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The Golden Gorilla Award is a student honor given on Apple Day to recognize those students who have made exemplary contributions in community service, academic excellence and campus involvement. 

Award Description

Evaluations of the applicants will give attention to the following:

  • Service: The desire and actions to aid the less fortunate and improve the quality of life for individuals at PSU or in the Pittsburg community.
  • Academics: Not only the student’s GPA, but progressive improvements and independent research efforts or other intellectual endeavors related to their field of study, relevant honors included.
  • Involvement: Participation in on-campus activities with an emphasis on any leadership roles, including intercollegiate athletics. Organizations not affiliated with the University should be included if the applicant is actively involved.

A strong applicant would possess strengths in all of these areas; however it is not necessary for all three areas to be fulfilled to receive the award. For example a student working part or full-time to finance their education may not have the time to perform community service, but would still be encouraged to apply.

Submission Process

A PSU faculty or staff member will nominate a student by sending Eva Sager, Assistant Director for Campus Activities, an email with a 1-2 sentence description of why the student should be nominated.  Eva will notify nominees by email and encourage them to apply. Nominations are due no later than Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 4:30 pm.

Nominees will submit the Application and Honors Pages, resume, and a typed narrative to Eva Sager at  Please see Application to the left for full details. Paper copies will not be accepted.

The Selection Committee will base their decision upon the quality of responses and accomplishments in the three recognition areas as presented in the documentation submitted. 

Students who are awarded a Golden Gorilla should receive an email by Thursday Feb. 26, 2015 requesting their presence at Apple Day (3/5/15) at the 3:00 p.m. Convocation ceremony at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

If you have any further questions, please contact Eva Sager in the Campus Activities Center at or (620) 235-4795.

Past Recipients

For a listing of past recipients, click here.