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Setter Student Leadership Award Nominations

Student Development and Campus Activities hosts annual Setter Student Leadership Awards Gala. Nominations recognize individuals and organizations for leadership and contributions to the Pace community.

There can be more than one nomination for students, staff, and student organizations. When completing the nomination, you can select more than one award for the nominee. At the discretion of the awards committee, this nomination may be considered for other awards as well. A complete and effective nomination must fully explain why the nominee merits the awards chosen below based on but not limited to qualities and contributions such as: Leadership, Inclusivity, Change-Maker, School Spirit, Advocacy, Character, Dedication, Service, Innovation, Ethics, and Investment within the Pace community.

All available awards are listed below.


Setter Leadership Awards

Legacy Awards

Dean Emanuel Heller Meritorious Service Award, in honor of the Former Dean for Students, is given to the student organization that demonstrates outstanding collective participation in University and community affairs.

Edward J. Mortola Pacesetter Cup, in honor of the third President of Pace University, is presented to the student who exemplifies outstanding leadership qualities as shown by his or her accomplishments in various student activities.

J.S. Schiff Senior Achievement Award, in honor of the Former Provost of Pace University, is presented to a graduating senior who has consistently shown dedication and commitment to the Pace Community as shown by their contributions to various activities throughout their tenure at Pace University.

Dean Marijo Russell O'Grady Outstanding Officer of the Year, in honor of the Dean for Students, is awarded to the student who is committed to the mission of the organization and the university exemplifying consistent ethical decision making while challenging themselves and members of their organization to be purposeful advocates in the positive representation of student needs.

Golden Setter Organization Awards

Advisor of the Year is given to the staff/faculty member who has shown outstanding initiative and inspiration as an advisor to a recognized student organization.

Outstanding Fraternity Member of the Year is given to an individual Fraternity member who exemplifies their chapter’s values and principles as described in their chapter’s ritual. They show outstanding and continued service to the Greek community; strong academics; significant campus and community participation; strong personal character; and serve as a positive role model.

Outstanding Sorority Member of the Year is given to an individual Sorority member who exemplifies their chapter’s values and principles as described in their chapter’s ritual. They show outstanding and continued service to the Greek community; strong academics; significant campus and community participation; strong personal character; and serve as a positive role model.

Outstanding Student Organization Members of the Year recognizes a student who significantly contributed to an organization and enhanced the social, recreational, educational, and/or cultural life of students and the general Pace community.

Outstanding Collaborative Program of the Year is given to the collaborating student organizations and/or University departments who created a social, educational, or cultural program that exemplified teamwork between the organizations and allowed participants to have a meaningful experience outside the classroom.

Outstanding Traditional Program of the Year is given to a recognized student organization for hosting annual events or series that has been in existence for at least 3 years, is unique to Pace and continues to enhance the social, educational and/or cultural life at Pace.

Outstanding Innovative Program of the Year is given to a recognized student organization for the implementation of a new or reimagined program that has shifted the culture by embracing and driving positive change to the social, educational and/or cultural experience at Pace.

Outstanding Greek Organization of the Year is given to the Greek organization and/or council that has significantly enhanced the student experience at Pace University.

New Student Organization of the Year is awarded to the student organization whose efforts have made a significant impact on student life during its first two years of existence.

Organization of the Year is awarded to the student organization that has consistently improved and contributed to the development of the Pace community.

Setting the Pace Awards

Outstanding Social Change Maker is awarded to the individual whose efforts in driving social justice and change to create inclusive spaces, programs, and/or experience has significantly enhanced the Pace community at large.

Outstanding Emerging Leader of the Year is awarded to a freshmen or sophomore in recognition of their outstanding accomplishments and demonstration of student leadership that reflects a strong character and commitment to the Pace community.

Jefferson Awards recognize a student for their dedication to public service and advocacy to improving the quality of life within different communities.

Alumni of the Year is awarded to a Pace University graduate who has consistently come back to support and contribute to Pace’s student community. Student Spirit of the Year is awarded to a student who exemplifies school spirit and pride for Pace University by showcasing what it means to be a Pace Setter.

Indelible Mark Student Award is given to a Pace student who will leave a legacy of outstanding contributions that have significantly and positively influenced the Pace student community.

Indelible Mark Staff Award is given to a Pace Faculty, Staff, or Administrator who will leave a legacy of outstanding contributions that have significantly and positively influenced the Pace student community.

Opportunitas Award is awarded to a student who has gone above and beyond in working to create opportunities for the Pace community.