The Center for the Development of Leadership Skills is pleased to have selected our 2021 CDLS Leadership Legacy Award recipient! The application process for the 2022 award will open in January 2022. Please scroll down to read about our 2021 recipient!
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 $200 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Candidates must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 at the time of consideration.
- 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.
- Candidates are eligible to receive this award only once.
Application packets are reviewed by the members of the CDLS Leadership Legacy Award Committee. When evaluating applicants for an award, the selection committee looks for the extent to which applicants have demonstrated the above mentioned criteria. Committee decisions are final.
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 in late March. 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 third week in March 2021. The award will be presented to the recipient at the Senior Awards Convocation ceremony at the end of the Spring semester.
2021 Leadership Legacy Award Recipient
Congratulations to Ms. Samantha Wheeler, the recipient of the 2021 CDLS Leadership Legacy Award. To her admission, Samantha wasn’t actively involved in many extracurricular activities while in high school, so when she arrived at Rider, she was determined to be an engaged and active member of the Rider community. Her determination paid off and not only did it benefit her own growth as a leader, it benefitted our community, especially first-year students. She was a Freshman Seminar Peer Mentor, GLASS Mentor, and SNO Peer Coach. Most notably, she was an Orientation Leader for two years, one of them being during Summer 2020 when all Orientation activities had to become virtual. Not only did she complete her duties to welcome new students, she went above and beyond her role to help design and plan new strategies to engage and educate new students in a virtual environment (many of them which will continue to be utilized). Samantha’s legacy lies in the many connections she made with new students to welcome them, acclimate them to college life, support them throughout their first year, and encourage them to get out of their comfort zones to contribute in their own ways to the Rider community.
- 2020: Antonio Lombardi
- 2019: Alex Solomon
- 2018: David Eggert
- 2017: Jessica Angerstein
- 2016: Christina Diecidue
- 2015: Jessica Bohnenbeger
- 2014: Lorelei Colbert
- 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 [email protected]. 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.