About The Sammys

Hosted by Sam Houston State University and the Department of Student Activities, The Sammys is the official university ceremony that recognizes SHSU's outstanding student leaders and organizations.

Award Categories:

  • Seven individual college awards. These awards recognize an outstanding student from each college that is nominated by faculty within that college, and are chosen by their respective dean. Students must be of junior, senior or graduate level standing and have a minimum 3.00 GPA.
  • Seventeen individual and organizational awards which require nominations from members of the University community at large. For the awards that honor individuals, those students must have a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.
  • Sam Houston Cane Award. This award recognizes entities of the university that do not fall within the parameters of the current student leaders and organization categories. These groups may be university funded entities, university departments, or other on campus initiatives that contribute back to the university in the areas of spirit, tradition and service.
  • Four Sammy Awards, which also require nominations from the University community at large. These prestigious awards are presented to approximately four graduating students and faculty/staff members for outstanding contributions and service to the university. Students must be of senior or graduate level standing and have a minimum 2.5 GPA.


All nominations are confidential, and once submitted (and found to meet requirements) are distributed to the Sammys Selection Committee who determine the final award recipients (excluding the seven individual college awards, which are determined by their respective dean). The selection committee consists of representatives from the President’s Office, Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs Office, Vice President for Student Affairs Office, Department of Student Activities, Graduate Studies, representatives from each of the seven college dean’s offices and SHSU faculty.

We encourage your participation and support of the Sammys. It is a wonderful opportunity for all to recognize the amazing students that SHSU has to offer.