Leadership Achievement Award

The Leadership Achievement Award is a self-paced, comprehensive, leadership development program designed to encourage and recognize student leadership education and experiences at Bowling Green State University.

The program is adaptable so all students can work toward achieving this distinguished recognition. To participate, students must answer yes to the following questions:

  • Are you interested in improving your leadership skills and abilities?
  • Are you or will you be an active student leader at BGSU?
  • Do you have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher?
  • Are you committed to giving back through community service?
The BGSU Leadership Achievement Award Advantage
  • Demonstrates student’s leadership and team development skills
  • Highlights developmental outcomes of each leadership experience
  • Assists students as they transition to leadership and team roles within a work environment



This pillar involves six required topics we believe are crucial for leadership development, which include areas such as group development and moral and ethical decision-making. The pillar also involves completing eight electives which range from conflict management to professionalism to choosing topics of your choice.

Examples of leadership education experiences:
  • Safe Zone training
  • Leadership Academy
  • Relevant classes
  • Student organization involvement
  • Career Center workshops
  • Conference sessions
  • Job training
  • Student Leadership Assistant workshops

We ask students to meet with a mentor at least three times each year they work toward earning the LCP, and submit a reflection for each year. Mentors can be any faculty or staff member on campus or in the community. Conversations should be on-going and intentional. If you don’t have a mentor, your coordinator can help you identify and reach out to someone!

Ideas for finding a mentor:
  • Supervisor at work
  • Academic advisor
  • Professor
  • Student organization advisor

Students must complete 80 hours of community service, with each individual experience counting for no more than 20 hours. We are looking for students to experience a diverse array of projects, as we recognize an incredible amount of your growth and development comes from outside the classroom.

Examples of community service experiences:
  • BG Alternative Breaks
  • Humane Society
  • Conference/event volunteer
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
  • Friday Night Lights
  • Dance Marathon

This is where you gain practical leadership experience and start to put your learning into action! We want to see students get involved in three main ways:

  • Academic Group Experiences: member in-class team or group projects
  • Leadership in Action Experiences: take on a formal or informal leadership role in a student organization or employment setting

Students will reflect on two experiences they have had over the course of their BGSU career for each category.

Examples of project and leadership experiences:
  • Student organization executive board
  • Conference/event planning committee
  • Class group projects
  • Scholarship/award committee
  • Working on a team during employment

The Capstone Experience

In addition to completing elements within the four pillars, students also complete a Cumulative Capstone Project. This is your opportunity to bring everything you have learned from the four pillars and create a meaningful project. It must be approved by your LAA Coordinator and should involve a significant level of commitment and action.

Be creative and think of topics, initiatives, or areas of need in which you are passionate! Similar to the education requirements, we leave the capstone intentionally broad to include as many ideas as possible. Consult with your coordinator if you need examples or help brainstorming ideas!

Examples of Capstone projects:
  • Developing a position transition manual
  • Creating a peer mentoring program
  • Hosting a focus group
  • Organizing a large event
  • Conducting a research study
  • Coordinating a service project

Past Recipients


Darya Budkina

Position: Graduate Student Ambassador, Graduate Student Orientation

Capstone: Novosibirsk State University project


Qu Twilley

Position: Student Leadership Assistant, Student Organization for Social Workers, Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society, SMART

Capstone: Hypermasculinity Workshop  


Harper Smith

Position: President's Leadership Academy, University Activities Organization, Academic Peer Mentor

Capstone: UAO Assessment  


Amy Holthaus

Position: Civic Action Leader, President's Leadership Academy, Colleges Against Cancer, 2017 Orientation Leader

Capstone: PLA Service Task Force  


Austin Gilbert

Position: SICSIC, Student Leadership Assistant, New Student Orientation, Alpha Tau Omega

Capstone: IFC Sexual Violence Prevention Series  


Eric Minus

Position: Orientation Team Leader, President's Leadership Academy, Feed My Starving Children, University Conduct Committee

Capstone: OL Retreat Manual  


Morgan Hollandsworth

Position: Rally Cap Sports, President's Leadership Academy, BG Human Relations Commission

Capstone: BGSU Stuttering Clinic  


Isaac Pritt

Position: Student Leadership Assistant, ECCO, Plastic Shatners, 4K for Cancer

Capstone: 4K for Cancer & Recruitment  


Maison DeWalt

Position: Student Leadership Assistant, President's Leadership Academy, Undergraduate Student Government, Honors Learning Community

Capstone: Ethical Leadership Certificate  


Madison Stump

Position: Student Leadership Assistant, Sigma Alpha Iota, LEAD, Law Society, Omicron Delta Kappa, Honors Fellow, Honors Learning Community

Capstone: HLC Cleans BG!


