Leadership Awards

Leadership Awards is an annual event focused on recognizing students, peers, faculty, and staff for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to Cal Lutheran. Award winners are selected based of of nomination submissions and the Leadership Awards committee. 

Leadership Award Descriptions

Spirit of Gumby Award This award is presented to recognize an individual that exhibits extraordinary school spirit, encourages student participation in activities and athletic events, and/or provides students with knowledge of CLU's heritage, traditions, and history.

Service  Award This award recognizes an individual who is active in Cal Lutheran, the local community, and/or globally. This individual routinely engaged in service and demonstrated a concern for the local and/or global community. The individual’s actions and activities exemplify and support the mission of the university to be committed to service and justice.

InternationalStudentLeaderAwardThis award recognizes a foreign and/or study abroad student whose efforts and involvement have enhanced international education.

Social Justice Advocate Award This award goes to a student who has demonstrated an in depth knowledge of and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and social justice through academic scholarship and active involvement in efforts toward promoting diversity and inclusion on campus.  

Academic and Experiential Learning AwardThis award is given to a student who successfully participated in a learning experience that best exemplifies the experiential learning goals at Cal Lutheran. This learning experience may include, but is not limited to, internships, discipline-­‐related service learning projects, research projects that result in professional journal publications, and/or presentations at professional conferences.

Outstanding Student Organization Award This award is given to an organization that has exceeded the expectations inherent in their stated purpose and function.

This organization contributes their time and talent by way of service to the Cal Lutheran community. (Qualifications: Must be a registered student organization with all requirements fulfilled and current).

Peer Advisor of the Year Award This award recognizes a peer advisor based on their commitment and devotion to mentoring and caring for fellow students. This individual takes time to assist their peers while maintaining academic excellence and lives out the Cal Lutheran mission statement in their role as a Peer Advisor.

Graduate Student Award This award recognizes a graduate student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the areas of leadership and involvement in student and professional activities.

Professionals Student Award This award recognizes a Bachelor’s Degree for Professionals student who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in the areas of leadership and involvement in student and professional activities.

Rising Leader Award (1st year) This award goes to a first-­‐year or transfer student who has shown tremendous growth over the past year. The intent of this recognition is to honor an outstanding first­‐year student who has made a significant impact through their involvement and engagement on campus.

Outstanding Sophomore Award (2nd Year) This award is presented to a sophomore who has made significant and noteworthy contributions to the Cal Lutheran community within their first two years. This student serves as a strong role model for their classmates and displays potential for success in future leadership opportunities.

SuperJuniorAward (3rd Year) This award is given to a student with junior standing who has made significant contributions to Cal Lutheran. This student demonstrates leadership in the classroom through strong academic achievement and involvement. The student also serves as a positive role model for others outside of the classroom and works to influence positive change in the university community.

Living Your Purpose Award (4thYear)— This award recognizes a graduating senior who has achieved academic success and demonstrated outstanding leadership, motivation, and creativity in university and community activities. This student has participated in a variety of campus activities and community-­‐wide service projects. This student has demonstrated character and integrity in their role as a student leader. This student has intentionally demonstrated passion while at Cal Lutheran and is entering a field where they can live their purpose.

Outstanding Advisor Award This award recognizes an outstanding advisor who positively impacts Cal Lutheran students. This person puts students first, and is an advocate for the student voice. The advisor of the year is noticeably enthusiastic, supportive and dedicated towards the students of California Lutheran University.

StellarStaffSupportAwardThis award recognizes an outstanding staff member who goes above and beyond to help out and support students. This staff member provides and encourages a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, while assisting student to find and pursue their passion.

Outstanding Faculty Support Award This award recognizes a faculty member who goes above and beyond to enrich the lives of students. They have made significant contributions to Cal Lutheran in and out of the classroom.

William Rosser Leadership AwardThis award recognizes a student whose contributions has significantly improved the student experience and will be sustained beyond this student’s graduation. This student has outstanding scholarship and has demonstrated service to the campus community. The impact of this student’s involvement should be broad. Finally, this student has demonstrated characteristics similar to past University Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students, William Rosser.

Download Leadership Awards Descriptions (PDF)

Nomination Form


For questions, please contact Andrea Layne alayne@callutheran.edu.