The President’s Student Leadership Awards

The Office of the President, together with the Federation of Students (Feds) and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) are recognizing student leaders at the University of Waterloo through the President, Feds, and GSA Leadership Awards. The awards honour those students at the University of Waterloo who have demonstrated exemplary leadership skills in various ways at the University and/or in the surrounding community.

Winners are recognized at the annual President’s Leadership Awards Banquet where they will be presented with an award. Successful nominees and their nominators will be invited to attend the event where they will have an opportunity to connect with University senior leaders, Feds Executives and GSA Executives. 

Nominations and Criteria

Depending on eligibility, student leaders may be nominated for the following awards:

President’s Student Leadership Awards:

The President’s Student Leaderships Awards are presented to one undergraduate and one graduate student which are chosen from the nominees of the Feds and GSA awards. Applicants will be reviewed to determine if the individual meets the following criteria:

  1. Must be a student at the University of Waterloo;
  2. Must be an undergraduate or graduate student (depending on award);
  3. Granted in recognition of outstanding leadership, volunteer service, contribution and/or special achievement in co-curricular activities;
  4. For the undergraduate student award, must have completed at least two (2) years prior to the time of nomination;
  5. For the graduate student award, must have completed at least one (1) semester of their degree prior to the time of nomination;
  6. Leadership marked by outstanding efforts, or innovative actions;
  7. Demonstrates an excellence in commitment to the UWaterloo community; 
  8. Inspires and encourages personal and professional development of others.

You will be able to indicate if you’d like your nominee to be considered for this award in addition to the Feds or GSA award on the nomination form. 
Please be sure to submit your nomination before the deadline closes on March 3. 

Feds Undergraduate Student Leadership Awards:

Awards up to ten Waterloo undergraduate students. Applicants will be reviewed to determine if the individual falls within the scope of one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Is an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo;
  2. Leadership in a student leadership position(s) in the Federation of Students;
  3. Service to the undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo;
  4. Involvement and contributions to undergraduate student life within the Federation of Students and at the University of Waterloo.

Please be sure to submit your nomination before the deadline closes on March 3.

GSA Graduate Student Leadership Awards:

Awards up to five Waterloo graduate students. Applications will be reviewed to determine if the individual falls within the scope of one or more of the following criteria:

  1. Is a graduate student at the University of Waterloo;
  2. Demonstrated leadership in service to or benefiting graduate students at the University of Waterloo;
  3. Involvement and contributions to graduate student life within the Graduate Student Association or at the University of Waterloo.

Please be sure to submit your nomination before the deadline closes on March 3.