Leadership & Development

Recognition & Awards

The Office of Student Engagement is proud to support the amazing things our student leaders, volunteers and student organizations are doing at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus and in the greater community. They are all making a lasting impact through their involvement on campus and are learning and practicing the skills they need to be successful long after they have moved on to their next stage in life.

In order to celebrate the students, staff and faculty who have made a difference through co-curricular involvement and programming, the Office of Student Engagement has created the Campus Involvement & Leadership Awards, which aims to showcase co-curricular excellence in service and leadership.

A highlight of this event is the presentation of the Golden Bull Awards. The Golden Bull Award is one of the highest awards for a student leader at the institution. For more information and to see previous winners, visit the Golden Bulls webpage.

2022 Campus Involvement & Leadership Awards

In celebration of the excellence of our student leaders, organizations, staff and faculty, the Office of Student Engagement will be hosting the 2021-2022 Campus Involvement & Leadership Awards ceremony on Thursday, April 14th at the Lakewood Ranch Country Club.


The nomination form for the 2021-2022 Campus Involvement & Leadership Awards is now open!

You can find the nomination form here. All nominations must be received via BullsConnect by 11:55 p.m. on Friday, March 25th.

The Campus Involvement & Leadership Awards recognizes individuals, student organizations, faculty/staff advisors and co-curricular partners, as well as outstanding events. Below you will find descriptions for the awards presented by the Office of Student Engagement during the ceremony.

Student Success and campus partners may also present awards during this event. Information about those awards will be shared by those individual offices.

Individual Awards

Outstanding Emerging Leader: This award seeks to recognize a new or up-and-coming student leader for taking the initiative to make a difference to the campus community from beyond the classroom, while exhibiting integrity, leadership, and teamwork.

Outstanding Student Leader: This award honors an established student leader for being highly active and holding leadership roles within student organizations, involvement in service activities and activities within the USF and surrounding community.

The Bull-iever Award: This award honors a current faculty or staff member at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus who shows continuing support for campus co-curricular involvement. Nominees may serve as a student organization advisor but may not win both this award and the Student Organization Advisor of the Year award during the same year.

Student Organization Awards

Student Organization of the Year: This award honors a student organization that has positively impacted the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. This organization has demonstrated a commitment to developing a sustainable organization that cultivates leadership among its organization members. This organization has made an overall meaningful contribution to students, the University, and/or the surrounding community.

Student Leader of the Year: This award recognizes a student member within an organization that has provided exemplary commitment. This student has made a meaningful contribution to the organization’s mission, vision and values, and works to motivate others through their example.

Student Organization Advisor of the Year: This award seeks to honor a registered student organization advisor at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus that has provided superb support, guidance, and direction to the student organization. The advisor should have been actively involved with the student organization during the 2021-2022 academic year. Nominees may not win both this award and the Bull-iever award during the same year.

Event Awards

These awards honor student-led events/programs that have contributed significantly to the quality of campus life at the USF Sarasota-Manatee campus. The organization and/or group will have demonstrated excellence in programming resulting from vision, teamwork, and campus impact.

All nominations in this category may be considered for the following awards:

  • Event of the Year
  • Co-Sponsorship of the Year
  • New Event of the Year
  • Rowdy Bull Spirit Award