Nominations Open: Staff Council Endowed Book Fund, Mentor Awards

Besides providing resources and networking opportunities to University employees, the Staff Council also grants awards to foster professional development, recognize mentorship and enable educational book purchases.

Endowed Book Fund

Made possible by the generosity of University staff members, the Staff Council Endowed Book Fund Awards are given to qualified undergraduate students enrolled at any Pitt campus whose parent or guardian is a staff member. The awards are presented each year at the Chancellor’s Staff Recognition Ceremony and can be used to purchase books or educational supplies. This year, Staff Council is proud to offer two $500 awards.

Applications must be received before 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 8. Visit the Staff Council website to review eligibility requirements and to apply.

Mentor Award

The University of Pittsburgh Staff Council Mentor Award showcases the positive effects mentors have in the lives of employees by acknowledging impactful work and interactions, both within and outside of the University workplace. This award aims to celebrate the scope and depth of mentorship—helping with professional development, providing opportunities, fostering meaningful networking or simply being an ally. Mentors could include coworkers, supervisors or colleagues.

Read more about the award. To submit a nomination, complete the nomination form by Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Staff Professional Development Award in Honor of Ronald W. Frisch

This award, in honor of former Associate Vice Chancellor of Human Resources Ronald W. Frisch, provides monetary support to University staff to pursue professional enrichment opportunities. Frisch served as Staff Council advisor and mentor for 21 years; this award supports the professional development of the recipient’s career and professional growth at Pitt. 

Additional information about nomination deadlines will be made available soon.