award celebrates their accomplishments and growth throughout their first semesters on campus. A $1,000 award will be given to the organization for the 2020-2021 year.
The Hoke L. Smith Outstanding Student Organization Award
Named in honor of former Towson University President, the Hoke L. Smith Organization of the Year Award recognizes a student organization that has impacted the TU community through membership development, leadership, programming, and service. In addition, the organization has made a consistent contribution to campus life. A $1,000 award will be given to the organization for the 2020-2021 year.

Program Awards Category

The Outstanding Multicultural Program Award
The Outstanding Multicultural Program Award recognizes a specific program sponsored by a student organization or multiple organizations that has increased cultural awareness and appreciation of differences beyond the mission of the organization. A $1,000 award will be given to the organization for the 2020-2021 year.
The Outstanding Program Award 
The Outstanding Program Award recognizes a program sponsored by a student organization that has significantly impacted campus life and generated substantial interest on campus. A $1,000 award will be given to the organization for the 2020-2021 year.