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Top 100 Outstanding Students Program

The 58th Annual Outstanding Student Recognition Program and Banquet

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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 46,000 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. Students in programs that extend beyond 4 years are only eligible in their 3rd and 4th years.

In order to be considered a Top 100 student at Butler University, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher and may not be on conduct probation during the application process or the announcement for Top 100 and Top 15. 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.

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

Part I: Nomination

A student must be nominated by a faculty, staff, or fellow student for the award. Students cannot nominate themselves. Nominations open early in the fall semester.

Part II: Application

After a student is nominated, an email is sent to that student inviting them to complete the online application form. Students may not view the application form of another student. Application 101 Sessions will be offered on October 17 at 4:00 PM in GH105 and on October 30 at 4:00 PM in PB204. Information from those sessions will be shared with all nominees via email.

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 15 Students

Upon selection to the Top 100, honorees are invited to electronically request 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. Members of the Top 15 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 15 Most Outstanding students, who are announced during the Outstanding Student Banquet in April. In the event of a tie for the Top 15, the Top 100 scores will determine final inclusion in the Top 15.

Program Deadlines for 2018-2019:

The deadline for Part I is October 28.
The deadline for Part II is November 4.
The Top 100 Students are announced at the conclusion of Part III, in mid-December.
The deadline for Part IV is February 3.