Grants for Active Student Participants Endowment (GRasp)
The University Unions Advisory Council adopted a special project in honor of the 75th Anniversary. The Grants for Active Student Participants (GRasp) endowment was created in 2006 through the generosity of the members. The purpose of GRasp is to encourage and facilitate continued participation, particularly by freshman and sophomore students, in University Unions committees and programs by providing stipends to students who have demonstrated leadership qualities, an enthusiasm for campus citizenship, and solid academic performance.
The Shirley Bird Perry Leadership and C.C. "Jitter" Nolen Spirit Awards
These annual awards are sponsored by the Texas Union Advisory Council, and carry a monetary prize of $500 each. Members of the Texas Union Student Events Center are eligible for these awards. The Leadership Award is open to SEC Executive Cabinet members; the Spirit Award is open to all SEC members. The awards were established in 1980 and 1961, respectively, as ways of recognizing and supporting the students who give their efforts and energies to improve campus life at The University of Texas at Austin. The award recipients will be presented with a certificate and a $500 check at the State of the Union Banquet which occurs late in the spring semester.
Criteria for the awards are as follows:
Shirley Bird Perry Leadership Award
The Shirley Bird Perry Leadership Award recognizes an SEC Executive Cabinet member who has provided inspirational vision and motivation to the SEC, and built a stronger and more unified organization as a result. Through personal and group efforts, this person has enhanced the ability of fellow SEC members to advance the organization and fulfill the mission of the SEC.
C.C. "Jitter" Nolen Spirit Award
The Jitter Nolen Spirit Award recognizes an SEC member who has encouraged, inspired, and supported the SEC and its committees, through his or her active participation in and implementation of its events and overall mission. This person exemplifies the sense of volunteerism, community, commitment and creativity and involvement that the SEC strives to infuse throughout the organization.