If chosen, a nominee’s accomplishments will be noted and their photographs published in USA TODAY in February, and they each will receive a trophy and $2,500 cash. (Forty more students will be named to the Second and Third Teams. Their names will be announced in the paper, and they will receive certificates).
Students are nominated by their institution for this recognition and will submit an application including an essay, information, and letters of recommendation for internal review. If interested in being nominated, please contact the faculty representative.
Generally, early January. Check program website for details.
Strong applicants will be students who can be held up as representatives of all outstanding undergraduates in the country. Judges consider not only grades, honors and leadership, but also how nominees apply their intellectual skills outside the classroom and how that may benefit society.