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Wilson Award and Distinguished
Service Award nominees now being accepted
Feb. 10, 2009 --
Applications are now being accepted for the 2009
R. E. Lee Wilson Citizenship Award and Distinguished Service Awards at
Arkansas State University.
The awards are ASU's highest student honors, with the presentation
ceremony taking place during Convocation of Scholars week in April.
Application deadline is Friday, Feb. 20, at 5 p.m.
ASU senior this academic year (August 2008, December 2008, or May 2009)
is eligible to apply. The Wilson Award is
presented annually to the university's outstanding graduating senior at
the Student Honors ceremony. This year's ceremony will be held on
Monday, April 13. The recipient is selected on the basis of character,
determination, involvement, and academic achievement. The honor is
conferred in memory of R. E. Lee Wilson, a member of the Arkansas State
University Board of Trustees from 1917 until his death in 1933.
Traditionally, a member of the Wilson family is present at the Student
Honors event to bestow the award.
Presentation of the Wilson Award began in
1934. Until 1980, the honor was presented to each year's outstanding
male and female graduating senior. Beginning in 1981, the university
began presenting the award to only one student each year.
Because so many students are noteworthy for their involvement and
service, the university now also presents several Distinguished Service
Awards. The Wilson Award winner is selected from the Distinguished
Service Award recipients. The selection committee consists of three ASU
faculty, three ASU staff members, three ASU students, and three former
Wilson Award winners.
The committee considers participation and leadership in
student organizations and their balance with scholastic achievement when
choosing the recipient of the awards. Participation and leadership in
organizations and activities of campus significance are considered more
than those of a general nature.
Award recipients have formed a Wilson Fellows Chapter of the ASU Alumni
Association and have created a scholarship program for future
recipients. The Wilson Award winner will receive a scholarship from the
chapter to be used for post-graduate education.
Nomination forms are available online at ASU's
of Scholars Web site at
and nomination forms may also be obtained in the offices of all ASU
college deans, the office of the vice chancellor for Student Affairs in
the ASU Administration Building, the office of the vice president for
University Advancement in the Cooper Alumni Center, and the Leadership
Center in the Student Union.
Completed packets should be mailed to Distinguished Service Awards,
Cooper Alumni Center, P.O. Box 1990, State University, AR 72467. For
those wishing to drop off their applications in person, the Cooper
Alumni Center is located just north of the ASU Convocation Center, with
office hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Incomplete or late packets will not
For more information, frequently asked questions,
and a nomination form, please visit