Student Awards

Alton Thibodeaux

Who is Alton Thibodeaux?

Alton Thibodeaux Jr., was a pioneer in the university's diversity programs. Joining UNT in 1972 as assistant director of financial aid, the late Thibodeaux became founding director of the Office of Equal Opportunity and the university’s first African American equal opportunity officer in 1977.

Read more about Alton Thibodeaux.

How can you submit your nomination?

To learn how you can nominate a deserving UNT student for an award visit studentaffairs.unt.edu/honors-day.

For the Sherman/Barsanti Inspiration Award, email Nancy.Hong@unt.edu.

UNT students are known for being leaders and for making a difference in the world around them. Our student awards recognize students who embody service excellence, dedication, and who excel in their academics. They go above and beyond to pursue their talents and passions and stand out for being creators and innovators.

UNT is proud to honor and recognize the outstanding achievements of our students who shine in and out of the classroom, who lead by example and who personify the generosity of the Mean Green spirit. And through hard work and dedication they make significant contributions to student activities, campus and community life. These awards are given at Honors Day, commencement and other campus events to showcase the contributions of UNT students who help make UNT a world-class university.

Sherman /Barsanti Inspiration Award

The award recognizes students who exhibit extraordinary originality and dedication to their creative pursuits and who have a marked capacity for self-direction. The awards are intended to encourage students of outstanding talent to pursue their creative, intellectual and professional inclinations. Award recipients may be aspiring writers, scientists, artists, social scientists, humanists, teachers or entrepreneurs. This award is presented annually at the Inspiration Awards Reception.

Community Engagement Honor Roll

The honor roll recognizes undergraduates with 100 hours of service and transfer and graduate students with at least 50 hours of service who have volunteered and serve in their communities. Graduates wear the Community Engagement Graduation Cord at commencement.

President's List

Students who earn a 4.0 semester GPA in a minimum of 12 hours of graded coursework in residence at UNT are recognized on the list. The Fall 2015 President's List will be posted when information is finalized. 

Departmental Award

These awards are bestowed by academic departments to honor students’ stellar achievements. Departments submit award selections and recipients are recognized in the campus wide Honors Day ceremony.

Student Speaker Award

The award goes to a student who carries at least a 3.0 GPA and who has a message to share from the student perspective about the path to collegiate scholarship and campus life. This award is presented in the campus wide Honors Day ceremony.

Alton Thibodeaux Leadership in Diversity

Inspired by the late Alton Thibodeaux who served in many capacities for UNT including administrator and advisor, the award is presented to a student, faculty, staff, alumni or any member of the UNT community who exemplifies work and dedication to promoting diversity and multiculturalism. This award is presented in the campus wide Honors Day ceremony.