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 Sunday, April 8th, 2018.


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.


Friday, March 16, 2018 Applications released to members of the Red & White Student Organization

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 Application reminder annoucement at Red & White General Body Meeting 

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Applications Due - by noon

Monday, April 9 - Monday, April 16, 2018
Review of applications by selection committee.

Week of April 16, 2018
Selection Committee to select award winner – via conference call

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Winners notified

Thursday, September 27, 2018
Winner of award attends Rensselaer Alumni Association Awards Dinner


Past Winner


Gavin Allcorn '19
Laurel Dean '18
Connor Hart '19


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


Whitney Gervais '16
Gavin Noritsky '16


Whitney Gervais '16
Elise Budd '15

Thank you!

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