The Legacy Leader Award recognizes individuals who have served as leaders within the college union profession and have worked throughout to advance campus community building. What makes this award unique is that it is a recognition by fellow ACUI members and colleagues of an individual's work in the field, spirit, and character.

By nominating an individual for this award, you agree to fundraise on their behalf. “Champions” will be provided with a toolbox of resources, and a member of the Education and Research Fund Program Team and staff at the ACUI Central Office will be assigned to help you reach your fundraising minimum of $2,500.

Potential recipients should not be notified of the nomination or selection until awards are presented at the Honors Ceremony at the Annual Conference.

Criteria and Eligibility

  • Minimum of seven years of service to the college union and/or student activities profession
  • Minimum of five years of leadership service to ACUI on a regional and/or international level
  • Active participation in advancing the mission of the Education and Research Fund through the years
  • Recognized by colleagues, friends, or students for extraordinary service to the field
  • Membership in ACUI


To nominate an individual for the Legacy Leader Award, complete the form and supporting documents no later than November 20.

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The Education and Research Fund Program Team will review all nominations, select the recipients, and notify nominators of the status of their nomination by mid-December. A physical award will be given to the recipients, who will be recognized during the awards ceremony at the Annual Conference and in subsequent publications.