RAA Red & White Emerging Leader Award

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Award Information

In 2013, the Rensselaer Alumni Association (RAA) established an endowment to help support the programs and needs of the alumni and students of Rensselaer. The award funded by this Endowment is an annual cash award(s) to be given to three individuals, either sophomore or junior status who are members of the Red & White Student Organization at RPI.

The current cash award will be valued at three prizes of $1,500 each. A student may only win the award once.

The candidates must show exceptional leadership and be extremely committed to Rensselaer and the Rensselaer Alumni Association's mission. The candidates must have made a meaningful and lasting contribution to the relationship between Rensselaer students and alumni communities. The candidates must showcase the student and alumni initiatives they have been involved with and the meaningful impact they have had on the organization. In addition, the candidate should be in good academic standing and maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or above.

Finally, the chosen candidate must agree to attend the RAA Awards Dinner, so that they may be recognized along with other past and current RAA award winners.


Download the application and Submit to Kailah Borchers at borchk2@rpi.edu by Friday, March 24, 2017 at noon


The award committee will be comprised of the RAA President, the Executive Director of the Rensselaer Alumni Association, the Alumni Office Advisor to Red & White, and two at-large member of the RAA.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017 Application Announcement at Red & White General Body Meeting

Thursday, February 16, 2017 Applications released to members of the Red & White Student Organization

Friday, March 24, 2017
Applications Due - by noon

Wednesday, March 29 – Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Review of applications by selection committee.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Selection Committee to select award winner – via conference call

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Winner notified

Thursday, October 12, 2017
Winner of award attends Rensselaer Alumni Association Awards Dinner


Past Winner


Elise Budd '15


Whitney Gervais '16
Gavin Noritsky '16


Tanner Hart ’17
Julia Lane ’17
Claire Lukasiewicz ’17

Thank you!

A special thank you to the Rensselaer Alumni Association for their great support of our membership of the Red & White Student Organization.