Student Employees of the Year

We appreciate all the hard work Illinois students contribute to our great university and award the very best for their efforts!

2018 Student Employee of the Year

2018 Student Employee of the Year Eligibility and Nomination Guidelines

National Student Employment Week April 8-14, 2018

Eligible Students

Undergraduate hourly students currently employed on campus for a minimum of 6 months between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018 (anticipated). 

Selection Criteria 

Students will be evaluated on the following qualities:

  1. Reliability
  2. Quality of Work
  3. Initiative
  4. Professionalism
  5. Uniqueness of Contribution

Number of Selections

Each employing unit should select no more than two nominees. Please note: only one nomination letter will be considered for each nominee. 

Submitting Nomination

Please submit the following information by Friday, February 16, 2018:

  1. Nomination Form
  2. Nomination Letter

Nominations on letterhead can be mailed or hand delivered to Bethany Carmien Onwodi in the Office of Student Financial Aid. Contact information is below. Nominations submitted via e-mail can be sent to Emailed nominations must come from the nominator's University e-mail address.


Scholarships for the winners will be awarded as follows:

  • Winner - $400
  • Runner-Up - $300 
  • Honorable Mention (2) - $150

Winning nominations will be submitted for State, Regional and National consideration.

Announcement of Winners

We will hold a Student Employment Recognition Event on April 9 during National Student Employment Week (April 8-14, 2018) to recognize all nominees and to announce the 2018 winners. We will not announce winners in advance. We would like to encourage all nominating employers to attend the event to show support and appreciation for our student employees, and we will encourage all nominees to attend so we can recognize them for their outstanding contributions. Every nominee/nominator will receive separate invitations prior to the event. 

For Additional Information or Questions

Bethany Carmien Onwodi
Office of Student Financial Aid
Student Services Arcade Building
620 East John St., MC-303
Champaign, IL 61820

PHONE: (217) 300-2683


Student Employee of the Year

Samantha Barratt

Samantha Barratt

School of Integrative Biology





Student Employee of the Year, Runner Up

Theresa Pham

Theresa Pham

Spurlock Museum


Student Employee of the Year, Honorable Mention

Diamond Kinermon

Diamond Kinermon

Testing Accommodations Center


Student Employee of the Year, Honorable Mention

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Jesse Crowe

Engineering IT Services


America Reads/America Counts Champaign Tutor of the Year

Eva Cygan

Eva Cygan

Kenwood Elementary School


America Reads/America Counts Urbana Tutor of the Year

Jessica Vilaythong

Jessica Vilaythong

Urbana Adult Education Center




For more history of previous winners, please see our Student Employment Recognition Event Winners page