FAQs

Recognizing students who make outstanding contributions to the campus community.

Awards Applications for 2017-2018 are now CLOSED.


Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I received an award in a previous year, can I apply for the same award this year?

A: No, you can’t apply for the same award if you received it previously.

Q: What do you mean by "current year"?

A: We mean the year you were enrolled in during the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 academic year.

Q: Are Coca-Cola Achievement awards, the SU Award for Excellence, and the Hooper-Munroe Academic Achievement Award considered one of the three awards for which we are allowed to apply?

A: No. You can apply for up to three SU Involvement/Centennial Awards plus the Coca-Cola Achievement awards, the SU Award for Excellence, and the Hooper-Munroe Academic Achievement Award. To apply for these awards, to select "yes" when asked on the form.

Q: Do I need a personal statement for each award I am applying for?

A: You will only submit one statement for all awards you wish to be considered for. We recommend that you tailor your statement to the award that you believe that you are most qualified for but take into consideration the criteria for all awards you apply for.

Q: Should my personal statement/reference letters focus on my number one choice in awards or all of my selections?

A: This is your call! We recommend that you tailor your statement to the award that you believe that you are most qualified for but take into consideration the criteria for all awards you apply for. Your reference letters can reflect this or just speak on your general qualities as an applicant.

Q: Is there a GPA cutoff for awards that consider academic standing?

A: Yes. Our minimum GPA to apply for is 1.8. For the awards that list "Academic Standing is a consideration for this award", your GPA is considered to be important but is not a fixed number. The only award that has a specific GPA cutoff is the Hooper-Munroe Academic Achievement Award.

Q: Do we need to be enrolled at the UofA for the upcoming 2018-19 year to be able to apply? I just completed my degree in the winter 2018 semester.

A: You are eligible to apply if you were enrolled in the Fall 2017/Winter 2018 academic year. The awards recognize achievement from the previous year, so you can still apply if you are graduating in June 2018.

Q: When you say individuals in their graduating year, do I need to be entering my final year or finished my final year?

A: You must be finished or finishing your final year to qualify for awards specifically for individuals in their graduating year. The latest you can convocate is November 2018 to be considered for Centenary Awards.

Q: Are graduate students eligible for Students' Union Involvement/Centenary Awards?

A: No, graduate students are only eligible for the Coca-Cola Student Achievement Award.

Q: Should I submit my reference letter with my application or can my reference submit their letter themselves?

A: Either option is acceptable, as long as the letter is submitted before the deadline. There is a document upload section of your application where you can attach the letter yourself or your reference can submit the letter directly to awards@su.ualberta.ca in PDF format. If your reference chooses to submit the letter, please remind them to include your full name in the application and that it must be submitted prior to the deadline to be accepted.

Q: If both of my references have submitted their letters directly to the awards email, what should I upload in my application?

A: Please upload a PDF document that states "Reference letters were submitted on my behalf by (name of reference)" so that we can most easily connect their submission with yours.

Q: Who should I ask to write a reference letter?

A: Your reference letter should compliment your awards selections and personal statement, but could be anyone who you think can speak to your experience! For example, if you are applying for mainly academic awards, it may be complimentary to include a reference letter from a professor or a teaching assistant but you may also include a reference letter from someone who can speak to your academic dedication in other ways. If you are applying for mostly volunteer awards, having a reference letter from someone in the organization you volunteer with may be complimentary but you could also use a previous employer or professor who can speak to your dedication. We do not require reference letters from specific people unless stated in the awards description.

Q: Are only undergraduates eligible for awards?

A: Undergraduate students are eligible for all awards. Graduate students are only eligible for Coca-Cola Achievement Awards.

Q: I was only enrolled in classes for one semester this year due to work term/co-op/personal reasons. Can I still apply for these awards?

A: If you were enrolled for either Fall 2017 or Winter 2018 semesters, you are eligible to apply for the Students' Union Awards. We only consider GPA from the term you were enrolled in.

Q: I was only enrolled in classes for one semester this year due to work term/co-op/personal reasons. What value do I use for my cumulative GPA and credits total?

A: Input your GPA from the semester you were enrolled and record the total number of credits for the year, including work term credits.

Q: How do I nominate my student group for awards?

A: The nomination form for all student group awards is found at the end of the regular awards application. As you finish your individual award application, select "yes" when it asks if you would like to submit an application for student group awards and you will be able to input your application. You may only submit one application as an individual, so if you are nominating your student group you will need to also submit your personal application at the same time.

Q: What documents do I need to apply?

A: You need a personal statement, a current resume, an unofficial transcript from the 2017-2018 academic year, and 1-2 reference letters.

Q: For the awards that list being a part of an "athletic program", do you need to be involved in on-campus athletics?

A: Involvement in any athletics program (recreational, varsity, etc) whether it is on campus or off campus will be considered unless the award specifies involvement on campus.

Q: Are graduate student groups eligible for Student Group Awards?

A: Although graduate student groups are registered with Student Group Services, they are not considered a Students' Union recognized group and therefore are not eligible for the SU Student Group Awards.

*Q: How do I nominate my student group for awards?

A: At the end of your regular application there is a section for student group nomination. It is important to note that we will only take your most recent application, so please ensure both your regular application and your student group application are submitted at the same time.

Q: The award description for Coca-Cola Achievement Awards seems vague. Is there something specific I should talk about in my application?

A: Coca-Cola Achievement Awards description does not contain many specific conditions to allow for many types of students to apply. It is up to the applicant to interpret the requirements and apply them to their involvement on campus.


If you have any other questions email: awards@su.ualberta.ca

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