SU Club Awards

The SU is proud to recognize excellence among clubs and club members for their outstanding contributions to the quality of student life on campus.Club Awards endowments are intended to award excellence in team leadership, service, sustainable practices, advocacy, and innovation.These awards, along with the Eric Lahoda SU Memorial Scholarships, are presented at the Annual Club Awards Banquet in April.

2015/16 Award Winners

Award Honorable Mention Winner
Leadership T.E.S.L.A Engineers Without Borders
Community Service Best Buddies Muslim Students' Association
Quality of Education Neuroscience Students' Association Society of Undergraduates in Economics
Innovation Sports Management Society Student Organization for Aerospace Research
Sustainability  - - - Community Garden Club
Alumni Engagement Indian Students' Association & Outdoor Adventurers Students of the Arts and Sciences Honours Academy
First Year Engagement Mental Health Awareness Kinesiology Students' Society
Campus Pride Model United Nations Team Schulich UAV
Advocacy UNICEF on Campus Distress Centre on Campus
Collaboration NuFocus: Photography That Matters Mental Health Awareness
Student Life Outdoor Adventurers Indian Students' Association
L.O.V.E. Unconventional Engineers & Model UN Bear Necessities
Best New Club Robogals UCalgary Women in Business
Club of the Year Children's Health Advocates Model United Nations Team


Eric Lahoda Memorial SU Clubs Scholarship

This Eric Lahoda Memorial SU Clubs Scholarship honours Eric Lahoda, former student and dedicated club member and executive. This scholarship is made possible through the Quality Money Program. Ten scholarships, each valued at $1000.00, are awarded each year.

Applications are now closed. Winners will receive an email within three weeks of the deadline. Good luck everyone!

Application Deadline: February 21, 2017

Requirements for Application

Applicants must:

  • Be a returning U of C student in good academic standing (GPA of 2.0 or higher);
  • Be registered as a full-time student in the upcoming academic year;
  • Have completed at least one year of study at U of C;
  • Have participated in at least one Students' Union Club for at least one semester previously; and,
  • Have contributed to the betterment of student life in meaningful, unique, outstanding, or otherwise positive ways.

Required Documents (PDF format):

Evaluation Criteria

The Clubs Committee will specifically look at the following factors when determining scholarship recipients. These criteria should be addressed in your letter of intent and letter of reference:

  • Has the applicant demonstrated a high level of commitment to the club(s) by contributing significantly to its success, growth or longevity?
    • Did they help found the club(s)?
    • How many years have they been involved with the club(s)?
    • How many hours have they contributed to the club(s)?
    • Have they held any Executive positions?
    • Have they played a leading role in the organization and/or execution of any major club events?
    • Have they acted as a mentor or otherwise contributed positively to the transition process from one Executive to another?
    • Have they served as a representative of the club(s) to any other organizations?
    • How have they contributed to increasing the membership of the club(s)?
    • What distinguishes their devotion to the club(s), its well-being and its concerns from that of a general club member?
  • How has the applicant made a positive contribution to the issues or concerns championed by the club(s) and to the larger community of which the club(s) is a part?
    • How have they helped to raise awareness of the club(s) and/or its concerns?
    • Have they played a role in expanding the scope or depth of the club’s mandate?
    • Have they been successful in fundraising?
    • How have they acted as an advocate for the club’s issues or concerns on campus or in the larger community?
    • Have they been recognized for their club(s) activities by off campus individuals, groups or media?
    • Have their activities with the club(s) enriched the lives of students on campus?
    • Have their activities with the club(s) enriched the lives of members of the larger community of which they are a part?
  • Has the applicant demonstrated innovation through their involvement with the club(s)?
    • How have they demonstrated originality, daring or a unique perspective through their involvement with the club(s)?
    • Have their activities with the club(s) filled or addressed a void in student or community services or concerns on campus?

