Lead Blue: Student Organizations Celebration

The Office of Student Organizations and Activities continues the campus tradition of awarding and recognizing individual students and student organizations by creating the Lead Blue: Student Organizations Celebration and Award Ceremony.

The Lead Blue Awards recognize the successes and accomplishments of student leaders, student organizations, and advisors. For questions, contact Student Organizations at studentorgs@uky.edu.

Check back in the spring for applications.

2021-2022 Lead Blue Awards

Student Organizations Awards:

New Student Organization of the Year

This award recognizes the efforts of a newly registered student organization that has been registered for only 1-2 years (was registered for the first time during the 2019-2020 or 2020-2021 academic years). Organizations will have made a positive contribution to the campus community and its membership in their first 1-2 years on campus. This organization must show potential in the areas of community engagement, collaboration, diversity, and leadership development.

Organization of the Year

This award recognizes the efforts of a registered student organization that has been registered for more than 2 years (has been registered since the 2018-2019 academic year). Organizations will have made a positive contribution to the campus community and its membership. This organization must demonstrate excellence in the areas of community engagement, collaboration, diversity, and leadership development.

Collaboration Award

This award recognizes the efforts of two or more student groups or organizations that worked together on a specific program/event/project.  Applications will also be accepted for student groups that worked together with University Departments on a specific program/event/project.  The achievement should be a unique action that has not benefited the welfare of the organizations, fulfilled any national affiliation, or led to any monetary gain. The achievement should not have been related to a recruiting or competitive event.

Program of the Year Award

Over 50 Members:
This award has been created to recognize an outstanding student-led program that has occurred during spring 2020 – fall 2021, either virtually or in-person and was coordinated by a student group or organization with greater than 50 members that has had a unique impact on the university community. Programs are events and activities created by students for students that occurred one time or over a period of time.

Under 50 Members: This award has been created to recognize an outstanding program that has occurred during spring 2020 – fall 2021, either virtually or in-person and was coordinated by a student group or organization with fewer than 50 members that has had a unique impact on the university community. Programs are events and activities created by students for students that occurred one time or over a period of time.

Diversity and Inclusion Award

The Diversity & Inclusion Award is presented to a student organization that demonstrates an active commitment to issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. The organization has demonstrated this active commitment through its programming and initiatives. The program or initiatives will have a focus on developing understanding, tolerance, and acceptance.

Civic Engagement Award

Service-Based: This award honors the exceptional commitment and service to the community by a student group or organization whose mission is dedicated to service.  Nominees should demonstrate a high level of achievement in one or more areas, such as the fulfillment of its organization's purpose, membership involvement, organization development, active participation in UK campus activities, and community service or philanthropy.

Non-Service Based: This award honors the exceptional commitment and service to the community by a student group or organization whose mission is not dedicated to service.  Nominees should demonstrate a high level of achievement in one or more areas, such as membership involvement, organization development, active participation in UK campus activities, and community service or philanthropy.

Individual Student Leadership Awards:

Diversity and Inclusion


The Diversity & Inclusion Award is presented to a student that demonstrates an active commitment to issues of diversity, inclusion, and social justice. This award is presented to a student leader who has made a positive contribution to the University by working to improve diversity and intercultural understanding among students on campus. Students cannot nominate themselves for this award.



Student Organization Advisor of the Year Award

This award recognizes a student organization advisor for the exemplary service and commitment of working with and advising a registered student organization. Nominees should demonstrate a high level of achievement in one or more of the areas: encouraging involvement in University activities, working with the group toward common goals, encourage collaboration with other groups, faculty, staff, and campus departments, commitment to the development of responsible, informed, and productive members of the University community, and/or assist students with programs, meetings, and events that are consistent with the organization’s mission and purpose.

*Nominees must be listed as an advisor within their BBNvolved registration to be considered for this award*



Student Organization Member of the Year Award

This award recognizes an outstanding member of a registered student organization who has made a significant impact on their student organization, while not serving directly in a leadership position.  Nominees should demonstrate a high level of achievement in one or more of the areas: commitment to the organization's mission and goals, commitment to the continued growth of the organization, dedication to community building among members, and contributions to the campus community.



Student Organization Officer of the Year Award

This award recognizes an outstanding officer of a registered student organization who has made a significant impact on their student organization while serving in a leadership role.  Nominees should demonstrate a high level of achievement in one or more of the areas: commitment to the organization's mission and goals, commitment to the continued growth of the organization, dedication to leadership and development of members, and contributions to the campus community.



Emerging Leader of the Year Award (freshmen or sophomore only)

This award recognizes a freshman or sophomore student who has made a significant impact on the UK community, and who demonstrates the potential for continued service and leadership at the University of Kentucky.  Nominees should demonstrate a high level of achievement in one or more areas, such as membership involvement, leadership, organization development, active participation in UK campus activities, and community service or philanthropy.

Leadership Legacy Award (junior or senior only)

This award recognizes a junior, senior, graduate, or professional student whose leadership and involvement experiences have made a lasting impact on the University of Kentucky community, and who demonstrates outstanding character and commitment to developing future leaders.  Nominees should demonstrate a high level of achievement in one or more areas, such as membership involvement, leadership, organization development, active participation in UK campus activities, and community service or philanthropy.