The Benchmark Award for New Employee

$500 - Up To Two Recipients

The nomination period is now closed. Deadline December 21, 2023.


  • A $500 monetary award for up to two recipients
  • Professional certificate and trophy for the award winners
  • Recognized at an award ceremony in March 2024
  • Photographed and recognized on VCU Staff Senate web page


The VCU Staff Senate will present this award to a salaried VCU or VCU Health staff member who has served with VCU or VCU Health no longer than three years. The recipient shows promise in their field and is making a large impact on the VCU community in the short time (six months to three years) that they have been a part of the university.


Nominees must be a salaried VCU or VCU Health staff member in good standing for at least six consecutive months, but no more than three years from their first day of working. 


The VCU Staff Senate Awards & Recognition Committee will review nominations and determine all winners. Please use the online nomination form to submit the required information and materials.

There are character count limitations. It is recommended that you type the responses to the questions below in a word document so you can track the character count, then copy and paste each response into the nomination form. 


  1. In the nomination form, you will be asked how your nominee has addressed the criteria below:
    • How does your nominee demonstrate leadership and provide guidance in interacting with the VCU community? (min 500 characters with spaces to max 2000 characters with spaces)
    • How has your nominee contributed - above and beyond - to departmental advancements using their creativity and/or analytical skills to solve problems and overcome challenges? (min 500 characters with spaces to max 2000 characters with spaces)
    • How has your nominee gone above and beyond expectations enhancing the internal and/or external customer experience? (min 500 characters with spaces to max 2000 characters with spaces)
    • Please provide additional comments about the nominee that are not covered in the previous questions. (optional, max 1200 characters with spaces)
  1. Nominations for this award requires one additional letter of recommendation from someone other than the nominator. This letter can include outstanding comments or other testiments from the nominee's co-workers, supervisor, manager, or individual students or faculty members in support of your nomination. Recommended length is a minimum of one page and a maximum of two pages single spaced 12 point font. You will be asked to upload this letter (.pdf or word document) in the nomination form. 


If you are experiencing issues accessing the nomination form or uploading documents, please contact

Thank you.