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Outstanding Student Recognition Program

The 60th Annual Outstanding Student Recognition Program and Banquet

Access the online system to complete your application. 

View the 2019-2020 honorees.

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 50,000 alumni who contribute to the continuing progress of their alma mater.

Since 1961, the program has honored those students who who give unselfishly of themselves, who are highly regarded by members of  the University community, and who, as future alumni, may take satisfaction in their contribution and service to Butler University. The program evaluations are based on three primary pillars: Academic Achievement, Student Success, and Investment.  

Attributes of honorees may be demonstrated by but are not limited to, to following examples:

Academic Achievement

  • Exceptional Classroom Performance
  • Lead role(s) in performances or productions
  • Significant contributions to research
  • Seeking out hands-on experiences to apply classroom knowledge

Student Success

  • One who has demonstrated growth during their personal journey at Butler
  • ​​One who has demonstrated initiative, seeking out and taking opportunities
  • One who has overcome obstacles/adversity
  • One who went against the “current” and made their own story instead of following the “norm”


  • Demonstrated leadership, which can include lead position/role in athletics or a performance production, oversight of a student or community project or organization
  • Worked toward the betterment of someone/something other than themselves
  • Active citizen
  • Leaves involvement with an organization better than when they began
  • Mentor, Tutor, Community Builder

The selection process is administered by the  Office of Alumni and Relations and Engagement. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate eligible full-time, undergraduate students in the fall of their graduating year. Students who have applied to graduate in December, May, or August of the program year are eligible for inclusion. Students participating in the six-year Doctor of Pharmacy program will be eligible in their traditional, fourth year on campus.

In order to be considered for the honor, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, be in good standing with their academic college, and may not be on conduct probation during the application process or the announcement of the Most Oustanding Students. Additionally, students who have been found responsible for an academic integrity violation will not be eligible for the award. 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.

The selection process is as follows:

Part I: Nomination

A student must be nominated by a faculty or staff member for the award. Nominations include a written submission (200-400 words) about the candidate. Students cannot nominate themselves or other students. Nominations open 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. Nominees are encouraged to watch the online information session about the online process. Questions may be submitted at any time to Optional virtual office hours will also be available on Nov. 10 from 5:00-6:00 PM ET and Dec. 11 from Noon-1:00 PM ET. 

Part III: Selection of the Most Oustanding

The Most Outstanding students are determined by a 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. Those selected as the Most Outstanding will be notified by email.

Part IV: Outstanding Student Banquet

Those students selected as the Most Outstanding will be recognized at the Outstanding Student Banquet in April (tentative for 2021). Each honoree will have the opportunity to provide a guest list of individuals who will be invited to the event. Each of the Most Outstanding Students will be recognized at the banquet, and students will have the option of providing additional biographical information to be included in the recognition process.  

Program Deadlines for 2020-2021:

The deadline for Part I is extended to November 30.
The deadline for Part II is December 14.
The Most Oustanding Students are announced in mid-March.
Details for the Outstanding Student Banquet or a virtual recognition will be determined in 2021.