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Emerging Leader Award

Emerging Leader Award

At Clark State we're proud of our Alumni and their accomplishments! The Clark State Emerging Leader Award recognizes alumni who have experienced early career success and provide service to their community.

In order to be considered, the Alumna/Alumnus must be 40 years of age or younger. The award will be presented on an annual basis at the Presidential Awards Banquet. A nominee that is not selected may be nominated again in following years.

Nominees must:

  • be an alumni of Clark State College
  • show exemplary professional achievement and service to the community
  • be 40 years of age or younger/under
  • demonstrated a pride in their alma mater through contributed time, talent or resources
  • have the highest standard of personal integrity and character
  • be an individual who is not selected may be nominated again in subsequent years
  • A nominee that is not selected for the Emerging Leader Award may be nominated again in years following the nomination. An individual cannot be nominated more than once in the same year.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Please submit nomination(s) using the online form below – one form per nomination.
  • Narratives should address the nominee’s current and past achievements that apply to the specific award criteria. Entries will be judged on the responses to the criteria included in the award description above.
  • Clark State board members are not eligible for nomination.
  • Individuals selected will receive their honors at Presidential Awards Banquet and are encouraged to be present to receive the awards.
  • Collaborative nominations are permissible and strongly encouraged. However, there should only be one lead nominator.
    Note: Information provided in the nomination form may be used for publicity purposes.

Selection Process:
The Alumni Award subcommittee will review all nominees and determine the award recipients. If you have questions, please call 937.328.6009 or email

2022 Emerging Leader Award Recipient

Greg Felder Headshot

Presented to Gregory Felder

Felder works as a Communications Analyst for the World Bank Group, where he co-founded a youth engagement program to connect with their young audience. In 2021, he received the CEO Performance award and was also appointed to the World Bank President’s Council for Diversity and Inclusion. Greg’s leadership potential and ability to impact those around him are endless. He is a perfect example of a positive role model and mentor. Greg holds an associate’s degree from Clark State College and a bachelor’s degree from Wright State University in Mass Communication/New Media.

"I'm extremely honored to be receiving this award. It's extra special to me because Clark State is where I started learning leadership skills through student council and the student ambassador program,” said Felder.