Awards Information

Awards Information

The Royal Flame Awards is the annual recognition ceremony that honors the many contributions of students and campus organizations to the university. A variety of awards are presented during the ceremony that acknowledges chartered student organizations, outstanding student leaders, student programming, and organization advisers. Any student, faculty/staff member, or student organization at Georgia State University can be nominated, and all staff and students may submit nominations for the awards.

The annual awards program takes place in April.

The Nell Hamilton Trotter Student Leadership Award recognizes an outstanding commitment to student involvement and is the highest student leadership award presented by the university. For nearly 40 years, Nell Hamilton Trotter was a loyal member of the Georgia State University community. She was the first Dean of Women at Georgia State and served for many years as a dedicated faculty member. Dean Hamilton Trotter personified the ideal qualities that we expect students, especially student leaders, to emulate.

A Call for Nominations is requested each semester prior to commencement and faculty, staff and students have the opportunity to nominate a graduating senior for this award. For questions, please contact Kristina Clement

Ace Award
Award Criteria:

  • Undergraduate senior status with at least 90 total cumulative hours
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • High level of integrity and honesty
  • Demonstrated leadership in student activities and community
  • Strong academic record
  • Spirit of goodwill and support of others

Additional requirements:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Updated professional resume submitted with nomination form
  • Complete a Royal Flame Nomination Form

Advisor of the Year
Award Criteria:

  • Serves as a volunteer, unpaid advisor to a chartered student organization during July – April of the current academic year
  • Advisor must be employed by Georgia State University as faculty or staff
  • Contributes to the development of members and the organization’s goals and/or purpose
  • Demonstrates genuine concern for members and support for organizational planning and events
  • Actively attends and participates in organization functions

Complete a Royal Flame Nomination Form

Rising Star
Award Criteria:

  • Undergraduate freshman or sophomore status with fewer than 60 total credit hours
  • Works to enhance personal leadership skills within an organization on campus or in the community
  • Established extracurricular involvement at Georgia State University
  • Exhibits the potential and desire for continued leadership within the university community

Complete a Royal Flame Nomination Form
Student Leader of the Year
Award Criteria:

  • Junior, senior, or graduate student status with more than 60 credit hours
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA while enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester
  • Demonstrates a history of progressive leadership positions on campus and in the community
  • Leadership involvement positively impacts the Georgia State University community, including students, staff, and organizations
  • Recognizes student and/or community needs and affects positive change
  • Committed to the university community and demonstrates potential for leadership beyond Georgia State in the future

Complete a Royal Flame Nomination Form

Outstanding Diversity Program
Award Criteria:

  • Participation between July – April of the current academic year
  • Sponsored by a paraprofessional student group or chartered organizations
  • Demonstrates new or continued organizational initiatives that affect the quality of the program
  • Shows exemplary commitment in the development, promotion, and execution of the program
  • Provides opportunities for students to gain knowledge on diversity and/or multicultural issues (i.e. race/ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, ability, cultural identity, cross-cultural communication, etc.)

Complete a Royal Flame Nomination Form

Outstanding Leadership Program
Award Criteria:

  • Participation between July – April of the current academic year
  • Sponsored by a paraprofessional student group or chartered organization
  • Demonstrates new or continued organizational initiatives that affect the quality of the program
  • Shows exemplary commitment in the development, promotion, and execution of the program
  • Promotes leadership development (i.e. organizational skills, project management, communication skills, etc.) attendees and/or organization members
  • Offer educational elements in the areas of personal growth, community awareness, and social consciousness to attendees and/or organization members

Complete a Royal Flame Nomination Form

Outstanding Partnership Program
Award Criteria:

  • Participation between July – April of the current academic year
  • Sponsored by a paraprofessional student group or chartered organization
  • Demonstrates new or continued organizational initiatives that affect the quality of the program
  • Shows exemplary commitment in the development, promotion, and execution of the program
  • Promotes leadership development (i.e. organizational skills, project management, communication skills, etc.) attendees and/or organization members
  • Offer educational elements in the areas of personal growth, community awareness, and social consciousness to attendees and/or organization members

Complete a Royal Flame Nomination Form