WASEA Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Awards

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.

How to get started:

The Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) process begins with supervisors nominating outstanding student employees at the institutional level.  Nominations then move on to the state and regional level.  Four students from each region will be recognized at the national level in 2022. 

In order to be eligible for consideration, student employees must be undergraduate students.  Graduate Assistants and Teaching Assistants are ineligible for Student Employee of the Year.  Nominees are not restricted to students employed through the Federal Work-Study Program. All student employees are eligible for consideration. 

  • Supervisors will nominate students by submitting a letter (2 page maximum) with the following requirements:
    • Briefly describe why you are submitting this student for recognition.
    • Briefly outline your student employee’s accomplishments over this past year and/or how they have contributed to the work place.
    • How does this student exhibit NACE competencies in their position? Please provide specific examples. (See Career Readiness guide)
    • Closing statement.
  • Supervisors will submit a cover letter with the following information:
    • Student Name
    • Student Email Address
    • Supervisor Name
    • Supervisor Email
    • Student Job Title
    • Department where student position is held
    • Indication if you are a 2 or 4 year institution

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 WASEA's VP of Conferences & Awards distributes announcement and application materials to their members and all NSEA members in their region.
February 2, 2022 SEOTY letters of recognition are due to the campus Student Employment office.
February 22, 2022 Top letters of recognition from institutions are due to each State Liaison
March 15, 2022 WASEA's VP of Conferences & Awards submits top winner to the National Student Employment Association (NSEA). 
March 16, 2022 NSEA will reach out to those being recognized for additional information for recognition during National Student Employment Week.
April 11 - April 16, 2022 National Student Employment Week & Finalists Announced. 
Find Your State Liaison!

Suggestions from the Board:

  • 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