Students Shine Contest

Annual Students Shine Contest

Let us see you shine

The ASU Students Shine Contest highlights the achievement and success of ASU students who excel in any one of ASU's six values: Career, Culture, Engagement, Service, Spirit/Affinity and Wellness. Last year’s inaugural competition brought in close to 60 entries from all four campuses, Thunderbird and ASU Online – and hope to top it this year.

So let us see you shine. Do you represent any one of ASU’s six values? If you do, show us and you could win up to $1,750 and be featured in your own ASU Students Shine video.


ASU Student Values


A student who has excelled in their career during their ASU course of study, has already established an impressive work portfolio such as internships or work published and has a promising future ahead of them.


A student who is a leader and representative of their culture, promotes their culture in a positive way and encourages others to learn about and celebrate cultures other than their own.


A student who is actively engaged on campus, demonstrates leadership, expresses passion about their involvement and strives to get others involved.


A student who gives back to their ASU campus, in the surrounding community or within their field of study and encourages others to serve.


An exceptionally spirited student who shows ASU pride and inspires others to show school spirit.


A student who lives a healthy lifestyle, encourages others to do so as well and exemplifies physical and/or mental wellness.



Prizes of $750 will be awarded to one student in each of the six categories. From those six, three students will be selected to receive an additional $1,000, for a total of $1,750. The top three winners will also be featured in their own Students Shine video to be filmed and shared on the ASU Student Life website and social media accounts. 

The winners will be contacted in early March, 2018.

Who Can Enter

The ASU Students Shine Contest is open to all students currently enrolled at ASU as of January 31, 2018. Past winners are only eligible to enter in a category they have not won in previous years.

How to Enter

Sample Submission Video

To apply, students must submit a resume and a one- to two-minute video (no larger than 2MB) on how they demonstrate one of the six values. The video can be of simple quality (i.e. a smartphone video), as we are looking to learn about your achievements.

Students should create an original video specifically for the ASU Students Shine Contest that has not been used for anything else. The video should include: an introduction stating their name, year and major; which category they are entering; examples of how they have demonstrated the value, why they think they are a good candidate/why they think they should win, and if possible, video footage of themselves portraying the value.

The video should be uploaded to Vimeo, YouTube or Dropbox, and both the video and resume should be submitted through the form below. 

Students are eligible to enter more than one category, but will not be able to win in more than one category. If entering in more than one category, the student will need to create a separate video and a separate entry for each category entered. The submission period will run from December 1, 2017 –January 31, 2018. If you have any questions, contact:

2018 Overall Student Shine Winners

First Place

Second Place

Third Place

2017 Overall Student Shine Winners

If selected as a winner, you will be featured in a high-quality video produced by ASU Student Life highlighting your achievements. Here are the videos for last year’s Students Shine winners:

First Place

Second Place

Third Place