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 October.

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

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Tika Rizal

Outstanding Leadership Winner

Tika Rizal (she/her/hers), a BSN student and recent graduate, received our February LIVE WELL Student Leadership award and was honored with our annual Outstanding Leadership award and scholarship. “She has managed to give back to her community and focus on her studies. Tika is always there to assist people in need.”

She volunteered countless hours as a nurse coordinator for the Bhutanese Response Assistant Volunteer Effort (BRAVE). BRAVE supports Bhutanese Nepali families impacted by COVID-19. “Tika was instrumental in helping.” She spent hours educating her community and volunteers on COVID-19’s symptoms, reducing the spread, quarantining and more. Many of her clients spoke English as their second language, so her efforts were critical to supporting immigrant/refugee communities during the pandemic and improving access to equitable healthcare.

Tika is also an active community member and has had a huge impact on others because of her hard work. She was president of the Bhutanese American Student Organization (BASO) at Ohio State’s Newark campus, and she currently mentors young women. She also supports the Bhutanese Community of Central Ohio where she’s raising gender-based violence awareness in the community. “Her dedication to everything she does is very meaningful and inspiring.”