STAR Awards

What are the STAR Awards?

In 1996 Missouri State University hosted the first ever Student Talent and Recognition (STAR) Awards Ceremony. Each year the STAR Awards ceremony honors outstanding student leaders and student organizations which have been nominated by various organizations, students, faculty, and staff. Since its beginning, STAR Awards has recognized over 350 students, organizations, and advisors at Missouri State.

About the awards and application process

On average, 150 applications are submitted to the Office of Student Engagement each year and nominations are taken from faculty, staff, students, and student organizations. We encourage you to make nominations for every award possible, for there are two categories: organization and individual.

No applications will be accepted via email or physically. Only those submitted utilizing the online nomination form will be accepted.

2024 STAR Awards

This occasion is best described as a business formal/cocktail event which surrounds its guests with elegant décor.

  • Monday, April 22nd
  • Location: PSU Ballroom
  • 5:00 pm

2024 STAR Awards Nominations

  • STAR Awards applications are LIVE on BearLink and are due by March 3, 2024 at 5:00 pm.
  • Self-Nominations are not accepted for the Individual Category.


Individual Awards Category 

Emerging Leader (Outstanding First Year) 

Outstanding Sophomore 

Outstanding Junior 

Outstanding Senior 

Outstanding Graduate Student 

Outstanding Transfer Student 

Outstanding First-Generation Student 

Outstanding Non-Traditional Student 

Outstanding Leader 

Outstanding Organizational Advisor

Living Our Values 

Organizational Awards Category

Mark of Distinction (Org of the Year)

Most Improved Organization 

Outstanding New Organization 

Outstanding Commitment to Public Affairs 

Outstanding Membership Development Initiative 

Outstanding Diversity & Inclusion Initiative 

Outstanding Social Media Presence 

Outstanding Academic or Educational Program 

Outstanding Social, Service, or Philanthropic Program

SGA Initiative Award (see form on BearLink)

Questions about STAR Awards?

If your question is not addressed above, please email or call the Office of Student Engagement at 417-836-4386.