For thirty four years, the Student Employee of the Year (SEOTY) Program has recognized numerous student employees at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UHM). Student employees meeting the eligibility criteria for the SEOTY Award may be nominated by their UH employer for the individual recognition and Student Teams may be nominated for the SEOTY Team Award.

How SEOTY at UH Mānoa Works

Individual Nominees are separated into two categories based on their pay classification: A1 – A3 & A4 – A7.

A selection committee composed of volunteers representing the UH Mānoa community then reviews the winners and finalists in an anonymous selection process. Each of the four finalists receive a cash scholarship and plaque corresponding to their winning title. The overall winner of the UH Mānoa Student Employee of the Year Award will then advance to the state SEOTY competition, and potentially the regional and national competitions.

Student Employee of the Year Scholarship Awards

  • Category Finalists (4 students) - $500 each
  • Category Winner (2 students) – an additional $250 for a total of $750
  • Overall Student Employee of the Year Winner – an additional $250 for a total of $1000.

Student Employee of the Year Team Award

UH Mānoa also recognizes student employee teams. Nominated teams are also reviewed by the selection committee in a blind selection process. The winning team receives an award plaque and a prize package presented to them at the Annual SEOTY Reception, as well as being added to the SEOTY Team perpetual trophy.

Craft Fair & Silent Auction

SEOTY CF The awards and scholarships are made possible by donations and proceeds from the Annual SEOTY Craft Fair & Silent Auction.

If you would like to support the program, please visit the SEOTY Craft Fair & Silent Auction page for more information, donation forms, and vendor applications.

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