The Rock Ethics Institute

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Nomination Process

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Who can nominate a student for the Stand Up Award?

Any faculty, staff, student, or community member may nominate a Penn State undergraduate student from any campus for the Stand Up Award. This award honors students who have demonstrated courage, fortitude, and ethical leadership by taking a stand for a person, a cause, or a belief. Successful nominees will be honored at a ceremony on April 23, 2017, during which they will be presented with a $1,000 award.

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The Nomination Process

  1. Nominators must write a confidential letter on behalf of the student. This letter should address  the items listed below. Please be specific and provide relevant details for the Stand Up Award Committee to consider in their review process.
      • How do you know the student?
      • How did you become aware of the student's ethical leadership?
      • What did the student accomplish?
      • What is the ethical issue(s) that the student's actions addressed?
      • How did the student serve as an exemplar of ethical leadership?
  1. A three-part essay written by the nominee, of no more than 750 words, describing what was accomplished, the ethical reasoning that led to this action, and how these actions involved ethical leadership. The nominee can find the editable essay form here.  In order to understand the Rock Ethics Institute's conception of ethical leadership we encourage students to view our Ethical Leadership Education module

What to do with the completed materials

Electronic submissions are preferred.*

Once the letter and essay are complete, submit a online nomination.

Eligibility Requirements

    • The nominee must be enrolled as a full-time baccalaureate student at any Penn State campus during at least one semester of the 2016/17 academic year.
    • The nominee must have demonstrated ethical leadership either at Penn State or in the community.
    • The nominee should have fostered the ethical development of peers.
*Alternative Submission

If you are unable to use the electronic submission, please mail the nomination formstudent essay, and confidential letter to:

Rock Ethics Institute Stand Up Award
The Pennsylvania State University
131 Sparks Building
University Park, PA 16802