This award is presented to a student who has shown exemplary talent, skill, and dedication in his/her chosen discipline, and who has truly been in the public eye performing as a representative of DSU. This student has been nominated for outstanding performances before many types of audiences and for his/her involvement and leadership within a particular, group, ensemble, or department. The Entertainer of the Year finalist must be a full time student, is nominated by the campus community, and then all nominees are contacted and asked to answer questions specific to their category. These materials are reviewed and narrowed to a field of five finalists by a preliminary screening committee. The materials from the five finalists are then given to a head judge and the finalists are contacted to participate in a 10 minute private interview and personal performance where a panel selects a winner.