2016 J. J. "Jake" Pickle Citizenship Award

photograph of Jake Pickle

The J. J. "Jake" Pickle Citizenship Award is an endowed student award created by the University Unions Advisory Council in 1999. It is presented annually to a student at UT Austin whose cumulative, notable contributions to campus life over a period of time exemplify the high standards of leadership and service that were the hallmarks of the life and career of Congressman J. J. "Jake" Pickle.

The recipient will receive a check for $5000, a certificate, and an autographed copy of Congressman Pickle’s autobiography, Jake.

The 2016 is now open. Application packets can be picked up in person in the University Unions Executive Director's office (UNB 4.124). The deadline for applying is Friday, February 26 at 5:00 pm.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Good academic standing
  • Current enrollment as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student (exception: full-time status is not a requirement for graduating seniors)
  • Submission of a completed application by the February deadline
    (Note: scholarship and academic performance are not considered beyond good academic standing.)
  • If chosen as a finalist, must be available for an in-person interview

The application consists of:

  • One-page personal statement that highlights UT campus involvement and leadership activities, and describes organization and club memberships
  • Candidate information form (enclosed in application packet)
  • Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • 750-word essay on a specified topic (see enclosure in application packet)

Faculty and Staff may submit a nomination for a student by returning the completed nomination form to our office. This form can be found HERE. Any questions, please contact Megan McMillin at 475-6600. 

(Note: The application periods for the J. J. “Jake” Pickle Citizenship Award and the Pal—Make A Difference Award run concurrently. Eligible students may apply for both awards.)

The award will be presented at a luncheon on Friday, April 29, 2016.