LIVE WELL Student Leadership Award

We recognize excellence.

Our LIVE WELL Student Leadership Award program was designed to honor outstanding student achievement within the College of Nursing. The program is designed to highlight students who best exemplify LIVE WELL and who create a positive impact on their community.

Nominators must submit a short survey explaining why the student is deserving of this award. College faculty, staff and students can nominate a student for outstanding leadership and can nominate multiple students each month. Nominees’ leadership and engagement must exemplify at least one characteristic of LIVE WELL.

A college-led committee will select one winner each month based on nominations. Monthly winners will be recognized throughout the college and be eligible for the Outstanding Leadership scholarship. The Outstanding Leadership scholarship is a $500 scholarship given to one of the monthly winners at the end of the academic year.

We encourage the entire College of Nursing community to nominate deserving students and join together to appreciate our student leaders. The first of every month nominations will close for that month’s winner. Our first winner for the academic year will be selected in September.

If you have any questions about the program please contact Gina Taff (

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Courtney Sexton

March Award Winner

Courtney Sexton is the March winner for the LIVE WELL Student Leadership award. Courtney received funding from the Innovation Studio to develop and publish her first children’s book entitled “In Your Tummy.” The aim of the book is to teach kids about the microbiome and the evidence-based importance of eating fruits and vegetables! For this work, Courtney received recognition in the Johnson & Johnson Nurses Change the World Campaign and acknowledgement at the TEDx Columbus talk The Participation Trophy Model for Innovation. She also serves as a College of Nursing graduate research assistant as a key member of Dr. Smith’s team on “Sodabriety” and was second author on a recent publication in the Journal of School Nursing. Furthermore, Courtney was competitively selected to participate in the Leadership and Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship as the college’s representative.