The K. Patricia Cross Future Leaders Award recognizes graduate students who show exemplary promise as future leaders of higher education and who are committed to academic innovation in the areas of equity, community engagement, and teaching and learning.


  • Nominations by a faculty member or administrator are required.
  • All doctoral-seeking graduate students who are planning a career in higher education are eligible for nomination, regardless of academic discipline.
  • Graduate students in fields where the master’s degree is the terminal degree (such as the MFA in art) are also eligible.

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