Legacy Award

Legacy Award

The Legacy Award recognizes a student graduating during the 2017 year (undergraduate or graduate) whose influence, ideals and activities throughout their college career have left a lasting, positive impression on the institution and raises the standard of excellence for future generations. More than one recipient may be awarded.

Note: The Legacy Award application is contained as a part of the Distinguished Leader and Outstanding Graduate Student applications as "Higher Consideration" and those questions will come in the page after the Distinguished Leader or Outstanding Graduate Student questions. This allows students to be considered for both awards.

Finalists for the Legacy Award will be invited to interview with the Leadership Awards Committee on Tuesday, April 4th.

To apply, all applicants must be in good academic and judicial standing with the university.

Please answer all categories in 250 words or fewer. Nominations with answers of more than 250 words will not be considered.

Question Prompts (minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA to apply): 

  1. Explain why the nominee deserves to be recognized with this award;
  2. List nominee's involvement over their tenure at UC Merced or upload an activity resume;
  3. Describe at least one specific event that demonstrates the nominee's commitment to the campus community;
  4. Explain, specifically, how will the nominee have left a lasting and positive legacy after they graduate.

Note: Each Legacy applicant with a 3.5 GPA will automatically be entered into the pool for the Carol Tomlinson-Keasey Award.

Legacy Award Scoring Rubric Summary: Possible 25 Total Points

Cumulative GPA (4 possible points)

Ideals (5 possible points): Application displays one or more examples of a nominees ethical commitment to the university.

On Campus Involvement (5 possible points):  Nominee has significant engagement and leadership in the campus community. Examples: Bobcat Leadership Series, RCO Leadership, campus employment, research.

Impact of On Campus Involvement (5 possible points): Application demonstrates nominee's impact on the club, campus, Merced community, and individual student.

Legacy of Involvement (5 possible points): Application demonstrates nominee's lasting legacy at UC Merced and the Merced community.

Reviewer Discretionary Points (1 possible point)