Outstanding Mentor Award Program

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The Outstanding Mentor Award recognizes graduate and professional students who demonstrate excellence in mentorship on all ASU campuses.


Who is eligible?
All students enrolled in at least one credit hour in a graduate or professional programs at ASU. Qualifying mentoring includes work with undergraduate students, graduate students, or community members completed on a volunteer basis (i.e. unpaid). Mentoring through formal programs (e.g., Shades, Big Brothers Big Sisters) qualifies, as does independent mentoring. Mentoring that is financially compensated or a requirement of a paid assistantship or other employment is ineligible for this award.

Who can nominate a mentor?
Mentees (who are either ASU undergraduate or high school students), as well as graduate students, community members/organizers, staff members, and faculty members familiar with the nominee’s work can nominate a mentor (link). Self-nominations are not accepted for this program.

What is the prize?
The winners of the Outstanding Mentor Award receive a $500 monetary prize, cross-campus recognition, and are honored at the Annual Awards Ceremony in the spring.

What’s the process?
The process is very simple and is comprised of only three steps: Nomination, Application and Decisions.


  • Nomination: January 15 – February 16
    • Eligible nominators fill out a nomination form in which they provide a statement that
      1. Describes their nominee’s work as a mentor with specific examples and
      2. Explains why he/she deserves to be recognized as an outstanding mentor
    • By the end of this period, nominees are notified by email and invited to complete an online application.
  • Application: February 19 – March 2
    • *Please note, only nominees will be invited to apply for the award after the initial nomination process.
    • All applicants need to submit an online application through Zoom Grants along with a CV (see application materials below) by March 2, 2018.

    • If you are applying for more than one award, you will need to create an additional alias. The software program will only allow one award to be submitted per email address, in order to prevent duplicate applications.
    • You can create an alias through your MyASU by going to Profile > Contact Details > Public Email > Click the pen sign beside Current alias and create a different alias like Alias1. Your email will now be Alias1@asu.edu.

    • Each application will be thoroughly evaluated—in a blind review process—by the trained reviewers of the Awards Committee. Their evaluation criteria will consist of (but not be limited to) the relevance of your mentoring experience, as well as its influence, potential development, and overall impact on the mentees.
  • Decisions: April 2
    • The Awards Committee reaches the final decisions based on the online application and the required documents.
    • GPSA promptly notifies the winners, who then receive their prize, and are invited to the GPSA Awards Ceremony where they are bestowed wall plaques in recognition for their advocacy efforts and their effects on ASU students’ lives and society at large.


Application and Required Documents

All the online applications are completed through Zoom Grants website here: http://zoomgrants.com/gprop.asp?donorid=2189

The application consists of questions regarding your current mentoring experience and its impact on your mentees.

Along with the application, candidates are required to upload:

  • current CV(4-page maximum) focused on service, leadership, and mentorship.
  • letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with the applicant’s mentoring activities.

*Please make sure your name does not appear on any of the documents, as we maintain a blind review process.


Note: The online applications are completed through Zoom Grants website. However, only nominees will be allowed to apply for the award (see instructions above).

*Please do not include your name on the CV, as we maintain a blind review process.


Dates and Deadlines

Nomination period: January 15 – February 16, 2018
Application period: February 19 – March 2, 2018
Evaluation period: March 12 – March 30, 2018
Winners announced: April 2, 2018

*Note: Dates and deadlines may be subject to changes



The Outstanding Mentor Award program is run by the Office of Professional Development, overseen by the Vice President of Professional Development and the Director of Awards.


If you have questions, please contact GPSA’s Awards Team (gpsa.awards@gmail.comor ask a question in the Awards section of the GPSA Forum.