What is SEOTY?
Each spring, NSEA coordinates a selection process and chooses the National Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) to recognize the outstanding contributions and achievements of students who work while attending college.
The process begins with the four regions running their regional SEOTY competitions according to their requirements concerning membership. Only nominations from NSEA member schools may have their student workers advance to the national competition. From the four regional winners whose schools have a NSEA membership, NSEA will choose a National Student Employee of the Year. The NSEOTY award winner receives a $1,000 cash award! The NSEA President or a designated representative from the NSEA Board will visit the national winner's campus to present the award.
Each region sets its own eligibility criteria for student nominees, which generally call for some minimum length of employment, possibly a minimum GPA, and possibly a minimum number of hours per week the student must be working. Generally student workers may be classified as "regular Work-Study", institutional hourly wage, graduate assistants, or even Co-op students to be nominated.
Click on the links below for examples of past national Student Employee of the Year submissions. This may be helpful to you in establishing your regional criteria and selection process.
|December 1, 2015
||Regional Coordinators distribute announcement and application materials to their members and NSEA members in their region.
|February 19, 2016
||SEOTY nominations are due to the campus Student Employment office.
|March 2, 2016
||Notifications of campus winners are due to the Regional Coordinators.
|March 16, 2016
||Regional Coordinators submit the regional winners to the NSEA VP of Administrative Services.
|March 30 - April 4, 2016
||National Student Employee of the Year is selected and winner's school is notified by NSEA President.
|April 10 - 16, 2016
||National Student Employment Week observed.
National SEOTY winner announced and runner-up finalists notified.
National SEOTY award is presented at winner's campus.
- Call for nominations - publicize the competition widely,
put it in your campus newspaper, send flyers to all departments, announce
on your campus homepage and any departmental listserv.
- Selection committee - be certain it's more than
just faculty and administrators. Include clerical staff and one or
two students (undergrad or grad). The committee should total an odd
number to avoid ties when voting (five, seven, or nine members is recommended).
- Promote the competition by posting pictures of
nominees around campus as they are received, put articles in campus
paper, on homepage, and listserv.
- Selection criteria - have some mechanism to
consider all students equally and not give too much consideration to
complex job descriptions or longevity of service.
- Award presentation - have a meal function with top
administrators, students' families, and students' supervisors, even local
and state legislators present. Allow time for pictures of all nominees
with school president (or whoever is presenting). Be sure to invite media
(print and broadcast) to cover the event. Have state government issue
- Prizes - arrange for cash scholarship, tuition waiver, or
bookstore certificate for winner. Have trophies, plaques, or certificates
for all nominees.
- Hold your recognition event during National Student Employment Week.