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Wildcat Impact Awards

About the Wildcat Impact Awards

The Wildcat Impact Awards recognize students and groups who have significantly contributed to improving the quality of student life during the past academic term at Northwestern. These students and groups will have demonstrated Student Affairs values and behaviors to create a more engaged and inclusive campus community.

Each quarter selections have their photo and accomplishments displayed on a banner in the Norris University Center along with an invitation to attend the end of the year Wildcat Excellence Awards.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout the school year with specific deadlines for consideration each quarter.

Click Here to View an Example of a Wildcat Impact Award Nomination


All enrolled NU students and registered student organizations, fraternity & sorority chapters, and sports clubs- undergraduate and graduate; Anyone is welcome to nominate as many students and groups as they wish. For any questions regarding eligibility, please email:


  • Must be in 'good standing' with the University;
  • Have made specific contributions to student life during the past quarter at NU through involvement in campus activities, academic initiatives, student governance, community service, leadership and their pursuits to support and empower their peers
  • Stronger nominations demonstrate an alignment between the nominee's behavior or accomplishment to one of the student affairs value statements.
  • Candidates may be considered for significant one-time contributions or for sustained involvement. The committee evaluates based on performance versus title and encourages leaders who may exhibit excellence behind the scenes as well those whose accomplishments are more widely-known.
  • The committee also looks for individuals and groups who have gone above-and-beyond in their leadership, accomplishments, and character.

Selection Process

The Wildcat Impact Awards Committee will select students/groups each quarter based upon submissions. Recipients will be publicly recognized (campus media, web sites, etc.) and will be invited to a celebration honoring their contributions.

Please provide as much specific detail as possible in your responses.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact the committee via email:

Nomination Form