“Heart of Dixie” Award
The Heart of Dixie award is presented to a student who has faced and overcome significant personal obstacles and yet found the strength and ability to succeed in their educational pursuits. The candidates are nominated by the campus community and then 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 committee who select the winner.