The UPEI student union will be giving out some new and unique awards to deserving students this spring.
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The Diamond awards will focus on extracurricular activities, instead of academic performance, said Nathan Hood, the vice-president, student life, of the student union.
"We have a lot of students who, you know, may have a 70 average. They don't qualify for the dean's list, but they do do a lot of incredible things on campus and in the community," said Hood.
Hood wanted to find a way to recognize those students, "and that is really what the Diamond awards is about. I have never been on the dean's list, but I like to think that I have made some contributions to campus," said Hood.
The awards program has four categories: sustainability leadership, educational leadership, health and wellness leadership, and campus spirit. Up to five awards are available in each category, and are valued at $500 each, according to a statement from the student union.