From creating and building community and belonging to winning local and international competitions, our students lead the Tech community in identifying and trailblazing ways to create the next entrepreneur, innovator, social change agent, big dreamer, and much more. The annual Up with the White & Gold (UWWG) celebration (co-hosted by the Division of Student Life and SGA) honors the achievements, hard work, and dedication of student leaders and student organizations. The event highlights the significant role that student leadership and involvement play on campus.

The event also honors faculty and staff and the role they play in student organizations, with a portion of the program dedicated to honoring outstanding employees and their work. SGA also presents a host of awards including 10 Burdell's Best awards and the Danielle McDonald Award. These honors are designed to encourage student organizations to host or participate in programs that are beneficial in the areas of organizational enrichment, team building, networking, service, and collaboration. Organizations can earn points by participating in various events and activities in certain categories.

Applications Opening this Spring!

Applications for the Student Organization awards, presented by SGA, will open in the Spring. Any Registered Student Organization is eligible for nomination or self-nomination. 

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Awards Descriptions

40 awards are presented by 6 campus departments and 6 student organizations. Over 100 winners and honorees are recognized at the annual ceremony. 

Student Organization Awards

These awards, presented by the Student Government Association, highlight the dedicated work and accomplishments of our 500+ Registered Student Organizations and their respective leaders. Applications are open to all active RSOs. 

Organization of the Year

Presented to the student organization that best served their constituents, exemplified their mission, and excelled in program development, community engagement, and leadership development. Great applications will demonstrate the following:

  • Ability to meet goals and objectives as stated in their constitution
  • Growth and achievement in many areas including membership, leadership and overall organizational development. Successful mission-driven programs, meetings, and activities.
  • Demonstrable campus or community impact.

Student Leader of the Year

Presented to a Student Leader who has exceeded the expectations of leadership and served the organization’s members as a reliable resource. Organizations can nominate 1 leader from their executive board who they believe has made the most significant impact. Great applications will demonstrate the following:

  • The Student Leader should show initiative through their work for the organization where progress towards improving the organization was clearly made.
  • The Student Leader should show qualities of a respectable, but also approachable leader.
  • The Student Leader’s impact should be evident through organizational excellence and membership testimonies.

Advisor of the Year

Presented to a faculty/staff advisor who has gone above and beyond to support their organization and demonstrated devotion to the success of the students involved. Great applications will demonstrate the following:

  • The contributions and influence of the faculty/staff advisor should be clearly evident.
  • The advisor should clearly demonstrate the standards for leadership development, again shown by example.
  • The advisor should meet with the organization regularly and actively.
  • The advisor’s impact should be evident through organizational excellence and member testimonies.

Emerging Excellence

Presented to the organization that filled a void on campus and overcame difficulties associated with establishing an organization. Any organization that chartered within the last two years is eligible to apply for this award. Great applications will demonstrate the following:

  • Clearly identified the need being provided to Georgia Tech students.
  • Indicated a clear mission statement, goals, and reason(s) for establishment
  • Evidence of growth and improvement in the form of officer development and function, increase in membership and community engagement
  • Success in facing the challenges that arise from founding a new organization

Community Champion

Presented to the student organization that demonstrates through action, the importance of serving the campus, the community, the country, and the world. This award will be given to an organization involved with hands-on service activities, philanthropic and fundraising events, political and/or advocacy efforts, or other civic engagement-related pursuits. Great applications will demonstrate the following:

  • Impact and engage with Georgia Tech students and the community at large
  • Provide opportunities to students to volunteer and engage in events/initiatives hosted by the respective organization

Diversity & Inclusion

Presented to the student organization that demonstrates an active commitment to championing diversity and inclusion in their organization or on campus. Excellence in this area may be demonstrated through programs that directly support underrepresented or marginalized students/identities; service initiatives to encourage or deepen D&I in the GT community; educational initiatives to increase awareness and support of all identities. Great applications will demonstrate the following:

  • Evidence of programs, events, or initiatives which provide education on the significance of diversity and inclusion in the GT Community service or direct action to support the increase or deepening of D&I in the GT Community.
  • Support (e.g., community building, consciousness raising) for students who are members of marginalized or underrepresented identities

Leadership Development

Presented to the student organization that facilitates leadership development and promotes leadership opportunities for its members, the campus, and/or the community. This student organization has developed clear goals to promote leadership philosophy within its community. Great applications will demonstrate the following:

  • Create and organize leadership development activities such as workshops, retreats and lectures for guest speakers Incorporates team-building exercises and activities into their meetings for providing students with leadership opportunities
  • Provides each member a fair platform to develop their leadership skills

Innovation in Adversity

Presented to the organization that managed to successfully overcome a challenge faced within the organization during the year. Great applications will demonstrate the following:

  • Adapt to continuing organization responsibilities in a virtual/hybrid environment
  • Develop innovative methods to conduct meetings, workshops, and events Inspires the GT community to progress and develop despite the surrounding challenges
  • Builds connections to the campus community in a virtual/hybrid environment

Dean Danielle McDonald Legacy Award

Presented to the individual or student group that has created a campus event, activity, or program that exemplifies the innovative spirit of Dean McDonald in how it has contributed to the vibrancy of the campus environment and cultivated leaders at Tech.

Awards & Awarding Groups

ANAK Society 

  • George Wingfield Semmes Scholarship (Grand Prize & Runner Up) - Student

Campus Services 

  • Campus Life Scholarship Award - Student 

Center for Student Engagement

  • Celebrating Student Leadership Honorees - Student
  • Engagement Champion Award - Student 
  • Friend of the Center Award - Student
  • Friend of the Center Award - Employee
  • Rising Star Award - Student 
  • Service Champion Award - Student 

Competitive Sports Office (CRC) 

  • Female Athlete of the Year Award - Student 
  • Male Athlete of the Year Award - Student 
  • Sport Club of the Year Award - Organization

Division of Student Life 

  • Matter of Degree Award - Student or Organization
  • TECHcellence Award - Student


  • Emerging Student Leader Award - Student
  • Graduate Student Excellence for Leadership and Service Award - Student 
  • Nexus Award - Student or Organization

New Student & Transition Programs 

  • Impact Award - Student
  • Impact Award - Employee

SGA - Undergraduate House of Representatives 

  • Dean George C. Griffin Faculty of the Year Award - Faculty 
  • Dean James E. Dull Administrator of the Year Award - Staff 
  • Sergeant Gary F. Beringause Friend of the Student Award - Faculty, Staff, or Department
  • Student Council Committee of the Year - UHR Committee
  • Student Council Member of the Year - Student

Society of Women Engineers 

  • GEAR Award - Student 
  • Georgette P. Burdell Award - Student 
  • Outstanding Engineer Award - Student 

Student Foundation 

  • J. Erskine Love Jr Philanthropy Award (Winner & Runner Up) - Student