Amy Dietz Student Advocacy Award

School of Labor and Employment Relations (LER):

The Amy Dietz student advocacy award would be awarded annually to a student enrolled in one of the LER School's online programs.  The nominees should be enrolled in at least one online class at the time of their nomination.  All students regardless of academic standing or program would be eligible for consideration.    

The award is intended to recognize students who are actively engaged in advocacy on behalf of an issue, cause or group.

Selection criteria would consider:   

  1. the student's passion and support for the cause, issue or group,  
  2. the relative value or importance to society of the cause, issue or group (it does not have to be student related), and  
  3. the effectiveness of the student's advocacy efforts.   

This advocacy can take a number of forms, including, but not limited to:  

  1. writing and speaking on behalf of the group or cause,  
  2. raising money on behalf of the group or cause,  
  3. physically working on behalf of the group or cause,  
  4. testifying on behalf of the group or cause before government bodies,  
  5. organizing public support and activities on behalf of the group or cause and  
  6. engaging in any other activities that the online team deems effective and appropriate. 

The Online team reserves the right to reject nominations involving causes inconsistent with the LER School’s mission or values.  

The award will consist of a plaque and a cash award of $500.   A student may only win the award once. 

Penn State employees receiving the educational benefit are not eligible for consideration for this scholarship.

Deadlines:

Nominations must be submitted no later than October 31st.  

The winner will be announced no later than November 19th.


Students can self-nominate or can be nominated from a member of the PSU community (fellow student, staff member, faculty member)

Please include a 2–3-page letter of nomination that addresses the following:

  1. the student's passion and support for the cause, issue or group,  
  2. the relative value or importance to society of the cause, issue or group (it does not have to be student related), and  
  3. the effectiveness of the student's advocacy efforts. 

You may also include plans for the award proceeds, if the proceeds will be used to support future advocacy  

Please upload any supporting documentation to strengthen the nomination (news articles, documentation showing impact of efforts, etc.