Celebrating Students

Group photo taken at the Portland-Metro Student Awards 2023 Ceremony
Celebrating Students
Each year students are nominated by the community for special honors.

Oregon Tech students deserve recognition for their achievements, dedication and service. Any Faculty, Administrator, Staff, or Student may submit a student award nomination letter. You may nominate multiples students for the same award or one student for several, and a student may nominate him or herself.

Portland-Metro Student Awards

Check Back in Winter Term for more Information on the 2023-2024 Nomination Cycle

There are four distinct awards for Portland-Metro Students: The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award, the Outstanding Community Service Award, Outstanding Student Involvement Award, and Graduate Student Achievement Award.


If you are nominating a student for a Portland-Metro specific award, please use the following online forms to submit a nomination.

Portland-Metro Awards Nominations are due by 5 p.m. on March 22, 2023.

Letter of Recommendations:

Students who have been nominated will be contacted by March 18th, 2023. Nominees will be asked to provide the name of an 3 individuals who Portland-Metro can contact to complete a Letter of Recommendation. Student Services reach out to those individuals(s) and asked to detail the student's qualifications toward the judging criteria for the specific award.

Portland-Metro Awards Letters of Recommendation are due by 5 p.m. on April 19, 2023.

Student Biography and Resume

Nominees will be asked to complete a Student Biography that will include the student's accomplishments in the judging criteria for the specific award. Nominees will also be asked to attach a professional resume.
(Submit Student Biography and Upload Resume).

Portland-Awards Student Biography and Resume are due by 5 p.m. on April 19, 2023.


Winners will receive a plaque with their name and award engraved. Winners names will also be added to the Student Awards plaques on campus. All nominees will receive certificates. Winners and nominees will be celebrated via Oregon Tech social media outlets.

2023-2024 Student Awards Commission, Portland-Metro Awards

Dr. Mandi Clark, Chair, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students
Josie Hudspeth, Interim Executive Director of Portland-Metro, Student Services
Kim Faks, Assistant Director of Student Involvement and Belonging
Yasha Rohwer, Humanities/ Social Sciences, HAS
Hugh Jarrard, Emergency Medical Services, HAS
Ian King, Business Management, ETM
Mostafa Saber, Manufacturing/ Mechanical Engineering Technology, ETM

University Wide Awards

All Oregon Tech students are eligible for University Awards. See list of University Wide Awards on the right.


If you are nominating a student for the University Wide Awards, please write a nomination letter identifying the following:

  • The student’s name and which award you are nominating them to receive*.
  • Clearly state how the student meets the student award criteria**
  • Give reasons why you are nominating the person for this award.
  • Include how you know the student and the nature of your relationships
  • Evaluate the students skills and accomplishments

*Nomination is only considered for the specific award stated in your letter. However, you may nominate a student for more than one award with a separate nomination letter.

**Criteria for each award is available on this page under Student Awards Criteria.

University Award Nomination Letter Deadline: 5 p.m. on March 17, 2023 to rachel.winters@oit.edu.

Letters of Recommendation:

The Student Awards Commission for University Awards requests that the student seek at least one recommendation letter (no more than 5) from a student, staff, faculty, friend or community member.

The letter should express their support for the student award nomination with a few points from the award criteria. These letters should include the student’s name, which award you are recommending the student receive, how the student meets the criteria for the award (please see criteria on this page.) Include a paragraph or sentence explaining how you know the person you are writing about and the nature of your relationship with them.

Recommendation Letter(s) for the University Awards must be received by 5 p.m. on April 14, 2023 to rachel.winters@oit.edu.

Nomination Review

The Student Awards Commission will meet in closed sessions to review the merits of each candidate. Students nominated for the Hiram M. Hunt Science Award or Academic Achievement Award may be asked to present to the Student Awards Commission.