Rob Buzaitis Outstanding Leadership Scholarship
About This Scholarship
Purpose of the Award:
In accordance with the United Students in Residence Halls’ goal, the purpose of the Scholarship Program,
as conducted by the Leadership Development Committee, is to publicly recognize a student who is a
third year student, through a monetary award, who demonstrates his or her proven leadership abilities.
Applicants should also describe their future leadership goals in the development and execution of,
participation in, or contributions to organizations responsible for the enhancement of the experience of
residence hall students.
History of the Award:
In the spring of 1998, United Students in Residence Halls (USRH) dedicated a scholarship in honor of
Rob Buzaitis. This award is specifically designed to recognize experienced student leaders in the
residence halls at UW Oshkosh.
Who is Rob Buzaitis?
As a student at UW Oshkosh, Rob served as USRH Policies and Procedures Chair, Elections
Commissioner, Vice President, as well as being designated the “pseudo-parliamentarian.” Rob graduated
in 1998 with a degree in Math and a minor in Philosophy. His time at UW Oshkosh was clearly noted by
those he worked with. Tom Fojtik, Director of Housing, remembers Rob: “I’d be willing to bet that Rob
has been more involved in campus life than any other student I have known since I arrived here in 1982,
and that is a lot of students!”
Where is Rob Buzaitis Now?
Rob completed his graduate degree at Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan. In September of 2000,
he graduated magna cum laude and second in his class. Following the completion of his law degree, Rob
passed the Wisconsin Bar Exam and began works as a law clerk for a federal judge in Michigan.
Selection & Requirements
Must be a current resident of UW Oshkosh residence halls
Must currently be an enrolled student
Must currently be a third year student
Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75
Must at some point have been involved in a residence hall organization (Hall Government, USRH,
NRHH, etc.) or have been elected to a hall government executive board
If currently a CA, only items ABOVE AND BEYOND job description may be included
May not be a previous recipient of the Katie Kaczorowski or Tyler Leadership Scholarship
Criteria for Selection:
Activities, Honors, and Awards (50%)
Completed Essay (30%)
Two Recommendation Forms (20%)
o One from a peer
o One from UW Oshkosh faculty or staff
Applications will be scored according to the weighted percentages for each category listed above. The
top three applications will then be pulled aside and the scholarship committee will select the winning
application. Note: All applications will be blind (the names will be left off during selection).
Completed application should be submitted online by Thursday, March 15, 2012 at 4:30
PM to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The recipient of this award will be announced at the USRH Pre-Awards Ceremony on
Thursday, April 26, 2012.
Please type the following information on a separate sheet and email to email@example.com
Major(s), Minor(s), Emphasis(es)
Number of Credits Earned
May we post your personal essay? Yes No
Please list and describe all activities that you participated in at the college level. This may include but is
not limited to: leadership positions, programs, community service, jobs, etc.
Honors and Awards:
Please list any honors and/or awards that you have received at the college level. This may include but is
not limited to: Resident of the Week, Dean’s List, NRHH of the Month, etc.
Personal Essay (please type on a separate sheet):
Please compose a personal essay. This essay should be typed, 12 point font, Times New Roman, double
spaced, one-inch margins, and 2-3 pages in length.
Think about your experiences and involvement as you address the following questions in your essay.
1. What has been the most enjoyable and/or rewarding part of being involved in student
2. What have you learned about yourself and leadership in general?
3. What are your further goals in regards to leadership in the halls and on campus?
4. What do you hope to contribute to the campus and the halls during your time here?
Leadership Scholarship Recommendation
Name of Applicant: _________________________________________
This student is applying for the USRH Rob Buzaitis Outstanding Leadership Scholarship. To help choose
the recipients, we ask that you complete this form and return it to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please type
comments about the student. Thank you.
1. Briefly explain your relationship with the student and provide a character reference.
2. Planning and Organizational Skills: This criterion takes into consideration the skill and abilities
the student uses in developing or implementing residence hall activities (for their position or
planning programs). The following are a few examples: setting goals and timelines, getting input
from different sources, and communication skills.
3. Motivation: This criterion considers the enthusiasm and initiative in which a student approaches a
new situation and carries work to completion. Some examples would be: possessing a positive
attitude, motivation, energy and passion in pursuits.
4. Major Accomplishments: This criterion considers what you feel has been the applicant’s largest
accomplishment thus far in his/her involvement during college, both on and off campus.
5. Any additional comments that you feel the committee should know about the applicant.
Please email your reference for the applicant to email@example.com by Thursday, March 15, 2012 at
4:30 PM. Please type your name below that will verify your recommendation in order to serve as your
Signed: ____________________________________ Date: __________________