Janelle Bollheimer

Position: President's Leadership Academy, Undergraduate Student Government, Catholic Falcon Community, Women in Business Leadership, Omicron Delta Kappa

Capstone: PLA Interviews Overnight  


Katherine D'Angelo

Position: AIMS program, MEDLIFE, Learning Commons, undergraduate research

Capstone: MEDLIFE trips  


Erica Eskins

Position: AIMS program, Honors College

Capstone: Food Waste Composting Program  


Drew Ashby-King
Juantez Bates
Madeline Baumble
Ali Brown
Hannah Cubberly
Jake Dillon
Maureen E. Doyle
Kyle Jumper-Smith

Zack Jung
Jordan Lutz
Allana Meadows
Beau Mourer
Benjamin Myers
Richie Racette
Abby Wasserman
Katie Webb



Jayna Clemens

Position: Scholar in the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy; Honors College Scholar; Colleges Against Cancer, President; Omicron Delta Kappa, President; Office of Multicultural Affairs Ambassador

Capstone: Colleges Against Cancer Leadership & Committee Position Manuals


Lauren Diehl

Position: BGSU Women’s Golf Team; College of Business, Student Ambassador Program; Student-Athlete Advisory Committee; Supply Chain Management Association; LeaderShape Academy;

Capstone: Getting to Know Your Team and Effective Communication


Margaret Dorian

Position: President-Women in Business Leadership; Student Ambassador-College of Business; Resident Advisor - Kreischer Complex; Vice President of Recruitment-Beta Alpha Psi; Professional Accounting Honorary

Capstone: President of Women in Business Leadership


Laura Francisco

Position: Arts Village; Student Leadership Assistant; Undergraduate Student Government

Capstone: Self-Care Fair


Rayia Gaddy

Position: Scholar in the Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy; Vice President of Leadership for Alpha Phi Omega; Chi Alpha Epsilon Honor Society Member; 2015 Homecoming Court

Capstone: Connecting Paths


Megan Hemmelgarn

Position: Student Nutrition Association; Rotaract

Capstone: Effectiveness of Food Demos to Increase Nutrition Knowledge


Ashley Hillis

Position: President of Student Alumni Connection; Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy; Vice President of Service Panhellenic Council; Chapman Learning Community; Chapman Leader

Capstone: President of Student Alumni Connection  


Sherilyn Klatt

Position: Resident Student Association; National Residence Hall Honorary; Desk Clerk

Capstone: Review Strategies in the Classroom


Shelbi Lindesmith

Position: Delta Zeta Sorority; Student Leadership Assistant; BG Alternative Breaks

Capstone: Leadership Focus Group


Alyssa Lustgarten

Position: Supplemental Instructor for Business Calculus; Membership Chair/ President-Elect of BGCTM; Honors College Ambassador; The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi; National Residence Hall Honorary; BGSU Student-Led Math Camp

Capstone: McComb Math Camp Co-Leader


Ashley Materise

Position: Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy; Kappa Kappa Gamma Women’s Fraternity; SICSIC

Capstone: Kappa Kappa Gamma Chapter Retreat


Kaylyn Messenger

Position: Kappa Kappa Gamma; Bowling Green Alternative Breaks; Participant Relations Chair; National Society of Leadership and Success

Capstone: Undergraduate Research in Emotional Maturity


Israelle Nelson

Position: Resident Advisor at Falcon Heights; Vice President of National Association of Black Accountants

Capstone: Hong Kong Study Abroad and Leadership Experience


Oluyemi Oyeniran

Position: Member of Graduate Student Senate; Teaching Associate BGSU Math and Statistics

Capstone: Senator for Graduate Student Senate


Ivory Price

Position: Sidney A. Ribeau President Leadership Academy; Kappa Delta Sorority; Student Leadership Assistant

Capstone: Logistics Coordinator, 2015 Annual PLA Leadership Retreat


Elizabeth Richley

Position: Resident Student Association; McDonald Hall Council; Mortar Board; National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association

