This program exists to recognize outstanding students for their commitment to learning, demonstration of excellence in their discipline or program, creative approaches to assignments, and other qualities. Selection is based on perseverance, innovative thinking, and professionalism both in and outside the classroom—not primarily on academic status. Students are nominated by faculty. Nominating faculty are strongly encouraged to participate in the awards ceremony, which will be held in April at the Nampa Campus Academic Building (NCAB).
Please note that dual-credit students cannot be nominated at this time. Also note that faculty may not nominate more than five students per academic year.
Recipients are selected based on four main criteria, each ranked on a scale of 1 - 3 by the Emerging Scholars committee: academic commitment, innovation,professional practice, and the demonstration of exceptional promise. Below, please find details about each of these criteria and share specific ways in which the nominee exemplifies any of them. Think of times the student went above and beyond—the committee is looking for stories, examples, and details.
The most successful applications are those that identify specific, concrete instances of excellence. Help us understand what made this student stand out to you. Was it approaching an assignment in a way you’d never seen before? Applying material learned in your class to life outside the classroom, such as a job or volunteer opportunity? Was it in-class behavior like mentoring another student or providing some other type of leadership? General comments on things like timeliness or politeness are far less helpful than stories about specific assignments, days, or even moments that impressed you. Since each criterion is ranked separately on a scale of 1-3, include such details in all categories if you can.
You are welcome to include short excerpts of student work in your responses; just be aware of the word counts. Also, you are welcome to talk with students about how to best present their nomination. However, the nominations must be written and submitted by faculty themselves. Faculty can nominate up to 5 students. Submissions due by April 1, 2024.