Twenty-one student leaders

The Tippie Top 21 award recognizes 21 of the college's outstanding student leaders. These students are young people who have excelled in the areas of scholarship, leadership, experiential learning, and advancing diversity, inclusion, and global engagement.

Why Re-Branding?

We encourage our students to propel themselves into the college experience by getting involved within Tippie and beyond. That being said, credit should be given where credit is due. Tippie's Top 21 gives well-deserved recognition to outstanding leaders who begin their college journeys from many different backgrounds. Moving forward, we hope to re-brand this award in order to be more inclusive of the undergraduate student population who come from all these backgrounds.

Whether it is through stellar academics or impressive initiative, our faculty and staff know that students can impact the Tippie community in countless ways. It is important to us to acknowledge these impacts and highlight the students who make them. 

Submit a nomination

How do I know if a student is qualified?

We're sure you're thinking of all the great Tippie students you could nominate for a Top 21 award. First, be sure that the student you have in mind is admitted to Tippie OR has declared pre-business. No matter their age, ALL Tippie students and pre-business students are eligible to be nominated. Nominees also are expected to have demonstrated excellence in at least two of the following areas:

  • Scholarship
  • Leadership
  • Experiential learning
  • Advancing diversity, inclusion, and global engagement

2018-19 Winners

Srilekhya Akkina
Niharika Annira
Kyle Apple
Smriti Barla
Brett Burns
Shatiana Cooper
Tyler Dennis

Deb Destahun
Emelia (Mia) Edwards
Michael Gerot
Carly Gosch
Allison Grier
Brian Kearney
Brooke Kelley

Maeve McGonigal
Lauren Meyer
Katelyn (Katy) Misel
Vyjayanti Munagala
Mia Qu
AJ Smith
Elizabeth Swanson


Tevin Robbins
Undergraduate Program Office, C140 PBB