Vanderbilt Student Leadership Award


The purpose of the Vanderbilt Student Leadership Award is to both invest in and nurture the potential of students with demonstrated need. Award winners would ideally be students who are already leaders in some capacity but hold the potential and drive to further advance and excel in their organization(s), given the time and resources to do so. The program would award a stipend of up $1,000 to its finalists, simultaneously allowing students with demonstrated need to work fewer hours and freeing up more time for them to pursue higher levels of leadership.


Official eligibility requirements are as follows:

  • Full-time student status
  • Rising sophomore-senior
  • Paid employment status ~6 hours per week
  • Pursuit of an executive board position in any registered student organization for 2019-2020 or a position in Vanderbilt Student Government (Fall 2019 organization turnover evaluated on a case-by-case basis)

Applications will open February 2020.


This initiative was a major aspect of Tariq and Lanier’s campaign in the 2018 VSG Election. The initiative was worked on throughout the 2018-2019 academic year, alongside many campus partners including the Dean of Students Office, Office of Financial Aid, Office of Transitions, IICC, Women’s Center, and Career Center. The first 10 VSLA award recipients was awarded in Spring 2019.


We understand that this a new award so we have added a set of FAQ’s below. If you have questions that are not addressed below, please reach out to Frances Burton at


Please refer to this document to see a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).