Scholarship Recipients

2015 / 2016 2014 / 2015 2013 / 2014 2012 / 2013
Lucy Ni
Raveen Virk
Tejeswin Sharma
Chinmoy Ayachit
Rebecca Ng
Vidhya Bavanala
Julie Le
Ananya Parasor
Ryan Wallace
Maria Servito
Leah Schmidt
Emily Leedham
Vanessa Sim
Khulud Baig
Maaz Shahid
Hilary Jahelka
Keon Ma
Delano Civitarese
Christine Ochitwa
Abdulrahaman Alnoaimi
Lyndsey Ritz
Zainab Malik
Lisa Bui
Andrea Oakunsheyld
Amy Li
Khulud Baig
Sasha Krioutchkova
Kirsty McGowan
Amanda Boadi
Peter (Jianrui) Liu
Andreina Varela
Corinna Liu
Erin Langill
Furla Lau
Heather McCreedy
Julia Milner
Lynn Peterson
Nikki Hau
Peter (Jianrui) Liu
Shannon Krochenski
2011 / 2012 2010 / 2011 2009 / 2010 2008 / 2009
Corinna Liu
Ginelle Polini
Heywood Mok
Joseph Rino
Joshua Beckie
Nicolas Corbeil
Shams Amiry
Shannon Benson
Stefani Smith
Stephenie Healey
Carl Severson
Daniel Pagan
Erik Olsson
Giang Trinh
Jonathan Lercher
Kristen Powell
Lindsey Bingley
Michelle Huie
Patty Rohs
Shannon Benson
Adam Zelmer
Andrew Sedor
Guillermo Guglietti
Haley Kluge
Kathryn Dupuis
Kelsey Shacker
Lara Schmitz
Matthew Diteljan
Michael Polischuk
Miles Aronson
Tommy Au
Allison Bonang
Michael Cheung
Adam Hering
Kathleen Hosfield
Jasmine Ing
Scott Johnston
Zina Kwan
Lloyd Richards
Andrea Szewchuck


Club Award Categories & Previous Winners

Each award is accompanied by an endowment of $250.00 to the winning club. The 2015-2016 winners were recently honored at the Club Awards Banquet. Check out the photos on ClubHub!

Nomination Evaluation Criteria

Clubs Committee evaluates all award nominations except those sponsored by other offices (see below). A written justification for each specific award must be provided on the nomination form (Available January 3). Nominations are evaluated for:

  • Fit with the award description;
  • Impact to students at the U of C; and,
  • Quality of nomination.

Certain awards, such as the Sustainability award, have specific criteria (see descriptions, below). Remember that award nominations will be evaluated for quality over quantity!

Nominations are now closed. Finalist clubs will receive an email within three weeks of the deadline. Winners will be announced at the Club Awards Banquet on April 5. Good luck everyone!

Nomination Deadline: February 28, 2017


If Student Organizations are good at one thing it’s championing important social or political causes, but it takes passionate executives, volunteers, and members to be successful. The winner of this award has provided opportunities for students to take up an important issue or cause which aim to make a difference in the lives of students at the University of Calgary. Whether or not they were successful in their advocacy, this club relentlessly pursued their goal of offering opportunities for student to affect lasting positive change in our community and beyond. 

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014-2015 - Distress Centre on Campus
  • 2013-2014 - Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club
  • 2012-2013 - Solidarity for Palestinian Human Rights
  • 2011-2012 - Students for a Free Tibet
  • 2010-2011 - Community Rehabilitation and Disability Studies Students' Association

Alumni Engagement (Sponsored by UCalgary Alumni)

For the club that engages alumni with the campus community. This club actively seeks, promotes and fosters alumni participation in student, campus and community events and initiatives. Tell us about how your club has bridged the relationship between students and alumni and what that means to your club and the campus community as a whole.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014-2015 - Faculty of Arts Students' Association
  • 2013-2014 - Rundle Group of Geology
  • 2012-2013 - Society of Undergraduates in Economics
  • 2011-2012 - Filipino Students' Association
  • 2010-2011 - Engineering Students' Society

