Leadership Legacy Award

The CDLS Leadership Legacy Award is now accepting applications for the Spring 2015 semester.

Applications are due by Thursday, March 5, 2015 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 23, 2015.  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 9, 2015.   

2014 Leadership Legacy Award Winner

Congratulations to Ms. Lorelei Colbert, the recipient of the 2014 CDLS Leadership Legacy Award.  During her time at Rider, Lorelei was involved in a variety of campus organizations, including the Student Government Association, the Women’s Lacrosse Club, the Office of Admissions, Orientation, DAARSTOC, and the Senior Class Council.  Lorelei’s impact at Rider is far reaching, and her legacy lies in the contributions she has made.  As SGA President, she served the students by empowering them and recognizing their accomplishments.  She developed the Club Awards Banquet, as well as the Our House Campaign, an effort that connects students through eliciting campus pride and spirit.  Additionally, she is a founding member of the Women’s Lacrosse Club, an organization that has flourished with her leadership and guidance.  Lorelei is a respected member of the community who has made her positive and lasting mark at Rider by capitalizing on her abilities to engage individuals and build strong teams.

Previous Winners

  • 2013: Louis Chebetar
  • 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.