Golden Bull Awards

Award Overview

Presented by the Division of Student Success, The Golden Bull Award is one of USF's highest honors given annually in the spring semester to deserving undergraduate and graduate students who encompass the spirit of USF and have demonstrated its values. Recipients must exemplify exceptional leadership and service to the University and the community. 

The University of South Florida is dedicated to excellence and the Golden Bull recipients embrace and epitomize the following values of the institution:

  • Leadership within the community
  • Engagement with the community and public service
  • Success and academic achievement through research, pursuit of knowledge and critical thinking skills
  • Enhanced global experience and understanding of cultural and ethnic diversity
  • Development of personal and professional potential
  • Demonstrated commitment to respect, integrity, and civility

The award is bestowed to up to 30 individuals across USF’s campuses in the following way:

  • Tampa campus – up to 15 undergraduate students, up to 5 graduate students
  • St. Petersburg campus – up to 5 students total
  • Sarasota-Manatee campus – up to 5 students total

Winners are selected by an anonymous panel of judges who will review applications provided. Judges represent academic and student success areas across the institution.

Winners receive their award at each campus’ student leadership award ceremonies.

Applications are now open for the 2021 Golden Bull Awards. Applications are due on Monday, March 1, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Late applications will not be accepted.  Learn more about the application requirements here

Qualifications for Golden Bull Award

Applicants for the 2021 Golden Bull Awards must meet the following qualifications:

Class Standing by the START of Fall 2020
Undergraduates: Must have achieved senior class standing - 90 credit hours completed.
Graduate Students: Must have completed a minimum of 12 graduate-level course credit hours

NOTE: All authorized credits toward degrees count in this tabulation, including dual enrollment and transfer credits.

Intent to Graduate
Undergraduates: Must have an intent to graduate in the Fall 2020, Spring 2021 or Summer 2021 semesters
Graduate Students: N/A

Enrollment Status
Must be currently enrolled as a full-time student at the institution (on any of the three campuses) or recently completed courses (Fall 2020 graduates only). Your campus is determined by what you have confirmed as your home campus in Oasis. 

NOTE: You will only be judged against other applicants from both your same campus and student type

Grade Point Average
Must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA (College of Medicine students must be in good standing)

Standing at the Institution
Must be in good academic and conduct standing as defined by the Academic Catalog and Student Code of Conduct

Award Limit
You must not have received the award in previous years. A student may only win the award once as an undergraduate student and once as a graduate student.