Student Involvement and Leadership

Student Leadership Recognition

Through the Celebration of Leadership, PLU celebrates students who live lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership, and care while empowering their peers to do the same.  Through the awards listed below, Student Involvement and Leadership encourages faculty, administrators, staff, and students to take time to acknowledge the contributions of student leaders who have excelled academically and made a difference through their leadership and service at PLU and in their communities.

Graduating students are eligible for the Pinnacle Society and the Ubuntu Award. Click here for a list of students who are graduating. Continuing students are eligible for recognition as Leaders of Distinction. 

Please complete the online nomination form by Friday, February 28, 2014. Nominated students who are eligible for awards will be invited to submit a resume. A selection committee will review all nominations and make award recommendations.  Finally, the Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students will confirm the award recipients. Recognized students will be honored at the Celebration of Leadership on May 12, 2014.

Leadership Awards

Pinnacle Society 

This leadership distinction has become synonymous with excellence in leadership, scholarship, service, and community impact throughout a student’s undergraduate experience. At PLU, Pinnacle Society is our highest honor for leadership and co-curricular involvement for students with a 3.5 GPA or higher.  Graduating seniors are nominated by the PLU community. Recipients will be presented with a framed certificate of membership and a commemorative sash, to be worn at commencement. 

The Ubuntu Award

The philosophy of Ubuntu is translated as “I am because we are” and has become a core theme of leadership development programs at PLU. Students eligible for this award have a 3.0 GPA or higher and have demonstrated the fundamental values of leadership and service within our community.  Graduating seniors are nominated by the PLU community. Recipients will be presented with a pin to be worn at commencement.

Leader of Distinction Award

The Leader of Distinction award recognizes students with a 2.75 GPA or higher who have demonstrated leadership skills through their affiliation with a student organization or university department. Continuing students are nominated by the PLU community. Recipients will be presented with a certificate during the Celebration of Leadership. This award is for current PLU students. 

Leadership Honor Society

Mortar Board National Honor Society

Membership in PLU's chapter of Mortar Board recognizes juniors with a 3.5 GPA or higher who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service. Students are inducted into the honor society the spring of their junior year and serve as active members throughout their senior year. Eligible students are invited to submit an application. Recipients will be recognized during the Celebration of Leadership.