Get Nominated To The 2009 USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team


While attending college, students understand the importance of having a well rounded education, just the sort of preparation they will need to succeed in the business world. Good grades, participation in college clubs and special events, as well as peer recognition can go a long way to helping future job seekers differentiate themselves from the pack.

Getting Recognized For Your Academic Achievement

One way that students seek to be recognized for their academic accomplishments is to be named to a national directory or association of academic achievers. Who’s Who Among Students is one such coveted prize, but so is the USA Today All-USA College Academic Team. The annual program is designed to honor full-time undergraduates who excel academically but also extend their intellectual capabilities beyond the classroom to benefit society.

Students who are in at least their junior year are eligible to participate. They cannot nominate themselves, rather the nomination must come from their own school. There is no limit in the number of students a school can nominate and winners must agree to be featured in an upcoming USA Today feature story about these special students. Winners will receive a trophy and a $2500 cash award. Of course, this is the type of recognition that also looks great on any resume.

Do You Meet Nominee Criterion?

Nominee criteria includes the following areas: grades, academic rigor, leadership, activities and most important, the student’s essay describing his or her most outstanding intellectual endeavor done while in college. The USA TODAY All-USA College Academic Team is an award honoring students for what they have accomplished as undergraduates.

For more information or to download a nomination form, log on to (only electronic nomination forms will be accepted). All nominations must be received by 11:59 pm E.T. December 12, 2008.

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