21st Century Leaders Award - Call for Nominations

The University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks nominations of graduating seniors for the 21st Century Leaders Award. This award recognizes the strong academic record and exemplary achievement of undergraduate students who further distinguished their intellectual accomplishments, and enhanced the reputation of the University by contributing to the campus community in one or more of the following ways:

  • Demonstrating strong leadership qualities, characterized by the ability to unite and inspire others toward positive action
  • Expanding the intellectual climate of their academic area through noteworthy original research
  • Markedly improving the quality of life for others through community service, either internal to the University or beyond the borders of our campus
  • Advancing the teaching mission of the University as an exceptional undergraduate teaching assistant whose efforts continually motivate others to learn
  • Exemplifying perseverance and courage by overcoming extraordinary personal obstacles through resolve and a determination to excel
  • Participating in the demands of public presentations, either by exhibiting a truly inspiring caliber of artistic talent, through creation or performance, or by excelling in the competitive demands of athleticism

The deadline for nominating students for this Award has passed.


Successful nominees will be characterized by their determination to fulfill their academic potential and achieve personal goals.  They will be exemplars within the undergraduate community, having demonstrated intelligence, integrity, discipline, courage, compassion, and a sense of humor.  They will be recognized for this high academic performance, and for the prestige and honor they bring to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, both as undergraduates and as alumni joining the larger community.


Up to ten students will be awarded the 21st Century Leaders Award at the 2020 Commencement Ceremony.  Recipients will receive an award of $1,000 from the UMass Amherst Alumni Association.


If you have questions, please contact the Office of External Relations and University Events, which coordinates this award, at 413-577-1101 or urevents@umass.edu.

Nomination Forms

21st Century Leaders Award Nomination Form

University Relations Conduct Clearance

Personal Statement Form