Since 1985, Dutchess United Educators of Dutchess Community College has recognized the academic achievements and/or technical and artistic accomplishments of its students by an annual presentation of DUE Awards for Academic Excellence. The DUE Awards, initiated by individual educators or departments, celebrate DUE's recognition of exceptional student achievement.
Award recipients are selected from students, across academic disciplines, who have been nominated by Faculty and Non-Teaching Educators.
Minimum qualifications for the DUE award are:
* 40 earned academic credits at the Dutchess Community College,
* 3.2 CPA, or other evidence of significant academic achievement,
* Letter of recommendation, providing appropriate supporting evidence,
prepared by a sponsoring DUE member.
The nominating process begins in the early spring, when nominations are solicited by the DUE Awards Committee. Nominations may be initiated solely by the DUE member, or students meeting the eligibility requirements may seek Faculty or NTE sponsorship. The role of DUE members in the nominating process is extremely important, as they provide support and credibility to the candidate through their written nominations.
All submissions are carefully reviewed by the Committee to assure that candidates meet award requirements. Awardees are notified in writing and invited to the Awards Convocation, held in May of each year, when the DUE Awards for Academic Excellence are presented.