Inspirational Graduate Student Award

This student award recognizes a graduate nursing student who exhibits overall excellence academically, clinically and collegially and demonstrates strong leadership skills and a positive team attitude.


The Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Inspirational Graduate Student Award is open to all graduate nursing students currently enrolled in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary.

Nomination Process

Nominations are welcomed from any students and faculty members from any University of Calgary faculty as well as preceptors and others in the health-care field. The nominee must agree to the nomination.

A completed nomination form must be accompanied by at least two signed letters of reference, one from a faculty member or preceptor who can speak directly to the criteria. One of the two letters may be from the nominator.

Only completed nominations will be accepted (see the nomination form for details). If your nomination is missing any of the supporting documentation, it will be returned to you for completion if there is time. 

Use Criteria with Examples

We strongly encourage you to explicitly incorporate the criteria of the specific award with clear examples for each criteria when writing your letter of nomination or support. This not only assists you, as nominator, to highlight the important and relevant attributes of your nominee, it gives the selection committee very clear details about the qualifications of the candidate with examples of their achievements, and enhances the overall nomination.

Reference the Correct Award and Category

We know many people are asked to submit letters of support for deserving nominees for a Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Award. We also recognize that many of you write multiple letters for the same person for different awards. We, therefore, ask you to please carefully proofread your letter so that you are making reference to supporting your nominee for a Pursuit of Excellence award ONLY (not a U Make a Difference, a President’s Award for Excellence in Student Leadership, etc).

While referring to another award may not disqualify your candidate, it does not reflect positively on your commitment to the nomination for a Pursuit of Excellence Award in the Faculty of Nursing.


  • Demonstration of excellence in their particular field of practice
  • Demonstration of leadership abilities through accomplishments outside the faculty, including volunteerism
  • Commitment to their personal wellbeing and that of their fellow students
  • Displays inclusivity, compassion and respect toward peers, the faculty and their clients

We strongly encourage you to use the criteria to craft your letter of nomination. Adherence to the criteria of the award enhances the overall nomination

Award Selection Process

The Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Awards Committee will review all nominations and select the candidate they feel best exemplifies the criteria for the award. The number of nominations an individual receives may favourably impact the outcome. If the committee feels there is no clear choice, they may choose not to give an award in this category.

In the event a member of the committee is nominated for an award, the member will excuse himself/herself from deliberations for this award.

Additionally, no committee member may support a nomination with a letter of reference.

Because the Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Awards are a renaming of the Covenant Health Faculty of Nursing Awards, no previous recipient may be nominated.