Best New Club

Despite the diverse range of interests existing SU Clubs represent, students may see a need to develop a niche activity or new group within the Clubs family. For this reason many students take it upon themselves to start a club with like-minded peers. The winner of this award has created a thriving organization, filling a niche on campus and launching their club. Within their first year they have excelled at recruiting members, hosting events, and managing their affairs in order to establish themselves as a lasting fixture of our campus community

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014-2015 - Bear Necessities Calgary
  • 2013-2014 - Oxfam Calgary - University of Calgary Chapter
  • 2012-2013 - The British Club
  • 2011-2012 - Women in Leadership
  • 2010-2011 - Japanese Students' Association

Campus Pride (Sponsored by Leadership and Student Engagement, U of C)

For the club that demonstrates the most campus pride and involvement across campus. This club visibly celebrates our campus, and promotes a spirit of wellness, community and a place where students can use their strengths and talents. This includes engaging in cross programming and collaborative efforts outside the SU (including faculties, with Student Service departments, the Dinos or on projects that meet the University’s Eyes High goals), or with other clubs. Tell us about your efforts in building pride in the U of C and why it’s important to your club. Please also provide some examples of how you have achieved this in the past. Please provide examples and highlight for us how you plan to continue these efforts should you receive this award.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014-2015 - Distress Centre on Campus
  • 2013-2014 - UC Cheer
  • 2012-2013 - UC Cheer
  • 2011-2012 - Queers on Campus
  • 2010-2011 - Spread the Love

Club of the Year 

The Students’ Union believes that student organizations are an invaluable part of the undergraduate student experience at the University of Calgary. Students are encouraged to form and administer sustainable and financially responsible clubs that practice good governance and create an inclusive, respectful, and fun environment. The winner of this award has been exceptionally successful in most, if not all, other award categories. They have demonstrated exceptional effort improving the quality of student life and education through strong leadership, community service, and advocacy in sustainable, innovative ways, engaging all members of the campus community and beyond. They really are the bee’s knees. 

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014-2015 - Consent Awareness and Sexual Education Club
  • 2013-2014 - Distress Centre on Campus
  • 2012-2013 - Women in Leadership
  • 2011-2012 - Translation Association
  • 2010-2011 - Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy Students' Association


The SU encourages student organizations to collaborate among one another. The winner of this award has demonstrated excellence in their endeavors to extend their events beyond their own membership, thereby encouraging greater participation within the campus community. Their collaborations with other SU Clubs have led to greater cultural, social, and individual understanding of issues, creating a more welcoming, open, and diverse ethos among University of Calgary undergraduates.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014-2015 - Faculty of Arts Students' Association
  • 2013-2014 - European Council
  • Introduced in 2013

Community Service 

Many clubs exist explicitly to provide community services. Giving back to the wider community is woven into the fiber of the club’s mandate and existence. The winner of this award has demonstrated outstanding commitment to this mandate, participating in or planning events that benefit the community as a whole. Through fundraising, volunteering, and awareness campaigns, this club has directly improved the quality of life within their community and enhanced student life in the process.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014-2015 - Making Waves Canada - Calgary Chapter
  • 2013-2014 - Amnesty International U of C
  • 2012-2013 - Right to Play
  • 2011-2012 - Step Forward
  • 2010-2011 - Social Work Students' Association

First Year Engagement (Sponsored by Leadership and Student Engagement, U of C)

For the club that actively seeks, includes and engages first year students at the U of C. This club helps to build a sense of community and engagement across campus, and particularly among new students. Connecting with, promoting and supporting first year membership is a part of its mandate and a purposeful action taken to help students connect to a wide breadth of engagement activities on campus and to build a sense of community within the U of C. Tell us how your club has engaged first year students and created an environment of inclusiveness? Please provide examples and highlight for us how you plan to continue these efforts should you receive this award..

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014-2015 - Model United Nations Team, U of C
  • 2013-2014 - Kinesiology Students' Society
  • 2012-2013 - Kinesiology Students' Society
  • 2011-2012 - Kinesiology Students' Society
  • 2010-2011 - Kinesiology Students' Society


The SU is proud to say that with over 300 clubs, there’s one for everyone! Unique, innovative, and niche interests are represented by the diversity exemplified among our student organizations. The winner of this award has diversified their activities in new ways, pioneered creative programs, or adapted existing fundraising efforts or events to distinctly and effectively attract members and provide otherwise non-existent services to the University of Calgary community. 

