UAA Leadership Honors

UAA Leadership Honors

Leadership Honors are awarded to individuals upon graduation to recognize and honor their leadership contributions to the University of Alaska Anchorage and Anchorage community while maintaining academic excellence.  Leadership activities and involvement must promote individual and collective growth, demonstrate increased engagement with the community at UAA and beyond, and showcase commitment to citizenship.  Recipients of UAA Leadership Honors are commemorated at the fall or spring Commencement ceremony, bestowed crimson honor cords, and receive a permanent notation in their academic transcript.

Spring 2018 Deadline: Friday, February 23, 2017

Online applications will be available for Spring Graduates as of 12/1/ 2017.

The application will also be available in a paper format in the Student Life and Leadership Office in the Student Union, Room 218. 


Award Eligibility

  • Enrolled in at least three credits at the University of Alaska Anchorage and in good disciplinary standing (at time of application and award).
  • Minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA (at time of application).
  • Applicants must be graduating in the semester they apply.  *If graduating in summer, must apply in the following fall deadline and submit letter of intent to graduate from academic department. You will need to submit a copy of your application for graduation, letter of degree completion with date, or confirmation e-mail. 
  • Completed Application.
  • Demonstrated (on-going) involvement at UAA and/or Anchorage community:
    • Applicant's involvement may include memberships with campus groups, coordinating events on campus, or appointments/elected to a leadership position with an organization, committee, or board. (Note: While leadership experiences in campus student employment may be included, leadership must go beyond regular duties of those paid positions.)
    • Student's involvement must contribute to the improvement of the community, UAA and beyond (i.e. the student identified a need and filled it; took initiative and made a significant difference by their involvement.)

Awarding Process

The Leadership Honors Advisory Committee is appointed by the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and composed of two faculty/staff members and two students who are not applying for the honor.  The Advisory Committee reviews applicants on the merit of their involvement and how it enhanced student life at UAA and the greater Anchorage community. After review, the Advisory committee sends their recommendations to the Vice Chancellor for final approval.

Application Information 

  • Leadership Narrative

    Respond to only THREE of the prompts (out of 6) describing your experiences and understanding of leadership. Answer questions thoroughly. Responses should be no more than one page, typed, double-spaced per question. 

    1. What is your personal definition of leadership? How have you applied this definition to your leadership experiences? 

    2. Describe your most significant UAA leadership experience or challenge. Explain how this experience influenced your understanding of leadershio. 

    3. In what ways have your leadership contributions strengthened the UAA and/or Anchorage community, aided in the creation of a positive environment, or bettered the experience of others? 

    4. How has your participation in leadership experiences prepared you to assume future leadership roles in society? 

    5. How have you influenced others to get involved with the UAA or Anchorage community? What are the most fulfilling and challenging things about leading others? 

    6. What have you learned about yourself while participating in leadership experiences? What have you learned about others? 

  • Leadership Resume 

    Resumes should include dates associated with each experience and describe the following: 

    • Elected or appointed leadership positions and jobs with your areas of responsibilities, accomplishments, and/or skills acquired. 
    • Organizations, committees, or boards for which you hold membership and any details of your work with these groups. 
    • Scholarships, honors, awards or special recognitons. 
  • Letters of Recommendation 
    Three letters of recommendation from current UAA faculty or staff. One of the recommenders may be from outside of the university. It is recommended that each letter highlights different aspects of your leadership experiences. 



For additional information regarding Leadership Honors or the awarding process, contact:
Kim Morton, Interim Associate Director for Student Leadership, 907-786-1371 or email:


Spring 2018: Friday, February 9, 2018 

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