In 1832, Hoff blew the horn that summoned Lafayette’s first 43 students and three teachers to class. As a member of the Class of 1836, Hoff was the College’s first African American student. Learn more about Aaron O. Hoff.

Each spring the Division of Campus Life remembers Aaron 0. Hoff, his strength of character, and his honorable endeavors to build community with an awards ceremony.  The awards highlight the achievements of Lafayette students, employees and student organizations for their inspiration, contributions, dedication, and leadership to the Lafayette Community. View last year’s recipients.

A committee selects recipients from nominations collected from the student body and College employees. Nominations are accepted  Sunday, March 25th through Sunday, April 8th at 11:59PM. Submit a nomination now!


Select from the following award categories:

Individual Awards

1974 Award
This award recognizes the student who most exemplifies the groundbreaking spirit of the first class of women to graduate from Lafayette College by working toward equality for women on campus. Submit a nomination.

Robert I. Weiner Interfaith Award
This award recognizes the student who contributed most significantly to interfaith work by promoting constructive dialogue between religious and intercultural groups on campus. Submit a nomination.

Residential Spirit Award
This award recognizes a student who has gone above and beyond to contribute to their living environment. This individual has fostered relationships amongst students in the floor, building and/or Commons as well acted as a support to fellow residents;  participated in community events, initiated and/or encouraged others to participate in hall or campus activities;  role modeled community standards and encouraged others to do the same.  Overall, they helped make the hall a fun and welcoming place to live. Submit a nomination.

Frances Ocansey-Ahene Spirit of Multiculturalism Award
This award recognizes a graduating senior whose commitment to academic excellence and inclusive leadership within the community transcends all barriers and exemplifies the ethos of multiculturalism at Lafayette College. Submit a nomination.

World Citizen Award
This award recognizes the student who has demonstrated commitment to international or global issues through academic work or co-curricular leadership at Lafayette College. Submit a nomination.

Mattachine Award
This award recognizes the student who most exemplifies the courage of the Mattachine Society, the nation’s first LGBTQ rights organization, in working tirelessly to advance LGBTQ rights at Lafayette College. Submit a nomination.

Service Above Self  Award
This award recognizes a student who best exemplifies the qualities of caring and concern for others through participation in service activities. This active citizen is committed to discovering the root cause of social issues and supports solution-based initiatives with significant amounts of personal time. Submit a nomination.

Unsung Hero Award
This award honors a student who works without regard for personal reward, who has demonstrated concern for and dedication to the betterment of their peers within the Lafayette community.  This student’s attitude, behaviors, or skills reflect one or more of Lafayette’s espoused values (e.g., active citizenship, diversity and inclusion, health and wellness, sustainability, and/or community building).  Submit a nomination.

Emerging Leader Award
This award recognizes students who demonstrate considerable leadership potential and have made an impressive transition from exploring to taking the lead towards meaningful change. Decisions about why or how to change were based on an evidence-based need. The recipient displays consciousness of self, commitment and values congruence. Submit a nomination. 

Marquis Award
This award recognizes exemplary leadership by a student. The recipient has influenced the behaviors, actions or opinions of others toward a common goal or purpose. Progress towards (or accomplishment of) the goal resulted in the betterment of the student body, the College, and/or the surrounding community. Decisions about determining a goal or direction were evidence-based. The recipient models collaboration, handles controversy with civility and places value on a common purpose.  Submit a nomination.

Organization Awards

Commitment to Service Award
This award recognizes a student organization that has displayed significant effort for the improvement of the Lafayette campus through service and/or philanthropy. This group will have inspired and motivated others to act philanthropically and exemplified leadership and integrity in all words and actions while also having made a meaningful contribution to the Lafayette community. Submit a nomination.

Student Organization of the Year
This award recognizes a student organization that had demonstrated a progression of growth throughout the year as indicated by their programming, membership, and/or organization management.  Along with fostering personal and professional excellence in its members, the organization had an intentional focus towards reaching new heights as a student organization. Submit a nomination.

Character Award
This award is given to the group or organization that consistently demonstrates how its decisions and behaviors align with their stated purpose and values. The group receiving this award considers how the actions of individuals impact the group or organization as a whole through reasoned and ethical decision-making, personal well-being and accountability. The group or organization also demonstrates programmatically it is congruent with it’s the mission and values. Submit a nomination.

Marquis Award
This award recognizes exemplary leadership by a student organization or group of students. The recipient has influenced the behaviors, actions or opinions of others toward a common goal or purpose. Progress towards (or accomplishment of) the goal resulted in the betterment of the student body, the College, and/or the surrounding community. Decisions about determining a goal or direction were evidence-based. The recipient models collaboration, handles controversy with civility and places value on a common purpose.  Submit a nomination.

Faculty and Staff

Superior Teaching Award – Humanities and Social Sciences
This award recognizes a professor in the humanities or social sciences division who has served as an exemplary scholar by teaching above and beyond the required level and having a significant positive impact on the careers of students inside and outside of the classroom.  Submit a nomination.

Superior Teaching Award – Sciences and Engineering
This award recognizes a professor in the sciences or engineering division served as an exemplary scholar by teaching above and beyond the required level and having a significant positive impact on the careers of students inside and outside of the classroom. Submit a nomination.

John T. McCartney Excellence in Diversity Education Award
This award recognizes a faculty member who demonstrates intellectual passion, mentorship of students, and a strong commitment to diversity. The successful recipient inspires high academic achievement in her or his students and promotes cultural awareness for the campus community. Submit a nomination.

Administrator of the Year (nominations from students only)
This award recognizes a Lafayette administrator who has demonstrated dedication, availability, and energy in their involvement with students. They should be valued and respected by the students with whom they work and have a strong understanding of students’ needs and goals. They should have a strong educational role, produced meaningful change and helped students learn through their involvement. Submit a nomination.

Staff Member of the Year (nominations from students only)
This award recognizes a staff member who has served the Lafayette community has gone above and beyond his/her responsibilities, has been courteous and engaging with students, and has improved the quality of campus life (all hourly employees of the college such as administrative assistance, food service staff, facility operations employees, etc. would fall into this category). Submit a nomination.

Programs

Big 8 Program of the Year
This award recognizes a student organization or group of students who planned and implemented a program or initiative that most impacted the campus community in its emphasis on cross-cultural dialogue, intellectual exploration of a sociocultural issue, and/or social integration across identities. Submit a nomination.

Program of the Year
This award will be given to a student organization or group of students who planned and implemented a program that positively impacted the campus culture. Large or small scale this program was creative, original and will be evaluated based on how well it fulfilled its purpose. Submit a nomination.

Memorable Campus Moment
Each year, the campus community experiences poignant moments of learning, celebration, and reflection. These moments create a shared and lasting experience that resonated with you or others on our campus. Campus Life will highlight some of this year’s moments at the Hoff Awards. Submit a nomination.