Every day, students at Bowling Green State University are developing their leadership and communication skills, dedicating their time to helping others, and actively fostering empowering environments across campus.

The Division of Student Affairs wants to recognize, support, and encourage BGSU students who are exploring their passions on campus and beyond.

Below are scholarships offered by the Division of Student Affairs to students who exemplify the spirit and values of BGSU. Explore information about each award, the donors who made these awards possible, and the application process.

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The Student Affairs Leadership Council Scholarship was established to reward exemplary leadership and academic excellence. The Bowling Green State University Foundation, Inc. established an endowment to benefit Bowling Green State University.  An initial monetary gift by Don E. Cook and Sharon S. Cook created this scholarship.  Subsequently, members of the Student Affairs Board of Advocates provided additional monetary gifts for this scholarship.

Considerations for the Student Affairs Leadership Council Scholarship:

  • Recipients must demonstrate financial need. Each applicant must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and show need as reported on the Student Aid Report (SAR);
  • Recipients must demonstrate exemplary leadership qualities, as evidenced by involvement in multiple student activities and/or community service organizations including, but not limited to, student government or Greek Life leadership roles;
  • First preference will be given to applicants with a minimum 3.5 GPA.  Students with a minimum 3.25 GPA will be considered;
  • $1000 will be equally divided and awarded to one registered BGSU female rising junior and one registered BGSU male rising junior.

The Brent E. Vogel Leadership Scholarship was established to recognize the legacy of Brent Edward Vogel.  A smart, hard-working, passionate and strong individual, Brent lived his life as a leader who inspired people through action.  It is his family’s desire that his legacy live on through BGSU student recipients of the Brent E. Vogel Scholarship.

Considerations for the Brent E. Vogel Leadership Scholarship:

  • Applicants must be a graduate of a high school in Ohio and a continuing BGSU student;
  • Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, participation in extracurricular activities, and/or community service;
  • A minimum of $1,000 will be awarded each year during the spring semester.

Kathy Hawk Nicosia graduated in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences. While a student at Bowling Green State University, she was a member of the Alpha Chi Omega Women’s Fraternity. In addition to her more than 30 years of service with American Airlines, she was a dedicated wife and mother. Kathy was a natural born leader who inspired others with her generosity, kindness and compassion. Kathy’s family and friends have established this award in her memory. 

Considerations for the Kathy Hawk Nicosia Leadership Award:

  • This award honors a student entering his or her junior or senior year of enrollment;
  • Candidates' concern for others at Bowling Green State University must be exemplified by the characteristics of recognizable leadership, academic achievement, admirable personal qualities, dedication to BGSU and the benefits derived from participating in leadership opportunities;
  • A minimum of $1,000 will be awarded each year during the spring semester.


Mike and Sara both attended Bowling Green State University: Sara, from 1967 to 1969; Mike from 1964 to 1968, receiving a journalism degree from the College of Business in June, 1968. Mike was actively involved in student organizations on campus that resulted in being selected BGSU’s Outstanding Greek Man in 1968 and a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society. Both also worked at the University: Sara was employed in the Administration Building and the Office of Financial Aid from 1969 to 1971; Mike worked in the Office of the Dean of Students as a Residence Hall Director and was an Assistant Director in the Office of Career Planning & Placement from 1968 to 1971. They married on campus, in Prout Chapel, on December 11, 1971. Their 42 years together included many trips back to campus before Sara passed away in 2013. This scholarship program was launched in her memory.

“In addition to finding each other, the learning and maturing we experienced at BGSU gave us an extraordinary foundation to build our lives. Extracurricular activities, in particular, played an especially important role in the development of our work ethic. The scholarships this gift will fund are a direct result of the privilege we had of attending BGSU. And, it is our way of giving something back to the University so that the new generations of youth – with similar backgrounds and interests – may benefit as we did from their time at BGSU.”

Considerations for the Mike and Sara Kuhlin Scholarship for Exceptional Student Leadership:

  • This scholarship will award two students at $3,750 each;
  • Applicants must be undergraduate sophomores, juniors or seniors;
  • Applicants must demonstrate progress towards becoming active, involved and recognized as student leaders (“Demonstrated progress” is defined as a continued and increased student involvement and responsibilities in student activities and/or community service);
  • Applicants must have at least a 2.5 cumulative grade point average;
  • Applicants must be residents of the state of Ohio;
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

The Division of Student Affairs is seeking applicants for the Shelli A. Herman Award, a $600 scholarship that will be awarded to a student enrolled in the College Student Personnel (CSP) master's degree program. The award is distributed at the beginning of a student's second year enrolled in the CSP program.

Considerations for the Shelli A. Herman Award:

  • This scholarship is awarded to a CSP student entering their second year of enrollment;
  • Candidates must have an on-campus graduate assistantship in the Division of Student Affairs, an overall GPA of 3.75, and must demonstrate leadership, excellence, and citizenship in their assistantships;
  • The award recipient will be selected by a committee determined by the Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, comprised of members of the Division and one member of the CSP faculty.