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The Golden Gorilla Award has been established to recognize exemplary contributions students have made in the areas of community service, academic excellence, and involvement.

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 any 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 also be included if the applicant is actively involved, i.e. church clubs, PTA,etc.

A strong applicant would possess strengths in all of these areas, however it is not necessary for all three areas to be fulfilled to received 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.