Since the start of the semester the nominations for Trinity’s annual recognition awards have been open for submissions. The National Alumni Board and the Division of Student Affairs will present the awards during the Spring Family Weekend.

“Awards will be given to both individual students and student organizations/groups in recognition of service and leadership to Trinity University and in recognition of service and leadership to the community,” said an email sent to students by Alumni Relations and the Division of Student Life.

The awards began as a way to honor the work of Trinity students and organizations.

“The Division of Student Life Student Leadership Awards started 15 years ago, this year we will celebrate the 15th year of the recognition program, as a way to recognize student leadership on campus,” said Jaime Thompson, director of student involvement.

The awards given by the National Alumni Board are only presented to two seniors who have shown outstanding service to the University and San Antonio at large. The first award for seniors is the TUAA Award for Student Service to the University.

“The Trinity University Alumni Association recognizes a senior each year for outstanding service to the University. This student promotes building lifelong relationships between and among current students, the campus community and alumni by making significant contributions to the Trinity community through their service, initiative, leadership and loyalty to the University,” said the email sent to students.

The second award is the TUAA Award for Student Service to San Antonio. Recipients of both awards will receive a $250 cash prize along with the honor from the University.

“The Trinity University Alumni Association recognizes a senior each year for outstanding service to the San Antonio community. This student promotes building lifelong relationships between the Trinity community and the city of San Antonio through service, a new program or an event that promotes Trinity to the greater San Antonio area,” the email stated.

Nominations for these two awards are due by Friday, Jan. 29, 2015.

The second division of awards is the Student Leadership Awards. Under this category of awards people can nominate either individuals or student organizations. The Division of Student Life gives out these awards.

According to the Trinity University website, “the Division of Student Life’s Student Leadership Awards is an annual recognition program that recognizes students and student organizations/groups for their achievements on campus and in the community.”

Many of the awards are named after people who contributed to the growth of the university through their work and service.

“The Coleen Grissom Award is given to those who demonstrate significant “depth” in a given area of campus/community life. This is reflective of Dr. Grissom’s significant contributions to Trinity’s campus community. As a former vice president and dean of students, her stories and impact on individual students is far-reaching and illustrates her deep commitment to this institution. The Thurman Adkins Award is named after a former Student Affairs staff member who mentored students as the coordinator for student activities, including working with student government and student conduct. The Unsung Hero award represents Adkins’ integrity and calm disposition that underscores the accomplishments of many recipients who often work behind the scenes without recognition,” Thompson said.

Full descriptions of the awards and nomination criteria can be found at Trinity University’s website. Nominations for all of the awards are due to getinvolved@trinity.edu  by Friday, Jan. 29 at 5 p.m.