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Campus Legacy Awards


The annual Campus Legacy Awards program, hosted by the National Campus Leadership Council, honors students and student allies who are making a difference on college campuses through advocacy and awareness efforts.

Nominations will open on January 22, 2019.


The 2018 Campus Legacy Award Recipients

Gov. Dirk Kempthorne

Presidential Legacy Award

University of Idaho student body president, 1974

A short time after he graduated, he was elected the youngest mayor of Boise and would go on to serve a term as a U.S. Senator. Gov. Kempthorne’s career in public service is a remarkable journey from mayor to U.S. senator to governor to U.S. Interior secretary.

Lauren Aronson

Rising Star Award

Tulane University student body president, 2011

With her remarkable commitment to public service, Lauren has served as a spokeswoman and strategic communications advisor for the first overhaul of the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years as press secretary for the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means. Currently, she is the Managing Director of FP1 Strategies’ public affairs division.

The Denver Post

Joseph R. Biden Student Ally Award

The Post’s editorial board issued a powerful column surrounding University of Colorado chancellor’s plan to strip more than 90% of CU’s Student Government financial oversight. Their efforts for defending student rights helped students successfully fight back.

March for Our Lives

Student Initiative of the Year

In the wake of horrible tragedy, the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School ignited a movement with March for Our Lives. This student leadership ran on a national scale and made significant contributions student voice.

Lorenzo Santavicca

Student Body President of the Year

Michigan State University, 2018

Lorenzo Santavicca used his platform to create space for students to voice their concerns and need for transparency in higher education in the wake of a campus crisis.