Capstone: Creation of an Undergraduate Research Guide


Kelly Rowe

Position: Vice President of Standards on Panhellenic Council; Student Leadership Assistant; Pi Beta Phi

Capstone: Vice President of Standards for Panhellenic Council


Emily Skibski

Position: FALCON for the Division of Student Affairs; Treasurer of Aspiring Student Affairs Professionals; Orientation Leader; Orientation Team Leader

Capstone: SOAR Session and Facilitation Guides


Sarah Adams

Position: Student Leadership Assistant, Campus Tour Guide, Alpha Phi


Alicia Alexander

Position: Queens of Color, Leaders in Residence, Black Issues Conference Committee,
Purple Hard Hats


Jodie Brand

Position: Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy, Feed My Starving Children, Delta Sigma Pi, Colleges Against Cancer


Holly Brandewie

Position: Resident Advisor, Alpha Phi Omega,
Aspiring Student Affairs Professionals


Santana Diaz

Position: Sidney A. Ribeau President's Leadership Academy, Colleges Against Cancer, Alpha Chi Omega Homecoming Student Steering


Chantelle Fordyce

Position: Alpha Phi, Panhellenic Council, Orientation Team Leader, SICSIC, FALCON Intern


Kelsey Hammersmith

Position: Alpha Phi Omega, Relay for Life, Opening Weekend Group Leader, Student Employees Board for Rec. and Wellness


Kyle Jacob

Position: Sidney A. Ribeau President's Leadership Academy, Delta Sigma Pi, SICSIC


Kevin Lewis

Position: Sidney A. Ribeau President's Leadership Academy, Student Leadership Assistant, Black Student Union, SMART Mentor


Lindsay Marshall

Position: Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy, Student Leadership Assistant, Delta Sigma Theta


Tiffany Mitchell

Position: Pi Beta Phi, American Society of Interior Designers, Order of Omega, Falcon Marching Band Colorguard


Leslie Potts

Position: Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy, Black Student Union, NCNW, SMART Mentor, Chapman Leader


Porscheness Ray

Position: Student Leadership Assistant, PEAK, Environmental Action Group, Latino Student Union, Black Student Union


Lucas Savot

Position: DREAM, Vision, Student Leadership Assistant


Brandon Slone

Position: Alpha Tau Omega, Orientation Leader, Dance Marathon


Celeste Smith

Position: Collegiate Against Child Abuse, Black Student Union, Sidney A. Ribeau President’s Leadership Academy


Corinne Smith

Position: Alpha Omicron Pi, Panhellenic Council,  Student Employee Advisory Committee at BTSU


Emily Soster

Position: Omega Phi Alpha, Gamma Phi Beta, Multicultural Greek Council


Stephanie Surblis

Position: Alpha Phi Omega, St. Baldrick’s, Feed My Starving Children, Falcon Leadership Institute

Candice Cotton
Anna Voinovich
Brandon Swope
LaShaundra Brown-Clopton
Michael Reilly

Lauren Brunswick
Cody Smith
Kimberly Zaccaro
Julia Godber
Rachel Robinson

Kallie Durkit
Samantha Kirsch
Lauren Purdy
Samuel Schmitt

Bryant Sheppard
Tiffany R. Smith
Laura Timmerman
Jonathan Zachrich

Ashley Lewis
Erin Porter
Heather Sabin

Kevin Basch
Dan Caldwell
Nicole Chase
Adison Heyne

Student Testimonials

Much like a diploma, this certificate signifies to me that I have worked hard and remained passionate about my personal understanding of leadership throughout my college journey.

Due to this accomplishment I believe that my inherent ability to take on more positions of leadership as I transition into the workforce will be that much more fluid.

-Margaret Dorian '16

Completing the LCP has meant so much to me because it has led to a wealth of experiences here at BGSU.

I have made meaningful connections with my peers, who continue to inspire me with their involvements and accomplishments, and I have discovered things about myself that I didn't know I was capable of.

-Kaylyn Messenger '16

I have learned that there is more to leadership than just being the "most prominent" member of the group such as the captain, teacher, or adviser.

Leadership comes in many forms, shapes and sizes, and with the right approach, mindset and goals, there is opportunity for leadership in every situation and circumstance.

-Megan Hemmelgarn '17