Leadership Legacy Award

The CDLS Leadership Legacy Award is now accepting applications for the Spring 2014 semester.

Applications are due by Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 5 pm.

Submit a Recommendation Letter

General Information
Coordinated by Rider University’s Center for the Development of Leadership Skills, the CDLS Leadership Legacy Award will be presented to one graduating Rider University student at the annual Awards Banquet at the end of each academic year.

This prestigious recognition, comprised of a plaque and a $300 award, is presented to a Rider senior who has demonstrated excellence in leadership through service to others while at Rider University.  The recipient of this award will demonstrate that they have:

  • Worked toward promoting positive change on behalf of others and society

  • Created a leadership culture within their organization(s) that focuses on providing service to others

  • Valued team leadership and inclusiveness above individual leadership

  • Led their organization(s) members with a “long term view” by mentoring and preparing future leaders

  • Made significant leadership contributions to their organization(s) and to the Rider community that will continue beyond their time at Rider (e.g., programming, events)

  • Led in their leadership position with integrity and the respect of their organization(s) membership and the Rider community

Additionally, candidates will show that they have provided true leadership and service to the University by demonstrating they have worked toward: 

  • Ensuring that whoever comes into contact with Rider has a positive experience. 

  • Developing a culture where everyone feels appreciated, involved, supported and challenged to their best. 

  • Leaving an improved Rider University to the next generation of leaders.

Additional Criteria

  1. Candidates must be a senior graduating either the Spring semester the award is received or as of the August or December graduation date immediately after the award is received.

  2. Candidates need not demonstrate a breadth of involvement and contributions.  Rather, the candidate must demonstrate that their leadership has been focused on service to others and has made a significant and lasting impact in positively changing the Rider/community culture, whether it be through one or multiple organizations at Rider.   Examples of involvement include, volunteer student representation, committee involvement, academic organization leadership, student organization leadership, community service participation, residence hall leadership, or athletic leadership and participation.  

  3. Candidates must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of consideration.

  4. Candidates must not have been on any form of academic probation or have been found responsible for being in violation of any University policy during the past academic year.

  5. Candidates are eligible to receive this award only once.

Evaluation Process
Application packets are reviewed by the members of the CDLS Advisory Board.  When evaluating applicants for an award, the selection committee looks for the extent to which applicants have demonstrated the above mentioned criteria. CDLS Advisory Board decisions are final and are kept confidential until the awards ceremony.

Interview Round of the Selection Process
From the students who have best demonstrated their fulfillment of the award criteria through their application, the top candidates for the award will be chosen to participate in a 30 minute interview with the selection committee during the week of March 24, 2014.  Based upon the interview and the overall application, an award recipient will be determined.

All candidates will be notified of their application status during the week of March 10, 2014.   

2013 Leadership Legacy Award Winner

Louis ChebetarCongratulations to Mr. Louis Chebetar, the recipient of the 2013 CDLS Leadership Legacy Award.  While at Rider, Louis was able to make significant and lasting impacts in numerous campus organizations.  His drive to build relationships with people, as well as his determination to mentor younger leaders so they may develop their leadership capacities, was reflected in his strong connection to Rider’s Community Values Statement.  With the Rider Runners, he developed and implemented the annual Run Over Violence 5K, which has raised significant funds for Womanspace.  Additionally, his contributions to the SGA will continue to assist in the more efficient and effective management of the organization and provide means with which to maintain standards and accountability.

Previous Winners

  • 2012: Brian Williams
  • 2011: Michael Zilly
  • 2010: Heather Fischler


If you have any questions about the application process or the information sessions, please e-mail us at cdls@rider.edu. We look forward to receiving your application packets.

When completing the online application, please note that the application cannot be saved and completed at a later time. As a result, ensure that you have enough time and all required information to complete the application before beginning the process.