2015 NAGPS National and Regional Member of the Year Awards

The purpose of Regional and National Member of the Year Awards are to recognize excellence and noble service being done by fellow graduate-professional student leaders and their organizations at NAGPS member schools.  By highlighting and recognizing these efforts, we hope to enrich the broader graduate-professional student community with new ideas and renewed appreciation for the hard work and dedicated service of our peers.

Please find included in this guide, the NAGPS National and Regional Awards of Excellence information, the Scoring Rubric, and Application. Applicants in each region should complete the attached application, which will be evaluated using the attached rubric. Each organization will be assessed a final score between 0 and 100 (scoring components are listed below).

NAGPS is composed of five (5) regions: Midwest, Northeast, Southcentral, Southeast, and Western. The Regional Member of the Year is the organization with the highest raw score from each region; these five will then compete to become the National Member of the Year. Each Regional Member of the Year Award recipient must be in attendance at the national conference to compete for NAGPS National Member of the Year. All award recipients must be current members of NAGPS.

The same application will qualify organizations for the new “Emerging Member of the Year” award. This will be awarded to a NAGPS member organization that has been with NAGPS for between one and five years, has a likely budget under $50,000, and shows great initiative within their campus community and NAGPS.

The application process consists of six steps, culminating in the national conference awards ceremony where the National Member of the Year will be announced.


All applications must be submitted electronically via this page by October 16, 2015 no later than 11:59 pm PST. 


Decision notifications will be sent out by the Social Justice Chair to each applicant school announcing the regional winner for each of the five regions. Additionally, a congratulatory letter will be sent by NAGPS President, Kristofferson Culmer, to the administration of the regional winners’ universities to recognizing their achievement.


Regional winners will be asked to complete a form regarding their graduate-professional student organizations. This information shall be used to recognize each regional winner in our magazine and online publications. This information will be submitted electronically to the Social Justice Chair.


A reminder email will be sent out to each regional winner with information regarding the national conference. The email will ask each regional winner to start compiling any additional supporting documentation to be used at the in-person interview at the national conference competition.


At the national conference, regional winners will have an in-person interview with the Member of the Year Selection Committee. Only three designated representatives from each organization can be present for the interview. Regional winners must be in attendance at the national conference to compete for NAGPS National Member of the Year. The final decision will be announced at the Awards Ceremony of the National Conference.


Point Allocation
Advocacy 15%
Service 15%
Professional Development 15%
NAGPS Event Participation 10%
Host of apply to host and NAGPS event (In the past 2 years) 10%
National/Regional Board Participation 10%
Essay 15%
Interview 10%

If you have any questions, please email sjc@nagps.org. Please note that a successful submission will result in a confirmation email with the contents of the application to the contact email address. If you do not receive this, you may need to resubmit the application.

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