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True Grit Award

Nomination Form


This award honors two current, full-time benefited UW staff members who are noted for their flexibility, consistency, vision, grit, and/or problem-solving skills. 


  • $1000

  • Recognition Plaque

This award will be presented by Staff Senate on Staff Recognition Day.


Eligible nominees must:

  • Be current, full-time benefited staff

  • Have completed his/her probation term prior to January of the nomination year

Nomination Process

Each nomination must be submitted using the online form. If an incomplete form is received prior to the deadline, the nominator will be contacted to complete the form correctly.

Each nominee must have a minimum of three separate nominations.  

After the nomination period closes, the Recognition Committee will examine the potential candidates. The committee chair will ensure that all of the nominations follow the process guidelines and that there are no descriptors used that compromise anonymity. The Recognition Committee, not including the chair, may narrow the choices down to half (or a minimum of four nominees) of the original nominee pool by rating each team on a 7-point Likert scale. If the original nominee pool does not exceed four nominees, the committee will not screen. The Executive Committee of Staff Senate will select the final award recipients.

Selection Criteria

The selection process will be based on the following information:

  • Noted flexibility, consistency, vision, grit and/or problem-solving skills

  • Consistent work ethic through times of change and disruption

  • Remaining cool under pressure

  • Tenacity when dealing with difficult tasks/projects

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