Nominees sought for the Rock Ethics Institute's 2018 Stand Up awards

2017 Stand Up Award honorees Credit: Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Rock Ethics Institute is currently accepting nominations for its 11th annual Stand Up Awards. Each year, The Rock Ethics Institute recognizes undergraduate students who have demonstrated ethical leadership in taking a stand for a person, cause or belief. The goal of the award is to honor courageous individuals and to inform the entire Penn State community how an extraordinary act is possible in ordinary circumstances.

Any faculty, staff, student or community member may nominate a Penn State undergraduate student who has demonstrated ethical leadership. Each honoree will receive a monetary award of $1,000, participate in a ceremony in April, have their story featured in a short video, and be part of a publicity campaign throughout the region.

To view the profiles of previous Stand Up honorees, visit These student leaders faced difficult challenges, social pressures and conflicting claims concerning their personal values and principles. Each Stand Up honoree has a distinct story, and every story demonstrates courage and determination in an effort to help make the world a better place.

The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31, 2018. Nomination information, including the online submission form, is available here

The Rock Ethics Institute was established through a $5 million gift in 2001 from Doug and Julie Rock to the College of the Liberal Arts. The institute’s mission is to promote ethical awareness and inquiry across the University, and in the public and professional sectors, through a three-fold emphasis on teaching, research and outreach. Recently, the Rocks endowed the Nancy Tuana Directorship of the Rock Ethics Institute with an additional $5 million gift, which was part of a larger commitment they made to the College during ‘For the Future: The Campaign for Penn State Students.’

Last Updated November 15, 2017