The Individual Excellence in Leadership Awards (ELAs) recognize students, faculty, and staff who have significantly contributed to improving the quality of student life and involvement during the past academic year at Columbia College.
Nominees will have demonstrated values for creativity, community engagement, leadership, stewardship, collaboration, to create a more engaged, connected, and inclusive community.
Individual Award Categories:
Outstanding Leadership Award
This award honors several students from each class who have made outstanding contributions to meaningful change on campus, locally, nationally or beyond by attending leadership programming offered by the Student Organization and Leadership office (only active for the 2021-2022 school year).
Student Life Advisory Board Member of the Year
This award is presented to an executive board member from our SLAB organizations that include Student Athletic Association, Student Government Association, Student Programming Board, and Student Organization Council. This member is a critical component to their respective organization. They went beyond their best ability not only to benefit their own SLAB organization but was essential to SLAB as a whole.
Unsung Hero Award
This award is presented to a student who does not have a formal leadership position within their student organization or athletic team but embodies the mission of their group. They exhibit exceptional dedication, leadership qualities, and spirit that is essential to the group.
Senator of the Year
This award is presented to a student government senator who surpassed their required senator duties in SGA. They provided outstanding service to their respective area and demonstrated steadfast commitment to better the Columbia College Chicago community.
Advisor of the Year
This award is presented to a faculty or staff member who serves as a coach or student organization advisor and has gone above their responsibilities for the support of the group and its members. This advisor has shown immense commitment and enthusiasm for the group, has developed a strong working relationship with the group’s members, serves as a role model, and is attentive to the issues and needs of the group.
Captain of the Year
This award is presented to a student captain who exemplified exceptional commitment, lead their team with integrity, and embodies the Renegades’ spirit. They provided extraordinary contributions to their team beyond what is required for the role.
Student Organization Leader of the Year
This award is presented to a student on a student organization executive board who demonstrated excellent leadership skills and consistently worked to have a positive influence in the organization. They provided remarkable contributions to the organization beyond the duties of their title.