Sesquicentennial Leadership Award

Applications are due Monday, Jan. 8 2018.

This award, established by the University’s Sesquicentennial committee, takes its name from a quote by M.J. Riggs, class of 1883: “We come to college not alone to prepare to make a living, but to learn to live a life.” The award recognizes a student who has taken advantage of opportunities at Iowa State University to apply his or her knowledge to real life projects and experiences. Such experiences may include, but are not limited to:

  • Taking the lead to create unique, successful service projects.
  • Demonstrating impressive leadership through research or internship opportunities.
  • Exhibiting exemplary leadership in creating or managing national or international projects.

The successful applicant will show how he or she has used initiative to develop a significant, unique project with demonstrable results. The recipient must be a junior or senior at the time the award is applied.

Note: Total award of $3,000 is divided between the two semesters. Awards will be for academic year 2018-2019. Recipients must be enrolled for both semester to receive the full award. Winners will be notified in March 2018.

Applicant Info

Full Name as it appears in Iowa State University records *

ISU Net-ID *
Please DO NOT submit your university ID.

Spring Semester Address (include street address, city, and ZIP Code) *

University Email *



Status for 2018-2019

Projected Graduation Date

How did you hear about the award

High School Name



Please ask three individuals who have observed you in a leadership role to serve as references for you. Each of your references should complete a recommendation form. At least one of the references should come from a member of the Iowa State University faculty or staff. Recommenders should submit the forms prior to the application deadline.


Cover Letter

Provide a one (1) page description of your real-life projects and opportunities. (pdf preferred) *
(max file size 32mb)

Promotional Materials

Enclose accompanying examples of publicity, honors, or promotional materials about the project(s) or experiences, not to exceed five pages. (pdf preferred) *
(max file size 32mb)


In an essay of 1-2 pages, describe a significant, unique project you have undertaken and show how it connects back to your classroom learning experiences. How has your experience impacted your ability to learn how to live a life? (pdf preferred) *
(max file size 32mb)


In signing this application form, I extend permission to examine my official university record, both academic and disciplinary, to all those officially involved in the selection process. If awarded this scholarship, I give Iowa State University permission to include my name on the list of recipients and release it to the public as required under the terms of the scholarship. (Note: this list may include scholarship selection criteria, major, and hometown.)

I Accept *

E-signature (fill in your name) *

Telephone Number *

Oversight of the Sesquicentennial Leadership Award rests with Senior Vice President for Student Affairs. Please direct all inquires regarding the application process or qualification for the awards to the SVPSA office at 2350 Beardshear Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA, 50010-2039, (telephone) 515 294-4420 or (FAX) 515 294-2305.

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