In their final year at IU, senior students are beginning a transitional phase between being a student and a graduate. There are many obligations to meet and preparations to make for their career. With all of the academic and social pressures, some seniors rise to the challenge exceptionally well and serve as leaders and examples to the student body. The university honors these students with the Stahr Senior Award each year.
Established in 1966 by IU’s twelfth president, Elvis J. Stahr, the award honors up to five seniors on the Bloomington campus who have excelled academically while serving as active student leaders. Their names are added to a permanent plaque that hangs in the Indiana Memorial Union.