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student award recipients with president Boren

Leadership Development and Volunteerism coordinates two annual recognition ceremonies, the Outstanding Senior Ceremony each fall and the Campus Awards Program each spring. The department also coordinates the selection process of several individual student awards each semester. The Outstanding Senior Awards Program will be held on the afternoon of Friday, November 7, 2015. The spring Campus Awards Program for 2015 will be held on the afternoon of Friday, April 17.

Fall Semester Awards

Fall award applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, September 26 and are available below:

The Fern L. Holland Award Presented each Spring

photo of Fern

The Fern L. Holland Award is a $1,000 cash award sponsored by Student Affairs and Delta Gamma Fraternity recognizing a full-time collegiate woman bearing the same spirit of Fern Holland, a desire to make a significant difference in the world around us in areas such as democracy, human rights, women's issues or leadership.

Find out more about Fern and past recipients of this honor

Video clip of an interview with Fern while working in Iraq

Sooner Magazine (Summer 2004) excerpt:
From Oklahoma to Europe to Africa and finally to Iraq. OU graduate Fern Holland vigorously pursued the cause of human rights until terrorists' bullets ended her life at the age of 33. Forsaking the material rewards from a promising private legal career, she chose to use her talent and training far from home through the Peace Corps and the American Refugee Committee. In Iraq she investigated the atrocities of the Saddam Hussein regime and helped coalesce the country's women's rights movement. Little wonder that at OU she was nicknamed "Fearless Fern."

Spring Semester Awards

The spring award applications will be available in December 2014.

  • The President's Award for Outstanding Freshmen
  • The President's Award for Outstanding Sophomores
  • The President's Award for Outstanding Transfer Students
  • Junior Awards:
    Big Man on Campus & Big Woman on Campus
    Melvin C. Hall Award/Scholarship
    The Regents' Award for Outstanding Juniors
    PE-ET - Top 10 Senior Honor Society (selected during Jr year)
  • Senior Awards:
    Letzeiser Honor List and Medalists
    Big Man on Campus & Big Woman on Campus

  • Molly Shi Boren Volunteer Award - nomination process
  • Fern Holland Award - nomination process