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The “Got Grit” Award recognizes outstanding achievement by an undergraduate, of at least sophomore standing, who has demonstrated progressive and positive growth in their performance and who has exhibited perseverance and passion in pursuit of their education.

Submit a Nomination

Eligibility and Criteria

1. Must be of at least sophomore standing; 

2. must be nominated by a faculty or staff member; 

3. Must demonstrate progressive and positive growth in their performance; 

4. Must exhibit perseverance and passion in pursuit of their education. 

Nominating Procedure

The Assistant Director of Alumni Relations will receive the nominations and forward them to the Awards Committee of the HHD Alumni Society Board. Nominations may be made by faculty and staff. 

The nomination shall consist of:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. Statement by the nominator (faculty/staff member) describing how the student nominee has grown and progressed as a student through perseverance and passion in pursuit of his/her education.

Selection Committee

The recipients of this award shall be selected by the Awards Committee of the College of Health and Human Development Alumni Society Board.

The Award

The recipients shall each receive a monetary award. The recipients will also receive a plaque, which will be presented during the Alumni Society Board's spring board meeting. 


Nominations open October 4, 2021 and close December 10, 2021.

Past Recipients icon-olus-circle
2021 Kiara Smith
2020 Jessica Hess