Robert J. Courtney Student Leadership Award

Award Information

The South Dakota Higher Education Association (SDHEA) takes pride in developing tomorrow’s leaders.  To honor of one of our own leaders in campus life, the Robert J. Courtney Student Leadership Award was established.  Bob enjoyed a career in student affairs that spanned over 31 years; he was a member of SDHEA (formerly known as SDCPA) for 25 of those years.  This award recognizes one student annually who demonstrates leadership excellence within their institution and community. We are now accepting nominations for the 2020 recipient of the Robert J. Courtney Student Leadership Award. The deadline for submission is January 17th, 2020 at 5:00 PM. For questions, please contact us at [email protected].


The following criteria must be met for eligible candidates:

1. Candidates must be a full-time student currently enrolled in a South Dakota post-secondary institution.
2. Candidates must demonstrate significant contributions to student life through volunteer student representation, campus and/or committee involvement, student organization leadership, residence hall leadership or athletic leadership and/or participation.
3. Candidates must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 at the time of nomination (academic performance/achievement will be considered as part of the criteria for this award).  
4. Candidates are eligible to receive this award only once. 

Please respond to each of the following prompts regarding the nominee in 150 words or less foe each prompt on a Word or PDF document. Once completed, please use the file upload field below, Letter of Recommendation, to upload the completed document.

1. How has this person shown outstanding leadership at their educational institution?
2. How has this person exhibited outstanding leadership within their area of responsibility?
3. What, if any, sidnificant contributions has this person made to the student affairs profession?

1. Nominations for this award will be solicited from all post-secondary institutions in South Dakota.
2. Selection of the award recipient will be determined by a committee of at least three SDHEA members.
3. The award will be presented at the 2020 SDHEA Annual Conference in Sioux Falls, SD.

Nominee Information

Nominator Information

Nomination Instructions

Supporting Documents