Calling all students! Apply to the 2017 U of T Cressy Awards

Calling all students! Apply to the 2017 U of T Cressy Awards

WRITTEN BY: Aisalyn Templin (Programming Coordinator with Student Life & Alumni Relations)

Do you consider yourself to be a leader on campus? Do you think you have what it takes to win a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership award?

Student leaders invest in themselves, and they do this by investing time and energy into their community. Have you found your community on campus? Perhaps you felt like you were at home the moment you stepped into residence, or maybe it was in the classroom where you really found people you connected with. Many students have found their community by joining clubs, associations, and student unions (or starting their own!).

Are you in your final year of studies at U of T, and feel that you have contributed significantly to your community on campus? Nominations are now being accepted for the 2017 Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards.

The student experience at the University of Toronto is more than classes and books. It is life on campus, in the community and in the world at large. The Cressy Awards recognize graduating students for outstanding contributions to improving the world around them and inspiring others to do the same.

The Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Awards were established in 1994 by the University of Toronto Alumni Association (UTAA) and the Division of University Advancement in order to recognize students who have made outstanding extra-curricular contributions to their college, faculty or school, or to the university as a whole.

A nominee for the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership award has demonstrated, in the form of any one, or a combination, of the following:

    • Leadership on committees or influence on student or university affairs;
    • Improvement in the quality of life of students;
    • Contributions to the co-curricular experience;
    • Encouragement of fellow students to become involved in extra-curricular activities; and
    • Contribution to the sense of community at U of T.

To be eligible for a 2017 Cressy Award, students must:

  • Be currently enrolled at the University of Toronto in their final year of study, or have completed their studies after June 2016.
  • Never have received a Cressy Award previously during their academic career;
  • Be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-) at the end of the previous academic session prior to the opening of the nomination period. Exceptions to this requirement may be granted only under extraordinary circumstances. Please contact your nomination coordinator for details (a full list of nomination coordinators is available at

Nomination Packages must include:

    • An official  2017 Cressy Award nomination form completed in full;
    • An unofficial transcript or academic record from ROSI indicating a minimum CGPA of 2.7 (B-) at the end of the previous academic session; and
    • An up-to-date curriculum vitae or resume which should be two pages or less and specifically tailored to the Cressy Award application. The resume should enhance the reader’s knowledge of, and validate experiences for which the student is being nominated.

Nomination packages may be submitted either electronically or in print form.

    • Electronic submissions should consist of a single pdf document with no additional attachments and be emailed to the relevant nomination coordinator. Print submissions should be printed only on one side of the page (for scanning purposes), stapled or clipped, and submitted in an envelope addressed to the relevant nomination coordinator.

Nomination packages must be approved by the candidate and submitted to the appropriate Nomination Coordinator no later than November 4th , 2016. Nominations may be made directly to the University-wide Selection Committee until Friday, November 25th, 2016.

2017 Award recipients will be recognized at a celebration in the spring of 2017. Details and RSVP instructions will be posted on the Cressy Website as soon as they are available.

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