National Student Employee of the Year Award 

--  Recognize your Student Employees --

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.

SEOTY 2022

The NSEA SEOTY Committee, in agreement with the Board of Directors, has decided to highlight a total of 16 students (4 from each region). As we continue to evolve or Student Employee of the Year process, we are working with a new process to encourage participation and recognition in both 2-year and 4-year institutions. Supervisors will self-identify their institution type during the submission process. We have simplified the process by requiring a submission letter highlighting the student’s accomplishments.  The top four nomination letters from each region must be submitted to Mary Young ([email protected]) by March 15, 2022. Please note the following:

  • Only undergraduate students will be considered for the submission process
  • There is no restriction on length of employment for the student
  • In place of "nomination" we will be using "submission" as there isn't one winner
  • We have provided the NACE core competencies fact sheet to assist supervisors with their submission
Please reach out with any questions or concerns. We appreciate all that you do to celebrate our student employees!

2022 Timetable

by December 1, 2021 Regional Coordinators distribute announcement and application materials to their members and NSEA members in their region.
January 29, 2022 Submission are due to campus Student Employment offices.
February 22, 2022 Notification of campus winners are due to Regional SEOTY Coordinators.
March 15, 2022 Regional SEOTY Coordinators submit regional winners to Mary Young ([email protected])
March 22, 2022 NSEA will reach out to those being recognized for additional information for recognition during National Student Employment Week.
April 10 - April 16, 2022 National Student Employment Week observed. Announcement of student finalists.
  • 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 nomination process -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 - Be creative in holding virtual celebrations in 2021. Invite your campus president and additional senior leadership to speak with students, play videos of supervisors speaking about their nominees, create a picture collage of all nominees. Have state government issue a proclamation.
  • 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


Mary Young, Project Lead for National Student Employee of the Year

Federal Work-Study Coordinator | Student Financial Services
Southern New Hampshire University
2500 N River Road
Manchester, NH 03106
Phone: (603) 626-9100 ext. 2572
Email: [email protected]