Tips for Writing Winning Award Nominations
- Think about talking with your nominee and those who work with the individual (i.e. other students, colleagues, staff, faculty, etc.) to identify specifics about their leadership.
- Pay attention to the description of the award and do your best to reflect why they are a good candidate for that specific award.
- Cite specific examples—use descriptive language and then give a situation or example that shows the attribute.
- Remember, your audience does not know anything about the nominee; thorough explanations are key.
- Avoid the use of too many pronouns and run-on sentences. The narrative should be clear and easy to read.
- Don't just talk about what the person is/has done. Share what stands out. What makes this person outstanding? How have these accomplishments had an impact - on people, the community, and the profession? Create a unique picture of your applicant. What makes him/her stand out from all the rest? Consider how your nominee has made an impact.
Suggestions for Your Nomination
- Write your nomination in a separate document before completing the nomination form so you have a copy saved and can copy and paste your answer into the electronic form.
- Explain your connection to the person you are recommending, including how you know them and why you are qualified to nominate them for the specific award.
- Provide information regarding why the person you are writing about is special, including a detailed description of why they are qualified. Choose a few points, giving specific examples reinforcing these points and then return to those throughout the nomination.
- Address the specific skills or characteristics this person possesses relating directly to the award criteria. When writing a letter of nomination for an award, the information included should be concise while adequately describing why it relates to the criteria required for the award.