Leadership and Service Awards

For additional information on each award, including nomination criteria, you can review the awards descriptions. Nominations open in the spring semester. Nominate a student or student group using the nomination form.

Individual Awards

Student Leadership and Service Award

Honors students who have consistently given their time, energy, and talents to promote positive change and growth in the Mount Holyoke community, and in so doing have motivated others to do the same. These students will have demonstrated dedication and depth of experiences.

Maurice Rabbino Award

This award was established in 1978 by Irma L. Rabbino ’53 to honor her father by recognizing a student who has made a significant contribution to the life of Mount Holyoke College.

The Helen Warren Smith Award

Established in 1979 by Helen Warren Smith, class of 1908, this award honors a student whose interest, involvement, and service to the Mount Holyoke College community have been outstanding.

The Kelly Sottile Community Service Award

This award honors students who demonstrate a high level of personal commitment to the community beyond the campus.

The Frances Harriet Williams Award

Established by the family of Frances H. Williams ’19 in 1981, this award is presented to a student who passionately pursues her goal of academic excellence, social justice, or service to others.

McCulloch Center: Global Engagement Award

This award recognizes students who have demonstrated outstanding commitment to raising awareness on campus of critical global issues.

Emerging Leader Award

This award honors two students in their first or second year of the College who show leadership promise through their contributions to student life and community building.

Golden Lyon Award

This award recognizes students who have positively influenced a program or organization from behind the scenes with a positive attitude, a willingness to help in whatever capacity necessary, and a commitment to excellence.

Group Awards

MoZone Community Builders Award

This award recognizes the student organization who has done extraordinary work creating a diverse and inclusive community; presented by the MoZone Social Justice Peer Education program.


Excellence in Diversity Programming Award

This award recognizes the program that taught, supported, or practiced a commitment to diversity, underrepresented communities, diversity training and/or social justice at Mount Holyoke College.

Programs which occurred between Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 are eligible for the award. 

Distinguished Student Organization Award

This award honors recognized student organizations and their distinguished level of contribution to the MHC community through planned events and programs on campus.

Excellence in Programming Award

The Excellence in Programming Award recognizes a student organization or committee, for its exceptional creativity, planning, and execution of a campus-wide program.

Programs which occurred between Spring 2016 and Fall 2016 are eligible for the award.