Academic Affairs

The 54th Annual Outstanding Student Recognition Program and Banquet

Honoring the Top 100 Outstanding students of 2014-2015.

Each year the Butler University Alumni Association takes great pride in acknowledging, through the Outstanding Student Recognition Program, the talent and dedication of Butler students. This program is conducted in the name of more than 45,000 alumni who contribute to the continuing progress of their alma mater.

Since 1961, the program has honored those students who, through campus leadership, community involvement and academic performance are great assets to our University. The students honored each year continue the tradition of dedication and service to Butler. They reflect outstanding character, scholarship, engaged citizenship, leadership, and commitment to fostering diversity.

The Outstanding Student Recognition Program seeks those who give unselfishly of themselves, who are highly regarded by the entire university community, and who, as future alumni, may take satisfaction in their contribution and service to Butler University.

The selection process is administered by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Office of Alumni and Parent Programs. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to nominate qualified full-time, undergraduate, junior or senior class students for this honor. Pharmacy and Physician Assistant students are only eligible in their 3rd and 4th years (P1, P2, PA1 and PA2).

In order to be considered a Top 100 student at Butler University, students may not be on conduct probation during the application process or the announcement for Top 100 and Top 10. Additionally, students who have been found responsible for an academic integrity violation will not be eligible for the award. Top 100 applicants, by virtue of submitting an application, agree to a student conduct check facilitated by the Office of Student Affairs and know they will be excused from consideration should either conduct probation or academic integrity violations exist.

Top 100 Application information sessions have already been held this year. You can view the session presentation online.  

In collaboration with many faculty members and the student body, the 2014-2015 selection process is as follows:

Part I: Nomination

A student must be nominated by a faculty, staff, or fellow student for the 2014-2015 award. Students cannot nominate themselves. Nominations will open in early September, and the deadline for nominations is September 30, 2014.

Part II: Application

After a student is nominated, an email is sent to that student inviting them to complete the online application form. "Top 100 Application 101" sessions are scheduled on Wednesday, October 1, and Thursday, October 2, at 4:00 p.m. in JH 141 to further explain the application process.  Applicants may attend either session.  While attendance at the session is not mandatory, students are encouraged to attend to learn more about the Top 100 process. View the 101 Session Presentation. Students may not view the application form of another student. The deadline for completing the application is 11:59 p.m., October 20, 2014.

Part III: Selection of the Top 100

The Top 100 students are determined by the Top 100 Selection Committee composed of representatives of each of the six colleges, athletics, student affairs, academic affairs, and alumni. Each candidate will be judged against the core values of the program on a numeric scale. At the end of the judging period, all scores will be tabulated, and the Top 100 students will be selected. Those in the Top 100 will be notified by email.

Part IV: Selection of the Top 10 Men and 10 Women

Upon selection to the Top 100, honorees are invited to electronically request a faculty, staff, or other individuals to write a recommendation on their behalf. Students are limited to three recommendations. It is suggested that two recommendations be from a faculty or staff member. Honored students are able to see the names of those who have written recommendations, but do not have access to view the recommendations. The deadline for submitting recommendations is January 30, 2015. Members of the Top 10 Selection Committee are asked not to write recommendations. The recommendations are provided to this committee for review. Only members of this committee are permitted to view the recommendations. This committee determines the Top 10 Men and 10 Women, which are announced during the Outstanding Student Banquet on April 17, 2015. In the event of a tie for the Top 10, the Top 100 ranking will determine final inclusion in the Top 10.

The deadline for Part I is September 30, 2014.
The deadline for Part II is October 20, 2014.
The Top 100 Students are announced at the conclusion of Part III, in early December 2014.
The deadline for Part IV is January 30, 2015.