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014-2015 - Origami-Aid
  • 2013-2014 - Harry Potter Quidditch Club
  • 2012-2013 - Persian Gulf Club
  • 2011-2012 - Synchronized Swimming Club
  • 2010-2011 - Engineers Without Borders


Strong club leadership is essential to form effective, long-lasting, and valuable student organizations. Clubs that demonstrate exceptional internal leadership also act as positive examples within the SU Clubs community. These forward-thinking organizations help to develop leadership qualities within their community as well as among their executives. Through their events, activities, and services provided to students, the winner of this award exemplifies leadership at the University of Calgary.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014-2015 - Model United Nations Team, U of C
  • 2013-2014 - Calgary Healthcare Improvement Network
  • 2012-2013 - Engineers Without Borders
  • 2011-2012 - Calgary Students Offering Support
  • 2010-2011 - Commerce Undergraduate Society

*NEW* Longevity, Ongoing Vitality, and Engagement (LOVE)

For a club who has demonstrated a strong commitment to developing and nourishing the long-term vision of their club. This club successfully transitions each year between executive teams and has created a strong foundation for engaging many generations of students. This club exemplifies the vitality that should be embodied by all clubs through their engagement with SU Clubs programming. The winner of this award will be chosen by Clubs Committee based on the club that has completed their SU Clubs Survival Guide Checklist, thereby demonstrating a commitment to attending survival seminars and club workshops, participating in the Jr Executive program, collaborating with the CSO, meeting club deadlines and following procedures, and focusing on successful transition between executive teams.

  • Introduced in 2015/16

Quality of Education 

Active in both curricular and co-curricular aspects of post-secondary life, the winners of this award provides quality academic services and support to students at the University of Calgary. Benefiting members and non-members alike, this club’s events and programs go beyond the in-classroom experience to ensure students receive quality education. They take steps to bridge accessibility gaps, create a positive learning environment, and improve students’ chances of academic success.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014-2015 - Neuroscience Students' Association
  • 2013-2014 - Easy Ace
  • 2012-2013 - Biology Students' Association
  • 2011-2012 - Strategic Management Association
  • 2010-2011 - Education Students' Association

Student Life

While all SU Clubs are a vital part of student life on campus, the winners of this award have made outstanding contributions above and beyond for both their members and students in general. Making a difference outside of the classroom, creating a sense of community on campus, and tangibly improving the quality of undergraduates’ student experience at the University of Calgary are all contributing factors.

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014-2015 - Muslim Students' Association
  • 2013-2014 - Engineering Students' Society
  • 2012-2013 - Peer Listening & Wellness Group
  • 2011-2012 - Queers on Campus
  • 2010-2011 - U of C Ski Club

Sustainability (Sponsored by the U of C Office of Sustainability)

The United Nations has defined sustainable development as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”. It is a complex and broad issue that incorporates four interconnected pillars of nature/environment, economy, society, and wellbeing. This award recognizes a club that has significantly engaged the campus community in any or all of these dimensions. 

Note that the Office of Sustainability uses the following criteria to evaluate this award:

  • Impact: Demonstrated by the quantitative measures of effects, scope of influence and longevity or lasting effect
  • Complexity: Demonstrated by the extent to which the nominee impacted multiple aspects of sustainability
  • Innovation: Demonstrated by the innovation displayed and originality of the nominee’s contribution
  • Collaboration: Demonstrated by the degree of collaboration involved and/or engagement of multiple stakeholders
  • Commitment: Demonstrated by the amount of time invested, effort and persistence

Previous Recipients:

  • 2014-2015 - Bear Necessities Calgary
  • 2013-2014 - Eco Club
  • 2012-2013 - Hope 2 Opportunity
  • 2011-2012 - Environmental Law Society
  • 2010-2011 - Bike Root - Campus Bike Initiative

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