Student Involvement and Leadership

Ubuntu Award

Ubuntu Awards Recipients 2014

The African word “Ubuntu” is translated as “I am because we are” and has become a central theme of the Student Leadership Institute. Student involvement and leadership roles at PLU daily demonstrate the fundamental value of self for others. This award is to honor students as they complete their PLU education.

Nomination Process

A Ubuntu nominating narrative should highlight nominee's activities, accomplishments and positions of leadership, both on campus and in the community. A selection committee will review all nominations. Finally, Vice President of Student Life will confirm those students who will receive the Student Life Ubuntu Award. Please share with us how you feel your nominee stands apart from her/his peer group. Nominations are typically one page in length. Submit your nominations by email as a word document attachment to

Sample of Nomination Letter

2014 Nomination

For 2014 nomination, a form has been provided for those who would like a more standardized approach to the nomination process. A list of eligible students who graduate in December is available here. Nomination letters must be received by Wednesday, October 31, 2012. Nominated students will be honored at a celebration in early December at the Gonyea House.