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Evening of the Stars

The Evening of the Stars Awards Celebration is an annual event held to highlight and honor student leadership and the 1,200 student organizations represented on The University of Texas at Austin campus.

Each spring, the recipients of various awards and scholarships coordinated by the Office of the Dean of Students are announced and celebrated for the achievements and contributions they have made to UT Austin and the Austin community. Student organizations and student leaders are an integral component of the fabric of the university and support the institution's mission. Student organizations at UT Austin and the students involved in these organizations enrich the lives of others by fostering a sense of community, a volunteer spirit and an activist approach.

The 15th Annual Evening of the Stars celebration took place on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.  This year's program had limited in-person attendance in Hogg Auditorium and was livestreamed to allow our entire community to join in the celebration.

View the digital program (pdf)
View the livestream recording on YouTube

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2021 Scholarships and Awardees

Maralyn Heimlich Scholarship

This scholarship is given in memory of Maralyn S. Heimlich, who served students at the University of Texas at Austin for more than twenty years. For the last eleven years of her service, she directed the orientation program for new students and was responsible for the training and teaching of the student staff and Orientation Advisors (OAs). Maralyn was a teacher, mentor, and friend to the OA staff who served as a professional role model by demonstrating respect and care in the way she performed her job duties and lived her life. It is these attributes and values we seek to honor and recognize in scholarship recipients.

2021 Recipients

Tejas Scholarship

Through the Tejas Club, members live a more complete life by sharing their personalities, abilities, and commitment to good fellowship and a high standard of conduct in order to encourage loyalty and usefulness to our school and further good scholarship. These scholarships recognize members whose service to UT Austin, the Tejas Club and the Austin community best demonstrates the application of these ideals.

2021 Recipients

Dean's Dozen

The Dean's Dozen Award recognizes thirteen students for their service to programs or departments within the Office of the Dean of Students, and for positive contributions they have made to our campus community. The Dean's Dozen Award celebrates graduating seniors, masters or doctoral students who are committed to and involved in enhancing the quality of The University of Texas at Austin student experience.

2021 Recipients

Glenn Maloney Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is given in memory of Glenn W. Maloney. Glenn served The University of Texas at Austin for 19 years, the last seven as Associate of Dean of Students. The Glenn Maloney Memorial Scholarship was established to remember Glenn's countless contributions to UT Austin and to recognize the students he loved. Through this scholarship, Glenn's enduring legacy is to continue helping the students whose lives he enriched.

2021 Recipients

Sean N. Bourgeois Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Established in honor of former Longhorn Hellraiser and engineering student, Sean N. Bourgeois, the Sean N. Bourgeois Memorial Endowed Scholarship recognizes a deserving student at The University of Texas at Austin who exemplifies qualities exuded by Sean: university spirit and campus involvement.

2021 Recipients

Theodore Henry Strauss Student Award For Exemplary University Service

The Strauss Student Award recognizes members of the Friar Society who have made significant contributions to the university through campus-wide activities.

2021 Recipients

Legislative Student Organization Scholarships

UT Student Government & University Co-Op Rebecca H. Carreon Scholarship

The UT Student Government & University Co-Op Rebecca H. Carreon Scholarship is for current students who have contributed to the University community and have financial need.

2021 Recipients

UT Senate of College Councils' William Powers Jr. Endowed Scholarship

As president of The University of Texas at Austin, Bill Powers oversaw a record-breaking capital campaign and defended and bolstered UT's role as a world-class institution. In his honor, the Senate of College Councils' William Powers Jr. Endowed Scholarship fund was created. Selected recipients have demonstrated academic excellence and leadership abilities.

2021 Recipients

SFL Awards

The Sorority and Fraternity Life Awards are designed to recognize outstanding Greek individuals, chapters, and advisors. The awards celebrate the achievements of our Greek community with award categories in service, scholastic achievement, community building, and leadership.

Sorority and Fraternity Life 2021 Individual Awards

Sorority and Fraternity Life Hyperion Award

In Greek mythology, Hyperion was known as the "Titan of Light," similarly these sorority and fraternity members are lights in their community. The Hyperion Award recognizes individuals committed to serving and improving the sorority and fraternity community. Their accomplishments are wide ranging and each recipient has made a unique and important contribution to their chapter, council, and university community. This year's recipients include chapter presidents, council officers, and individuals involved in university-wide service.

2021 Recipients

Outstanding Service and Philanthropy Award

The Outstanding Service and Philanthropy Award seeks to recognize individuals who are committed to engaging in hands-on service and philanthropy to create tangible support and awareness towards a specific cause.

Scholastic Excellence Award

The Scholastic Excellence Award recognizes individuals who have achieved excellence in both their academic and scholastic pursuits. The recipients not only excel academically in the class- room but also enrich their learning through internships, research, or independent projects.

Outstanding Leadership Award

The Outstanding Leadership Award seeks to recognize an individual who exemplifies leadership within their organization and within the UT Austin community and positively represent the sorority and fraternity community through these involvements. This leader should demonstrate strong character, the ability to motivate, problem solve, communicate, and create supportive environments for others.

