Board of Governors' Awards

Celebrating exceptional student contributions and leadership


To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Dalhousie Student Union, and in recognition of the fact that students contribute to the quality and vitality of the University, and the achievement of its mission, both through their academic accomplishments and through their involvement in campus life, the Governors' Awards were created by the Board of Governors.

The terms of reference of the Governors' Awards are as follows:

Up to four awards are made each year, for exceptional contributions or leadership in the extracurricular realm in such areas as:

  • Campus Community Engagement
  • Community Service
  • Internationalization of Campuses
  • Inclusive Campus Climate
  • Leadership and University Governance

To be eligible, students must be in good academic standing and demonstrate a strong and consistent commitment to Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Access (EDIA). Otherwise, all students—undergraduate, graduate or professional faculty student, full time or part time, at any stage in their academic career—may be considered for an award.

Recipients are chosen by a committee consisting of the President; three members of the Board of Governors; and the Vice-Provost, Student Affairs.  The University community is invited to submit nominations, in writing, but the selection committee is also free to identify candidates itself.

Awards, in the form of a plaque, are presented by the Chair of the Board or designate at the annual Impact Awards Gala Evening or at a Board of Governors meeting.

Making a submission

When submitting a nomination, please consider the following guidelines:

  • Provide clear and concise examples of how the nominee has made an impact on the Dalhousie community and shown leadership in the areas listed in the Terms of Reference above.
  • Up to three letters of support are recommended.
  • The nominee's resume/CV may be included, if available.

Nominations for 2022–23 are closed.

Please contact if you have any questions.