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Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards

Kevin D. Knight was a Northern Illinois university (NIU) alumnus who embodied what it means to be a student leader. He was an exemplary leader, serving NIU as a catalyst for positive change and as a role model for up-and-coming student leaders to follow. Kevin used his time at NIU well, dedicating himself to the betterment of campus life for all students. He worked hard in various leadership positions while receiving numerous awards and recognition for his work. 

Kevin seemed to feel that his greatest accomplishment was to encourage his friends and peers to serve their university and the community. It is in the hearts of the students who knew him that his memory and his efforts carry on. For this purpose, the Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards and Awards Ceremony honor one of NIU’s great student leaders. Let us remember this model student leader by carrying the torch of exemplary leadership and working for a better NIU.

The purpose of the Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards is to recognize the leadership contributions of NIU students to the NIU and DeKalb community. The Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Student Involvement & Leadership Development, Orientation & Family Connections, Career Services, and the University Women's Club would like to identify students who have been intentional about their leadership development. The students who are recognized each year are purposeful about finding opportunities to clarify their values, set an example for others, envision the future, take risks, foster collaboration, and recognize the contributions made by their peers. The Kevin D. Knight Leadership Awards Ceremony will take place on Sunday, April 30, 2017. All award applications are due on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11:45 p.m.

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Below is additional information and application/nomination links to the 2016-2017 awards. Please be aware that all nominations and applications are due on Monday, February 13, 2017 at 11:45 p.m. - no exceptions!


 Freshman Leadership Award

 Sophomore Leadership Award

 Junior Leadership Award

 Senior Leadership Award 

 Graduate Leadership Award

 Outstanding Student Organization Award

 Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award

 Institutional Tuition Waiver

 Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges

 Parents' Association Endowed Scholarship

 Applauding Excellence in Student Career Success Award

 NIU Women's Club Volunteerism Award

You can also watch the Kevin D. Knight Student Spotlight video that was featured during the 2015 ceremony!

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Student Involvement & Leadership Development
Campus Life Building 150
DeKalb, IL 60115



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