Diamond Award

Diamond Award

The Diamond Award is the highest recognition by Student Affairs given to a Temple University undergraduate student.  This recognition is based on a holistic evaluation of the student’s accomplishments.  The award is reserved for those who have demonstrated superior leadership, academic achievement, service to the University, and impact on a community (local, regional, or global).  Through their leadership, it is clear that they are set apart from others as especially deserving of this unique honor.  Award recipients are recognized at the Annual Diamond Award Ceremony. 


Prior to 2006, the Diamond Award Ceremony celebrated students who received awards from the Office of Student Activities.  These awards were reserved primarily for student organization leaders. In order to reach a larger population of the student body the Division of Student Affairs revised the awards program in 2006 to celebrate undergraduate students, University-wide, who received significant awards.  The awards that were recognized at the Ceremony were selected by a committee of administrators.  Previous award recipients included a Marshall Scholar recipient, Male and Female Athlete of the Year and the Student Leader of the Year Award.

In the fall of 2007, the Diamond Award selection process was revised again to allow the Division of Student Affairs to celebrate the student’s overall Temple experience.  This new process allows all students to apply for a Diamond Award.  The new criteria enable the selection committee to recognize students for a combination of academic excellence, leadership, service to the University community and positive impact on the University community.

Application Criteria

  1. Academic excellence. Undergraduate applicants must maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average while enrolled at Temple. Minimum grade point averages are a single component of the selection process; academic excellence also includes students’ demonstration of a passion for learning, willingness to explore new ideas, and creative application of knowledge to real-world solutions. Academic excellence is a demonstration of the applicant’s intellect and commitment to education.
  2. Service to the University. Service to the University involves providing leadership and support to service initiatives that benefit the University community, the state of Pennsylvania, the nation, and/or the world. Service may include, but is not limited to, involvement in a student organization(s), volunteering in the Temple community or abroad, positional leadership on campus or in the community, and employment on-campus. Preference is given to applicants who provide leadership for service initiatives, act with integrity while serving, and represent Temple University with pride.
  3. Impact. Applicants will be evaluated based on the overall impact of their work to the University, the community, and the world. An applicant’s contribution or service should produce a positive change for others. Areas of impact may include, but are not limited to, academic fields of study, social change, cultural awareness, and/ or environmental preservation.
  4. Leadership. The applicant demonstrates effectiveness as a leader on- and off-campus. Leadership is about empowering others, challenging the process, and creating a positive change. Leadership is not strictly positional; it also involves followership and being a good team player.


Application Guidelines

  1. Applicants must be classified as junior (60-89 credit hours) or senior (90+ credit hours) status.
  2. Applicants must have been enrolled at Temple for at least one academic year.
  3. Applicants graduating during the term of application must be enrolled for at least the number of hours required for graduation.
  4. Applicants must be free of University disciplinary sanctions.
  5. Undergraduate applicants must have a minimum cumulative 3.00 GPA. Applications from students with GPA’s below these minimum requirements will not be considered.
  6. Applicants agree by participating in the process to have their academic and discipline records examined by the Selection Committee.
  7. Applications that are incomplete in any way or submitted after the deadline will not be forwarded to the Selection Committee.


2022 Diamond Award

The 2022 Diamond Award application submission period begins February 1, 2022, and the deadline for applications is March 18, 2022, by 11:59 p.m.  Applications and letters of recommendation are both due at that time.  When a student submits his or her application, an email is sent to the provided references requesting letters of recommendation. Applicants should try to submit their applications before the deadline, in order to give their references time to upload their letters of recommendation.

Correction: The in-person ceremony will be held on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, NOT Wednesday,  April 27, as originally stated.

Click here to learn more about the Diamond Award selection process.