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Student Leadership Awards

Group photo of Leadership Award winners with President Mary Grant

Each spring, the Student Engagement office recognizes students who have made a difference on campus. There are nine awards given out each year; submissions come from MassArt students, faculty and staff. The Student Leadership Awards Ceremony is always a highlight of the spring semester!

Nominations for the 2023-2024 Student Leadership Awards will be opened on Monday, February 26, 2023.  Award descriptions and nomination forms are below.


Community Involvement Awards
Awarded to students who are deeply involved in the MassArt community, who go above and beyond in their participation in and coordination of campus activities, and who motive and involve others with strong leadership skills. The Service Awards are voted on by the student body. Recipients must be in good academic and judicial standing.

Emerging Leader Award
Awarded to a student newly serving as a leader who has demonstrated initiative, motivation, positivity, school-pride, and potential for continued leadership and community impact at MassArt.

Unsung Hero Award
Awarded to a student who has positively influenced a program or organization from behind the scenes with a positive attitude, willingness to help in whatever capacity necessary, and a commitment to excellence.

Excellence in Equity and Inclusion Award
Awarded to a student who has displayed exceptional leadership in fostering inclusion, equity and social justice both within and outside of the classroom at MassArt. 

Student Organization of The Year Award
Awarded to an SGA recognized organization that has provided significant contributions to the MassArt community and furthered its mission through meetings, programs, and the leadership of the members.

Leader of The Year Award
Awarded to a student who has demonstrated qualities of outstanding leadership and membership, such as dependability, trustworthiness, positivity, school-pride, time-management, mentorship, and more.

Continuous Service Award
Awarded to a student who has supported and served MassArt for many years in multiple capacities. Recipients are dedicated to enriching the campus environment and creating community on campus while maintaining a healthy balance with their development as an artist.

2022-2023 Award winners

Community Involvement Awards
- Nikki Whatley
- Charlie De Koster
- Gayle Kincaid, Kaia McLaughlin, and Spencer Baldwin (for their work together on the Migration Governance Committee)

Emerging Leader Award
- Megan Remington

Unsung Hero Awards
- Hadley O'Connor
- Robbie Denny

Excellence in Equity and Inclusion Award
- Sabrine Daunch

Student Organization of the Year
- Zine Scene

Leader of the Year
- Heily Rivas

Continuous Service Award
- John Intoppa