Student Life Awards and Scholarships

*Deadline for nomination/application is February 23, 2018 unless otherwise noted.
*Click on each award for more detailed descriptions and requirements.
*You may use the electronic form (button below) to nominate a student for multiple awards. Self-nominations are accepted.

  • Paul Magnuson Student Leadership and Service Award
    • Recognizes the significant contributions that individual students and student groups make to campus life. Each year, outstanding students, student organizations, and student-led events/programs are nominated by fellow students, faculty, administrators, and staff for recognition.

  • Ovanlig Award
    • Awarded to a current junior or senior who has “demonstrated leadership in raising campus awareness of gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender rights and concerns.”

  • Guild of St. Ansgar
    • Up to 8 percent of the graduating class will be selected on the basis of scholarship, leadership, and participation in extra-curricular activities. Participation forms, soliciting information about activities and positions at Gustavus as well as in church and home communities, are available to all senior students.

  • Guild of St. Lucia
    • Fifteen students of current junior standing are selected based on academic success, leadership qualities, and service to the College.

  • Lindell Scholarship
    • The Edward and Patty Lindell Scholarship is awarded annually to a student of current junior standing with a grade point average greater than 3.0 who has provided service and/or leadership, and has otherwise participated in Gustavus life.
  • Bunn-Swenson Scholarship
    • It is intended that the recipient(s) of this scholarship be a current sophomore, junior, or senior involved in student life in leadership roles through student government or other campus organizations, including writing for student publications. It is desired that factors such as appreciation of community and sensitivity to racial or other personal injustices also be taken into consideration in selecting scholarship awardees.

Student Life Award Nominations


  • Diversity Center Numerous awards and fellowships are available for student leaders in campus climate change around equity and inclusion. Visit the links below or contact staff in the Diversity Center for more information about descriptions, deadlines, and nomination/application forms for
    • Phillips Scholars Sophomores from 16 eligible private colleges and universities, including Gustavus Adolphus College, are invited to participate. Each campus selects up to two finalists to represent their institution. Selected representatives then compete for one of the six 2-year Phillips Scholars awards. The current year's deadline is January 15, 2018.
  • Community Based Service & Learning (CBSL) Multiple awards and fellowships are bestowed for significant student achievement and effort in civic engagement and service-learning. Visit the links below or contact staff in the CBSL for more information about descriptions, deadlines, and nomination/application forms for