Every year, Student Activities coordinates the nomination and selection of a number of awards that recognize outstanding student organizations and individual leadership. At the Eagle Awards banquet, we recognize those exceptional students, organizations, and advisors.
The Multicultural Center presents three awards honoring those who promote diversity and inclusion within the UNT community:
- Mean Green Unity Individual Award*:
- Honors a student who demonstrates a significant and exceptional commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion within the UNT community.
- Mean Green Unity Organization Award:
- Honors a UNT organization with extraordinary dedication towards enhancing the community as a whole.
- Women Breaking Barriers Award*:
- Honors a woman or femenine identifying student leader who inspires other women to work towards their fullest potential.
The Center for Leadership and Service presents three awards:
- Emerging Student Leader*:
- Honors an outstanding leader who has made a significant impact in their organization.
- Outstanding Student Volunteer*:
- Honors a UNT student who demonstrates exceptional commitment to serving others and whose efforts have made a difference in the community and/or on campus.
- Student Organization Community Service Award:
- Honors a student organization that has demonstrated an organization-wide commitment to service to the community.
Student Activities presents the following awards:
- Advisor of the Year*:
- Honors one UNT faculty or staff members who contributes time and expertise in a volunteer capactiy to a student organization at UNT.
- Golden Eagle:
- The most prestigious award that UNT bestows upon a student leader. Recipients are those who show a tremendous commitment to co-curricular activities and enhancing campus life at UNT by engaging in considerable service and displaying great leadership, all while achieving excellence in the classroom.
- Graduate Student Officer of the Year*:
- Honors an outstanding graduate student leader who made a significant impact in their organization.
- James Carl Matthews Student Organization President of the Year*:
- Honors a president of a registered student organization who has demonstrated a high level of leadership and involvement in their organization.
- New Student Organization of the Year:
- Honors a newly created stduent organization at UNT that has already been responsible for major contributions to the University community or constituent group in the areas of service and leadership.
- Outstanding Academic Achievement* (also recognized at Honors Day):
- Recognizes the exceptional balance of participation in extracurricular involvement with commitment to academics.
- Outstanding Student Organization Event:
- Honors a registered student organization that has developed a program or event that has impacted the University and/or local community.
- Spirited Eagle*:
- Honors one student at UNT that has shown incredible school spirit to the University and Denton communities.
- Student Organization of the Year:
- Honors one registered student organization at UNT that has been responsible for major contributions to the University community or constituent group in the areas of service and leadership.
- Undergraduate Student Officer of the Year*:
- Honors an outstanding undergraduate student officer who made significant impact in their organization.
*Indicates an award that is presented to an individual. All other awards are presented to registered student organizations.
All forms to nominate and apply for Eagle Awards will open Spring 2020.
Golden Eagle Award
In connection to UNT's 125th anniversary celebrated in 2015-2016, the Center for Leadership and Service and Student Activities created the Golden Eagle Award. The Golden Eagle Award is the most prestigious award that UNT bestows on a student leader. Any student who has been a leader in campus life, student organizations, athletics, research, activism, mentorship, etc. and has had a positive and meaningful impact on the UNT community is encouraged to apply for the 4th class of the Golden Eagle. The recipients are those who show a tremendous commitment to co-curricular activities and enhancing campus life at UNT by engaging in considerable service and displaying great leadership, all while achieving excellence in the classroom.
Symbolism for the Award
For centuries, golden eagles have been revered in a number of cultures around the world. They have a flying ability that surpasses all other eagles, symbolizing the highest-regarded leadership ability among student-leaders. They fly with purpose and soar higher and faster than other animal species, symbolizing their drive and far-reaching influence and impact. While many eagles are known for their strong voices, golden eagles have a tendency to be soft-spoken, symbolizing the ability to lead by actions more than words. Finally, the golden eagle has a long life-span, symbolizing the ability to leave a lasting legacy.
Eligibility for Awards
For organizational awards, only student organizations registered with Student Activities are eligible. Registered student organizations and individuals may not win the same award in consecutive years. For individual awards, only current students, staff, and faculty affiliated with registered student organizations are eligible, assuming they meet all individual award criteria, which may include academic and disciplinary standing, GPA, and/or hours at UNT.
With the exception of the Golden Eagle Award, there is no self-nomination for individual awards; people may only be nominated by someone else (e.g., student leader, advisor, staff member). The Golden Eagle Award is only by self-nomination (i.e., application).
Eligibility for the Golden Eagle Award does not require student organization involvement; all student leaders are eligible and encouraged to apply if they meet all award eligibility criteria.
If you have any questions regarding eligibility or selection considerations, contact Student Activities at firstname.lastname@example.org or (940) 565.3807