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 during COVID-19 (2021)

Due to the unusual circumstances resulting from the COVID 19 Pandemic, the SEOTY committee with support from the poll held at NSEA conference, decided to honor multiple students.  We will not have a National Student Employee of the Year for 2021.  Instead we will take the top 3 submissions from each region and honor their accomplishments.  No monetary awards will be issued for 2021.  With so many changes at all of our institutions and many students and colleagues losing their positions, we feel it's best to celebrate more than one student. 

The process this year will still be conducted by regions in order for the top three (3) from each region to be celebrated.  Instead of the form, we have simplified the process by requiring a one page submission letter highlighting the student’s accomplishments.  The top three nomination letters from each region must be submitted to Mary Young ([email protected]) by March 5, 2021. 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!

2021 Timetable

by December 1, 2020 Regional Coordinators distribute announcement and application materials to their members and NSEA members in their region.
January 29, 2021 SEOTY letters of recognition are due to the campus Student Employment office.
February 12, 2021 Top letters of recognition from institutions are due to Regional SEOTY Coordinators.
March 5, 2021 Regional SEOTY Coordinators submit top three (3) letters of recognition to the SEOTY Pro.
March 8 - March 30, 2021 NSEA will reach out to those being recognized for additional information for recognition during National Student Employment Week.
April 11 - April 17, 2021 National Student Employment Week observed.
  • 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]