Outstanding First-Year Advocate Award

This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the academic and/or personal lives of first-year students. Recipients will receive a trophy and a $1,500 monetary award.


This award is open to faculty and staff in all areas of the University.

Criteria for Award

Nominees will be evaluated based on the significance of his/her contributions in these areas:

  1. Provides outstanding contributions to and support for first-year students
  2. Serves as a first-year student advocate and role model

Nomination Process

Nominators will complete the NOMINATION FORM and write an accompanying one-page letter of support. The nomination form may not exceed three pages and must describe the nominee’s advocacy efforts on behalf of first-year students. Nominators may also include up to two supporting letters of nomination.

Candidates will be notified about their nominations and asked to submit a brief philosophy/statement to be reviewed by the FSUS Awards Selection Committee.

Submission of nomination forms may be sent in hard copy to Shelly VandePanne, ASC 1048, or via email to [email protected] Candidates will be notified of their nomination and must respond by the given date. 


Nomination submissions were due by 5 PM (EDT) on Friday, February 7, 2020.