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Student Life

Honors and Awards

The Gates Center honors individual student leaders and student organizations at the Student Leadership Awards Ceremony each spring. Honorees are nominated by the campus community and selected by committees made up of faculty, staff and students.

Individual awards include:

The Alpha Sigma Kappa Class of 1938 Memorial Prize  was established in 1993 by members of the Class of 1938 who were members of the Alpha Sigma Kappa fraternity. The prize is given to a senior student who has sustained a 3.4 cumulative GPA, has participated in at least two co-curricular activities on campus, and has exhibited a strong commitment to community service while a student at Lake Forest College for at least the last two years.

The Peter C. Clute Award for Outstanding Character was established to honor the memory of Peter C. Clute, class of 1973, whose “boundless energy and infectious and unceasing enthusiasm brought great happiness to all who knew him.” The fund was established through the generosity of Peter’s friends and classmates. The recipient of the award, selected by Lake Forest College Student Affairs staff in consultation with students, “… shall be that Lake Forest College student whose uniquely positive attitude and whose joy in living inspires and enhances the lives of those around him or her.”

The Elizabeth W. Fischer Prize was established in honor of Elizabeth W. Fischer, advisor to the Class of 1998 and Dean of the College from 1994–2002. The recipient must have attended Lake Forest College for four years, must have attained a minimum GPA of 3.0, and must have excelled in academics and co-curricular activities. He or she may not be a member of Senior 25.

The Edward H. Oppenheimer Memorial Prize Awards are given each year to a senior man and a senior woman who are judged to have contributed the most to the College community. The prize, given by James K. Oppenheimer, Class of 1965, honors his father. It is awarded and announced at the Senior Honors Convocation.

The Tamara Lee Wefler Award  This award was established by the class of 1977 in memory of their classmate Tamara Lee Wefler (1955–1975). The prize is awarded annually to that senior whose independent spirit has encouraged the acceptance of a diversity of values and beliefs within the student body; whose inspiration and enthusiasm have promoted the highest standards of character and integrity in others; and whose actions have consistently demonstrated a sensitivity for and an interest in the welfare of others. It is announced and awarded each spring at the Senior Honors Convocation. This award is conferred by a committee consisting of three Student Government representatives, two Student Affairs representatives, and one faculty member.

The Make A Difference Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated a strong commitment to helping others and to community service. Students nominated for this award should be able to illustrate how they have made a difference on campus and in the community through outreach, education, and service.

The Social Justice Award is presented to a student or a student organization that has shown a concern for underrepresented groups, and has improved the lives of others with regard to social justice issues. Students who endeavor to build upon and advance human relations concerning race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, nationality, gender or any other area related to social justice were nominated for this award. Examples of programmatic efforts and outreach activities, as well as at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA are required for students to be nominated for this award.

The Commitment to Campus Well Being Award recognizes the student who has made the most outstanding contributions to promoting the health and wellness of Lake Forest College students and our campus community. Students who work to increase understanding of the importance of mind, body, and spirit in personal development, educate about and promote healthy lifestyle decisions, raise awareness of or decrease stigma around physical and mental health concerns, provide opportunities to engage in activities that enhance mental and physical well-being, and otherwise contribute to the development of the college as a healthy learning community were nominated for this award.This nominee should have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

The Community Builder Award is awarded to an individual who has made outstanding contributions towards building a strong campus community. This student will have been a positive, motivating role model on campus for other students. They will have worked to link fellow Lake Forest College students more closely with the campus fostering a continuous positive environment of the campus community. This nominee should have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

The Rising Star Award is awarded to the first year student leader who has shown tremendous growth over the past academic year, and is an emerging leader in the Lake Forest College community. The nominee should be an active member of at least one registered student organization, be respected by their peers, and should demonstrate leadership potential at the College. A minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA is required for this nominee.

The Student Leader of the Year Award is presented to a person who through their leadership skills and initiative, has made a significant impact on the Lake Forest College community throughout the past academic year. He/she must have demonstrated examples of outstanding service to others and within the community. Award recipients will be selected based on breadth and depth of involvement and leadership in co-curricular activities, including: membership and leadership of College-sponsored student organizations, service in the community, involvement in professional, academic, and leadership development experiences, and the overall impact on campus life and learning for students. Recipients must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

The Commitment to Student Development Award will be presented to an outstanding faculty or staff member who has fostered an environment of student development throughout the academic year. The recipient will have challenged students to step outside their comfort zone and learn about themselves and the Lake Forest College community through knowledge and understanding. The recipient will have set clear and ambitious standards for students to aspire towards.

Student organization awards include:

The Outstanding Program of the Year Award is presented to an organization or individual who has facilitated an exemplary educational on-campus program.

The Student Organization President of the Year recognizes a student organization president that has had a significant impact on their student organization throughout the past academic year. Nominees will have influenced the development and mentoring of organization members and officers. Award recipients will be selected based on visible examples of ethical leadership, a commitment to the growth of the organization and development of its members and a dedication to helping the organization embody the College’s mission. Recipients must have at least a 2.75 cumulative GPA.

The Advisor of the Year Award is presented to the faculty or staff member who has served as an official advisor to a registered college student organization and has gone above-and-beyond his or her duties to ensure the organization’s success. The successful candidate will have contributed significant time, energy, and resources. This recipient should actively mentor the students within the organization, and be someone to whom the students look for support and direction. Through his/her work with the organization, this nominee should cultivate the leadership of the members.

The Student Organization of the Year Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the Lake Forest College community by a registered student organization. Student organizations will be reviewed on membership, recruitment, programming and service. Organizations who have collaborated with other organizations, academic departments, or offices are prime candidates for this award. Organizations nominated must be registered with the Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth. To be eligible they must have an advisor, a roster and procedural guidelines registered with the Gates Center for Leadership and Personal Growth.