In 2013, the Student Government Association (SGA) introduced the River Hawk Award as a means of recognizing outstanding members of the UMass Lowell undergraduate student body. On an annual basis, nominations are gathered and reviewed by the SGA Public Relations Committee. Recipients are presented with a resolution from the SGA and recognized at a banquet at the end of the Spring Semester.
Every undergraduate student at UMass Lowell, or group comprised primarily of undergraduate students from the university, is eligible to be nominated for a River Hawk award.
The River Hawk Award serves to distinguish UMass Lowell students or organizations whose unique achievements and noteworthy initiatives may otherwise not be formally recognized by the university. Recipients should have made a significant contribution to the university or surrounding community through a particular initiative, project or event, or through ongoing efforts. Further, recipients should set an outstanding example for their peers and demonstrate pride for the university.
Nominees may be submitted by any member of the UMass Lowell community, including but not limited to: students, staff, faculty and administrators. Nominations should include a one paragraph explanation of how the nominee qualifies for the award, and may be submitted to SGAPublicRelations@student.uml.edu
Nominations are referred to the SGA Public Relations Committee, comprised of elected representatives of the undergraduate student body, which holds one meeting to consider all nominees. The Committee narrows the field of nominees down to five award recipients through a voting process conducted after all nomination statements are thoroughly reviewed. Following the meeting, nominators are informed of the results of the selection process. The selected recipients are invited to attend a banquet held on a date to be determined by the committee.