Student Awards

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Senior Awards

Thank you for taking the time to apply for or nominate a student for one of the Rensselaer senior awards. These awards celebrate some of our most deserving students for the contributions they have made to the Rensselaer community through their academic, athletic, and service endeavors. Our community is better as a result of their time at Rensselaer and these awards are a way of showing them our appreciation.

Below you will find a brief description of the awards. Self-nominations and referral applications are encouraged. All nominations must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. EST on March 9, 2020, for full consideration.

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Willie Stanton Award (1981)

William P. Stanton '72 (hon.) served the academic and social needs of Rensselaer students for over 45 years as a dishwasher and cook. This award is presented annually to the senior who is judged to have contributed the most service to the student body.

The selection committee consists of:

  • Vice President for Student Life
  • Dean of Students
  • Director of the Rensselaer Union
Livingston W. Houston Citizenship Award (1964)

Established by Clay P. Bedford, the prize is given in memory of Livingston Waddell Houston, 11th president of Rensselaer. It is awarded at Commencement to a student who, in the opinion of a committee is considered the "First Citizen of the College." The recipient must rank high in character, leadership, scholarship, and athletic ability. Should no student qualify for the prize in any one year, the funds available for the prize may be used for related purposes as determined by the Board of Trustees. 

The selection committee consists of:

  • President of the University
  • Provost
  • Dean of Students
  • Director of Athletics
  • Director of the Student Union
Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson CLASS Award (2013)

The Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson CLASS (Clustered Learning, Advocacy, and Support for Students) Award recognizes a graduating senior who as a leader exemplifies the ability to solve complex challenges through intellectual agility, multicultural sophistication, and a global view. The student must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, possess an excellent academic record, and have created a positive impact on the community.

The recipient of the award is determined by the Vice President for Student Life.

Shakuntala Devi and Krishna Deva Malaviya Public Service Award (2018)

Established by Rensselaer Professor Bimal K. Malaviya and his siblings in honor of their parents, the award recognizes a graduating student who best exemplifies sustained excellence and selflessness in the service to others during their academic career.

The recipient of the award is determined by the Vice President for Student Life.

Paul B. Zuber Endowed Fund Award (1989) 

The award recognizes the leadership and academic merit of underrepresented graduate or undergraduate students enrolled at Rensselaer. This award is given to one Black, Latinx, Native American (or multi-racial) graduating senior and one continuing student who has exhibited service and leadership to the Institute and their community while maintaining outstanding academic performance.