Making a Difference Staff Awards

Nominations are now open for the 2023 Staff Making a Difference Awards. Nominate a deserving colleague today in one of seven categories. The Making a Difference Awards Ceremony will be held on January 9, 2024 from 2:00-3:30pm in the Memorial Union Building Ballroom.

In order to nominate someone, please follow these steps:

  1. Review the award categories and criteria below.
  2. Create your nomination letter.
  3. Collect your statements of support (no more than three letters). 

    Please note that you will need to be prepared to upload your nomination letter and letters of support as one pdf file in the nomination form before exiting it. Otherwise it will be lost as the system will not automatically save it.

  4. Complete the nomination form.


This year's categories are:


All regular full-time and part-time staff are eligible. Award recipients will receive $500, after taxes. Past recipients are not eligible again until five years after their award year and are listed on the Staff Council page.

Nomination Criteria

Nominations must be no more than three single-spaced pages. Nominators should prepare a letter that provides specific examples of the nominee’s accomplishments. Winners will be chosen based on examples of the category criteria. Nominations are limited to single individuals. No team or group nominations.

Statements of Support Criteria

We recommend nominators collect up to three letters of support from other colleagues, clients and members of the community to strengthen their nomination. Please note – support letters need to be no more than one page each.


Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. Nominations received after the deadline will not be considered. Please contact Laurie Stark at 7-1081 or with any questions.