Emerging Leader Award

The Emerging Leader Award seeks to recognize a fraternity and sorority member in their first year of membership who has shown great potential for future leadership through their contributions to their chapter, sorority and fraternity community, and the university.

Living Your Values Award

As members of values-based organizations, the Living Your Values Award seeks to recognize a sorority or fraternity member who exhibits and upholds their organizational values, purpose, ritual, and mission through their everyday actions. This member is a person that everyone is proud to consider a member of their organization and challenges other chapter members to also uphold the organization's values.

Outstanding Chapter President Award

The Outstanding Chapter President Award is awarded to chapter presidents who served their chapter during the 2020 calendar year and demonstrated strong chapter leadership, the ability to motivate others, strong character, and high ideals. This person is a role model to others and has made their chapter stronger during their time in office.

Outstanding Advisor or Volunteer

The Outstanding Advisor or Volunteer Award recognizes an individual who serves a Greek organization on a volunteer capacity. A role model for the organization and it's members, this person displays hard work and dedication toward helping the chapter, it's members, and the greater Sorority & Fraternity Community.

Member of the Year Award

The Member of the Year Award seeks to highlight the outstanding contributions of a fraternity or sorority member. This student exemplifies the mission, values, and purpose of their own organization and have made a significant impact in the sorority and fraternity community overall.

Sorority and Fraternity Life 2021 Chapter and Council Awards

Risk Management and Safety Council Award

The Council Risk Management and Safety Award is presented to a council that has established an effective program or implemented initiatives that educates members on how to mitigate risks, develops a culture of responsible decision making and accountability, and promotes member safety within their council. This award includes a $300 prize supported by the Transforming Texas Greeks fund.

Council Outstanding Community Building Award

The Outstanding Community Building Award is presented to a council who successfully creates a strong sense of community connection among members of its chapters. The council demonstrates that membership involves collaboration and community beyond the chapter level.

Council Commitment to Cultural Consciousness Award

The Commitment to Cultural Consciousness Award is presented to a council who actively promotes, sponsors and/or participates in programming and activities related to diversity, multiculturalism, and/or social justice. The Council encompasses an inclusive and welcoming environment that is enhanced by persons who differ in gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, socio-economic background, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and religious belief.

Chapter Commitment to Cultural Consciousness Award

The Commitment to Cultural Consciousness Award is presented to a chapter who actively promotes, sponsors and/or participates in programming and activities related to diversity, multiculturalism, and/or social justice. The Chapter encompasses an inclusive and welcoming environment that is enhanced by persons who differ in gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, socio-economic background, ability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and religious belief.

Chapter Service and Philanthropy Award

The Outstanding Service and Philanthropy Award recognizes a chapter that successfully engages their community to participate in hands-on service or in philanthropic efforts to support their chosen non-profit organization. This award is given to a chapter that has demonstrated excellence in providing service opportunities or establishing a commitment to philanthropic causes.

Chapter Scholastic Excellence Award

The Scholastic Excellence Award recognizes chapters that exhibit high academic achievement and promotes scholarship for their members. Chapters should foster an environment that positively promotes learning both in and out of the classroom for members. Chapters should encourage members to seek connections with professors, utilize academic support resources, and develop academic mentorship among members.

Chapter Outstanding New Member Program Award

The Outstanding New Member Program Award seeks to recognize a chapter that provides outstanding education to their new members and prepares them for membership and future success. The award recognizes programs that educate their new members on the values of the organization, creates relationships within the chapter and the community, teaches safe and responsible practices, encourages leadership, and ensures an understanding of chapter operations.

Chapter Excellence in Sustainability Award

The Excellence in Sustainability Award is presented to a chapter that successfully engages their members in sustainable actions and sustainability education. This award is given to the chapter that has demonstrated excellence in their community engagement with sustainability, commitment to a sustainable lifestyle, and a consistent drive to continuing sustainable habits by their organization and their members.

Chapter Risk Management and Safety Award

The Risk Management and Safety Award is presented to a chapter that has established an effective program or implemented new initiatives that educates members on how to mitigate risks, including public health, develops a culture of responsible decision making and accountability, and promotes member safety within their chapter. This award includes a $300 prize supported by the Transforming Texas Greeks fund.

Chapter Outstanding Educational Program

The Chapter Outstanding Educational Programming Award is presented to a chapter who identifies and provides relevant educational programming to their members. Educational programs may cover any topic that the chapter has identified as a priority and need for their members.

Chapter Outstanding innovation in Virtual Programming

The Chapter Outstanding Innovation in Virtual Programming Award recognizes a chapter that develops or adapts a programmatic initiative to a virtual, hybrid or an asynchronous format. Programs may cover any topic, on any platform or format that meets the needs rapidly changing need of their members.

Chapter Outstanding Siblinghood Award

The Chapter Siblinghood Award recognizes a chapter that successfully creates a strong sense of siblinghood. Strong siblinghood looks different in every chapter but always includes a sense of connection, care, and belonging among members.

