Tejas Club Campus Leadership Award

Recognizing student leaders who make an impact on student life.

The Texas Exes Tejas Club Campus Leadership Award was established by the Chaney family in partnership with the Texas Exes in 2018. For nearly a century, Tejas Club members have provided stellar leadership to The University of Texas at Austin and have shaped—and been shaped by—the richness of student life on campus. The Texas Exes Tejas Club Campus Leadership Award was established to recognize an accomplished student leader at the university for their commitment to making an impact on student life on the Forty Acres. 

To be eligible for the Texas Exes Tejas Club Campus Leadership Award, one must:

  • Be a Tejas Club member in good standing*
  • Be currently enrolled at UT Austin
  • Submit a resume
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from an administrator, faculty member, and/or student leaders citing your impact on student life

*Graduate students are not required to be an active member, but must be in good standing with the Tejas Club with no debts owed.

An ideal applicant should exhibit the following:

  • Leadership, integrity, dedication, and creativity.
  • A diverse range of accomplishments.
  • Experience mentoring Tejas Club members.
  • Unselfish devotion to The University of Texas at Austin.
  • A demonstrable positive impact on student life

The nomination period for the 2021–22 Tejas Award is now closed. 

2022 Recipient

Dayton Thompson

Class of 2022, Plan II Honors, College of Liberal Arts  

Dayton Thompson is a former Frank Denius Normandy Scholar who has been a volunteer research assistant at the Texas Advanced Computing Center and studied at Oxford University through UT's Oxford Summer Program. He has also served in a variety of mentorship roles in the Plan II department, co-founded The Walker Fellowship, and will bike from Austin to Alaska for Texas 4000 for Cancer in summer 2022. After that adventure, he will be traveling across the country to document the stories of combat-disabled veterans for a long-form journalism piece.  

Past Recipients


Sharif Long



Adraint Bereal



Jacob Springer



Jackson Clifford