PSU Leadership Awards Ceremony

For the 27th year, Pittsburg State University is offering a variety of awards for student organizations, their leaders, programs, and advisors. The intent of the PSU Leadership Awards Ceremony is to recognize the outstanding contributions PSU student organizations have made to the University community through their programs and leadership.   

This awards program is a special effort on the part of the University to recognize student leadership, service to the campus community, and the continued development of volunteerism on our campus. We hope that you will support our efforts to reward our student organizations and their advisors for their continued success at PSU. 

The Pittsburg State University Leadership Awards Ceremony will be held on Friday, April 14, 2023, at 6:00 pm.  In-person attendance is by invitation only.  Live stream viewing is available to all via

Golden Gorilla Award

The Golden Gorilla Award is a student honor given at the PSU Leadership Awards to recognize those junior and non-graduating senior 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:


The desire and actions to aid the less fortunate and improve the quality of life for individuals at PSU or in the Pittsburg community.

To PSU: Includes volunteer activities/philanthropy that benefits PSU's campus (i.e. Career Closet drives, food pantry contributions, campus beautification, etc.)

To the Community: Includes volunteer activities in the community OR with civic/professional organizations outside of PSU.



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, internships, practicums, publications, other endeavors related to field of study, etc.

Participation in on-campus activities with an emphasis on any leadership roles, including intercollegiate athletics, or other campus overseen entity (i.e. Ambassadors, P.E.E.R.S., band, etc.).


A strong applicant would possess strengths in all of these areas.   Applicants are nominated by faculty, staff and student organization presidents.  They will submit a resume, a co-curricular transcript from Gorilla Engage, and an essay.  Hour completion, grades and conduct will all be reviewed. 


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