Chapter Outstanding Community Relationships Award

The Chapter Outstanding Community Relationships Award recognizes a chapter that establishes meaningful relationships with community members and service groups, effectively communicates their goals and achievements with multiple stakeholders, and is engaged in the larger sorority and fraternity community through partnerships and collaborations with other organizations.

Chapter Excellence in Retention, Recruitment, and Intake Award

The Chapter Excellence in Retention, Recruitment, and Intake Award recognizes a chapter that recruits and retains members in a values congruent way and has experienced success in these areas from previous cycles.

Chapter of the Year Award

The Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award seeks to highlight the outstanding contributions of a sorority or fraternity chapter in The University of Texas at Austin Sorority and Fraternity Community. This chapter exemplifies the mission, values and purpose of their own organization and have made a significant impact in the sorority and fraternity community overall.

Pillars of the Forty Acres

Through the Pillars of the Forty Acres, the Office of the Dean of Students recognizes student organizations whose activities embody the Core Values of Learning, Discovery, Freedom, Leadership, Individual Opportunity and Responsibility.

Pillars of the Forty Acres Distinguished Status

To achieve Distinguished Status, an organization must complete six points in one Core Value category.

2021 Recipients

*Indicates organization won a drawing for $200 based on their accomplishments

Pillars of the Forty Acres Exemplary Status

To achieve Exemplary Status, an organization must achieve Distinguished Status in five of the six Core Value categories.

2021 Recipients

*Indicates organization won $1,000 in the Exemplary monetary drawing for their accomplishments.

Swing Out Awards

The Swing Out Awards honor outstanding student organizations and the students who drive them, for their commitment, leadership, and excellence at The University of Texas at Austin.

Best Academic/Departmental Organization

This award is for an organization founded within an academic or departmental community. It is given to an organization that goes above and beyond to contribute to their academic community and overcome challenges inherent in an academic setting. This organization utilizes their resources to promote educational success.

2021 Finalist

Best Artistic Organization

This award is for an organization dedicated to artistic expression. It is given to an    organization that positively impacts members, the UT Austin community and the greater Austin community through artistic programs. This organization effectively showcases its creativity throughout the coordination of artistic programs.

2021 Finalists

Best Cultural Organization

This award is for an organization founded within a cultural community. It is given to an organization that works to promote awareness and education about the culture(s) it represents to the UT Austin community. This organization advocates for cultural appreciation among all people and enriches the cultural experiences of its audience.

2021 Finalists

Best Political/Activist Organization

This award is for an organization founded within a political or activist community. It is given to an organization that educates others about the issues(s) that it stands for and advocates tirelessly for its cause(s). This organization effectively organizes and engages the UT Austin community in their cause(s).

2021 Finalists

Best Professional Organization

This award is for an organization that focuses on professional vocation. It is given to an organization that encourages networking with professionals in the members' field and offers opportunities that will contribute to the members' success after graduation. This organization teaches members useful skills that will translate well into a professional career.

2021 Finalists

Best Recreational Organization

This award is given to an organization that promotes and provides recreational outlets for members. This organization offers the UT community a unique and impactful experience through recreation.

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Best Service Organization

This award is for an organization dedicated to service. It is given to an organization that positively impacts members, the UT Austin community, and the greater Austin community through programs and service opportunities. This organization coordinates projects that have a significant impact on both the communities it services and its members.

2021 Finalists

Best Social Organization

This award is given to an organization that promotes both camaraderie among members as well as social unity on the UT Austin campus. This organization provides social opportunities that foster community and contribute to the development of leadership within members.

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Best Spirit Organization

This award is given to an organization that brings spirit to the UT Austin campus on a regular basis and strives to improve areas where UT Austin spirit is lacking. This organization brings out and enhances the school spirit in UT students.

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Best New Organization

This award is for an organization that has brought a new and important community to the University of Texas at Austin that did not exist before. The organization must have been founded within the past two years. This organization is sustainable and continues to grow on campus.

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Best Graduate Organization

This award is given to an organization that works to have a positive impact on its members and broader graduate student community. This organization uses their resources to promote the academic success and beneficial out-of-class experiences of graduate students.

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Most Improved Organization

This award is for an organization that has shown tremendous improvement in the past year. It is given to an organization that recognized the areas where improvement was most needed and worked to make changes to better fulfill its goals.

2021 Finalists

Healthiest Organization

This award is for an organization that creates a social environment that helps members be active and healthy. This organization is a leader in providing enjoyable programming that establishes healthy activities as a core part of having an outstanding Longhorn experience.

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Outstanding Advisor

This award is for an organization advisor who has gone above and beyond the call of their duties with the organization. It is given to an advisor who exhibits outstanding qualities and provides vital services for the organization. This advisor exceeds expectations on all fronts and was nominated by the organization with which they work.

2021 Finalists

Most Outstanding Student Organization

This award is given to one of the nine winners of the primary category awards. This award goes to an organization who has positively impacted the UT campus and has a strong connection to the university core values. This organization shines as an exemplary group of students who strive to be the best they can be and give back to the UT community in their own way.

2021 Finalists

*Indicates winning organization awarded $300 for their accomplishment.
**Indicates winning organization awarded $1000 for their accomplishment.