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Remington R. Williams Award

2023 Award recipients
Inaugural Remington R. Williams Awards recipients Jonathan Jain, Rishabh Mahendra, Gabrielle Balaa, and Ethan Joly from MU pictured with UM Board of Curators Chair Robin Wenneker (left), Remington's father Marty Williams (second from right), and UM President Mun Choi (far right). 

Recognizing Outstanding Student Leaders of the Year


The Remington R. Williams Awards are given in memory of Mr. Williams and his outstanding service as Student Representative to the University of Missouri Board of Curators (2020-2022), a role in which he served as a champion for undergraduate and graduate students. Each recipient will receive a leadership medal to wear at graduation, an invitation to attend a Board of Curators meeting at their institution to be recognized and a $1,000 award. (CRR 220.055)


Click here to see a list of recipients.

To learn more about Remington and the inspiration for the award, click here


Eligibility Criteria

These awards, which are the highest non-academic award bestowed on students by the University of Missouri Board of Curators, are reserved for exceptional student leaders who have:

  • Made a positive impact on the institution by celebrating and championing the highest ideals and mission of the university 
  • Inspired the growth and development of fellow students 
  • Advocated for the college experience, both academic and extracurricular 
  • Exhibited outstanding character and collaborative spirit at all times

Nominated students must also meet the following minimum criteria for consideration:

  • Student must be involved in at least two student organizations and have held a major leadership position in at least one of those groups
  • Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Student must be a full-time undergraduate (sophomore or junior standing), graduate, or professional student at the time of nomination, with plans to be enrolled the following academic year

Nomination Process

The guidelines for submitting a nomination and the process for reviewing nominations is outlined below.

  • Submissions: Any student, faculty, or staff member may nominate a qualified individual for the award.    
  • University Review (UR) Committee: All qualified nominations should be submitted to the University Williams Award Committee. This committee should consist of the institution’s Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs (or equivalent), Dean of the Graduate School (if applicable), Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies (or equivalent), and one representative appointed each from the Faculty Council/Senate and the Student Government Association. Each university may develop a process for pre-screening applications. The University Review Committee shall provide a letter of recommendation for each nomination sent forward.
  • Chancellor Review: The University Williams Award Committee is charged with reviewing all nominations in a thorough, timely manner and making recommendations to the Chancellor. The Chancellor’s Office will coordinate a review by the institution’s Office of Institutional Equity & Title IX. Then, the Chancellor will review the committee’s recommendations and make a final determination regarding which nominations will move forward. The Chancellor shall provide a letter of recommendation for each nomination sent forward.
  • UM System Committee: The Chancellor’s recommendations will be forwarded to the UM System Office of Academic Affairs, which will review the nomination materials for quality and completeness and forward them to the Office of General Counsel to perform a background check. The nominations will then be provided to the UM System Williams Award Committee. This committee will be comprised of a minimum of 3 members of the Board of Curators, to be appointed by the Chair on an annual basis each fall.
  • Selection: The UM System Williams Award Committee is charged with selecting six students to receive the award. The University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC), the Missouri University of Science and Technology (S&T), and the University of Missouri – St. Louis (UMSL) will each select one student. The University of Missouri – Columbia (MU) will select three students.

Nomination Timeline

The following timeline will be used on an annual basis to determine the recipients of the Williams Outstanding Student Leader of the Year Awards.


Date Action
1st Weekday of November Call for Nominations
Last Friday of January Last day to submit nominations
4th Friday of February UR Committee begins review of nominations
3rd Friday of March UR Committee recommendations due to Chancellor’s Office
1st Friday of April Chancellor recommendations due to System Committee
April - May System Committee reviews and makes selections
June Board Meeting Newly awarded recipients announced/recognized
September Board Meeting UMKC recipient recognized during Board Chair’s Report
November Board Meeting UMSL recipient recognized during Board Chair’s Report
February Board Meeting MU recipients recognized during Board Chair’s Report
April Board Meeting S&T recipient recognized during Board Chair’s Report

Reviewed 2024-05-15