Nye Outstanding Student Awards

The Nye Outstanding Student Awards are given to one Junior and one Senior student each year. Award winners are selected by the Honors staff from among current Honors students and are chosen based on GPA and activity within the Honors Program. The awards are presented at the spring Nye Graduation Banquet, all of which are made possible by the generous support of the Ralph Nye Charitable Foundation.


Current and Past Award Winners


2015 Nye Outstanding Junior

Marissa Smith

I am a first generation college student here at Weber State University. I went outside my comfort zone by joining the Honors Program. Throughout high school I was discouraged by many to join an honors class, even though I had a great GPA. Many said that it would be hard or too challenging. I was nervous about joining the program because I felt that I would not fit in, but I do not think that I would be attending college with honors credits without the help and motivation of the Honors Program and faculty. I am currently a sophomore in the criminal justice program at Weber State University. I have been involved with the Honors Program as an Honors Student Pathfinder recipient since my first semester. My experiences with the Honors Program have been nothing but positive and rewarding. I have learned that I can challenge myself and acquire so much knowledge in these courses. Do not let anyone tell you that you cannot be successful in an Honors class.  If you are ready for the challenge, you can accomplish anything you set your mind to. 

2015 Nye Outstanding Senior

Corbin Standley

Corbin graduated from Weber State in Spring 2015 with a major in psychology with a minor in vocal performance. In addition to serving as the 2014-2015 President for the Honors Student Advisory Board, he served in leadership and membership roles in numerous other honor societies. While attending Weber State, he was active in the Weber State Concert Choir and worked for the Center for Community Engaged Learning as a Student Community Research Coordinator. In his free time, he enjoys singing, playing piano, and volunteering. Corbin plans to pursue his Ph.D in clinical psychology and is currently working for the Huntsman Cancer Center.

2014 Nye Outstanding Junior

Tia Walker

In addition to a high GPA, Tia has been active in the Honors Program by taking classes and attending Honors events. In 2013, she earned her Associate's Degree with General Honors. One of her favorite Honors courses was The Beat Goes On, taught by John Sillito and Carl Porter.

2014 Nye Outstanding Senior

Daniel Simmons

The 2013-2014 President of the Honors Student Advisory Board, Daniel has been active in Honors since coming to Weber State University. He earned his Associate's Degree with General Honors and his Bachelor's Degree with both Departmental and University Honors. Daniel was also a Crystal Crest finalist in both 2013 (Scholar of the Year) and 2014 (Man of the Year). One of his favorite Honors courses was Identity Studies taught by Christy Call.