Student Leadership Awards

Students participating in a leadership program share a group hug. Students can nominate their peers for student leadership awards.

The Student Leadership Awards celebrate the accomplishments of students, faculty, and staff leaders on the Homewood campus.

You can nominate undergraduate students, faculty, staff, and/or nominate yourself for awards. You can also nominate students for induction into Omicron Delta Kappa, a national leadership honor society. Various offices on the Homewood Campus offer leadership awards. Below you’ll find descriptions of awards from each area.

Please check back for information on this year’s Student Leadership Awards ceremony.

Student Leadership Award Descriptions

Center for Social Concern Leadership Awards

Center for Social Concern Leadership Awards

  • The Unsung Hero Award. An award for individuals who show quiet dedication and determination. As a result, their efforts have profound impacts on their program or project.
  • The Baltimore Award. A recognition for outstanding, significant, and long-lasting contributions to the City of Baltimore and its citizens.
  • Civic Leader Award. Awarded to a campus leader whose dedication to voter education, civic learning, and/or issue-based advocacy has led to positive social change on or off-campus

Dean of Student Life Leadership Awards

Dean of Student Life Leadership Awards

  • The David G. Sandberg Award for Campus Leadership. An award established in 1991 in honor of David G. Sandberg, a member of the Class of 1972. This distinction is presented to an outstanding Junior who has demonstrated dedication to a variety of co-curricular organizations.
  • The Dean of Student Life Achievement Awards. A recognition established in 2003 for undergraduate students who have made significant contributions to the Hopkins community. These contributions are sustained efforts that demonstrate outstanding leadership and service to Hopkins and the surrounding community.
  • The Alexander K. Barton Cup. A member of the Senior Class receives Hopkins’s oldest undergraduate award each year. This student serves the interests and ideals of the University and exemplifies the qualities of Alexander K. Barton (1914). This student has won the respect and affection of their peers.
  • The Belle and Herman Hammerman Award. An honor established by Belle G. Hammerman in memory of her son, Judge Robert I. H. Hammerman of the Class of 1950. A graduating Senior who is entering law school. The awardee demonstrates academic excellence and outstanding leadership.
  • The Christopher J. Pinto Memorial Award. An award established by the alumni of the 1984 Class of Tau Epsilon Phi Fraternity and friends of the Pinto family. It recognizes a senior who reflects the academic abilities, leadership, and strong moral character of Chris Pinto.
  • Christopher B. Elser Prizes. For a junior or senior who has a record of active participation and leadership in campus life and campus activities; demonstrates active participation and commitment to community service; and a demonstrated passion for athletics and recreation.

Office of Multicultural Affairs Leadership Awards

Office of Multicultural Affairs Leadership Awards

  • The Exemplary Leadership Award
    Recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student who has created an impact and/or transformed the JHU community through their leadership and vision. By making a commitment to creating an inclusive climate for those from marginalized backgrounds, this awardee has exemplified courage, perseverance, and solidarity.
  • The Chester Wickwire Diversity Award
    Recognizes an undergraduate or graduate student who promotes multicultural understanding, cultural diversity, and harmony at JHU and/or its surrounding Baltimore communities through intentional community building.
  • The Owens-Hall-Bilgrave Award
    This award is named for three former African-American administrators who were strong advocates for the full participation of students of color in campus leadership. Therefore, the recipient is committed to cultural diversity and education as demonstrated by ongoing mentorship and support of students of color.
  • JHU Multicultural Affairs, Student Organization of the Year
    This award is given to a student organization that has exemplified true leadership around the work of diversity, equity, and inclusion. They are providing support through creating a sense of community and belonging for their members, while embodying the spirit of education, advocacy, and solidarity to the larger JHU community.
  • Friend of Multicultural Affairs Award
    This award is given to a staff or faculty member that has been influential in supporting the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The nominee would be a member of the JHU community that continuously advocates for students, supports advocacy/allyship, and goes above and beyond in their support for the JHU community.

Senior Class Council Awards

Senior Class Council Leadership Awards

  • The Gilman Cup. An honor given to a staff member who contributes to student life outside the classroom.
  • The Gold Cup. A recognition for a faculty member who enhances the undergraduate experience of the Senior Class.
  • The Old Gold and Sable Award. An honor for a retiring faculty or staff member who has a profound impact on students’ lives.
  • The Homewood Cup. An award for a staff member who goes above and beyond to assist students.
  • The Homewood Award. A distinction for a student organization who has the greatest positive impact on campus.

Student Government Association (SGA) Leadership Awards

Student Government Association Leadership Awards

  • The Emerging Leaders Award for Undergraduates: A recognition of an undergraduate student who makes new and significant contributions to student life.
  • Blue Jay Award: A recognition of an undergraduate student graduating in 2021 (senior) who enhanced campus community and demonstrated a commitment to Johns Hopkins University’s values.
  • Spirit Award: A recognition of an undergraduate student graduating in 2022 (junior) who enhanced campus community and demonstrated a commitment to Johns Hopkins University’s values.
  • Heritage Award: A recognition of an undergraduate student graduating in 2023 (sophomore) who enhanced campus community and demonstrated a commitment to Johns Hopkins University’s values.
  • Pride Award: A recognition of an undergraduate student graduating in 2024 (freshman) who enhanced campus community and demonstrated a commitment to Johns Hopkins University’s values.
  • The Homewood Award. A distinction for a student organization that has the greatest positive impact on campus.
  • The Dunn Family Award: An award named after three generations of Hopkins alumni: Wendell E. Dunn, Class of 1921; Wendell E. Dunn, Jr., B.E., Class of 1943; Thomas B. Dunn, B.S., Class of 1946; and Wendell E. Dunn III, B.A., Class of 1966. The Student Government Association Senate grants this honor to a faculty or staff member because of their positive impact on students outside of the classroom.
  • The George E. Owen Teaching Award: An award for outstanding teaching and devotion to undergraduate students.

Leadership, Engagement and Experiential Development (LEED) Awards

LEED Leadership Awards

  • The Outstanding Advisor Award. An honor, given to a student organization advisor who shows dedication to their group’s goals. Moreover, this person successfully supports the organization through significant growth or trial.
  • The Outstanding Student Program Award. A recognition presented to the Homewood student organization whose creative and unique program or event sets the standard for quality programming at JHU for the year.
  • The Old Gold and Sable Award. An honor for a retiring faculty or staff member who has a profound impact on students’ lives. Organization maybe
  • The Staff Excellence for Leadership and Service Award. Recognition for a member of the Homewood staff who demonstrates a commitment to helping students.
  • The William J. Friday Award. Recognition for a graduating senior who has demonstrated an overall special contribution to Hopkins in the areas of leadership and service through participation in campus activities.

Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society Nominations

ODK Leadership Honor Society Nominations

ODK is one the nation’s oldest and most prestigious national honor societies. Strong candidates for induction rank in the top 35% of their class. These students are also involved in a variety of ways on campus. Nominations are accepted at the beginning of each academic year.