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Center for Civic Engagement

President's Award for Leadership

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Since 1996, the President’s Award has been an honor bestowed annually to students and others who advance leadership and engagement at WSU. Recipients of this prestigious award demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to the university and the community as well as to those who support leadership development in WSU students. The award categories are student, student group, faculty or staff and community organization.

Beginning in 2013, the CCE has combined the annual Excellence in Civic Engagement awards with the President's Award for Leadership to offer our constituents the opportunity to be recognized for all the ways they have improved our community as Cougar leaders. Award recipients will be honored at the Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) event, which takes place during Civic Engagement Week. The LEAD event and President’s Award are presented in partnership by Student Involvement and the Center for Civic Engagement.

Nomination and Application Forms for the Annual WSU President’s Award for Leadership

To select the awardees, a committee of faculty, staff and students will review applicants by considering each within the framework of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development, specifically with respect to these qualities: consciousness of self, congruence, commitment, collaboration, common purpose, controversy with civility, citizenship and change. Award recipients will be honored at the Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) event on April 24, 2014 at 5 PM. You can learn more about the LEAD event below.

Student nominations were due February 26, 2014. Student applications and all other nominations were due March 10, 2014. As mentioned above, award categories include student, student group, faculty or staff and community organization. Click here to learn more about the President's Award.

2014 LEAD Award Ceremony

April 24, 2014 | 5:00 PM | Compton Union Senior Ballroom

D32_6641LEAD is a celebration of WSU student leaders and those who have mentored and supported the efforts of these students as they work towards leadership and positive social change. This event is the premiere event of Civic Engagement Week, a time the CCE reserves to celebrate student engagement in the community. LEAD consists of several elements, including the presentation of the President’s Award for Leadership to students, faculty and staff, and community partners; the inauguration of the 2014-15 ASWSU officers; and a Gallery of Leadership. LEAD is live streamed so that online students as well as awardee friends and family at a distance can view the presentation of the awards.

For more information on this event and Civic Engagement Week, click here.

LEAD Event Live Streaming

Student Involvement and the CCE will be live streaming the LEAD event through AMS at mms://windowsmedia.wsu.edu/event. Within two weeks, the event will also be posted on the CCE YouTube channel, so you can watch the LEAD event at your convenience. If you are having trouble accessing the AMS live stream system, please click here for instructions and help.

President's Award Information

President's Award Criteria

Civic Engagement Week

Excellence in Civic Engagement Award

Important Dates

Student Nominations Due

Student Applications Due
Student Group, Faculty/Staff & Community Organization Nominations Due

Award Recipients Notified

LEAD Award Ceremony

Complete President's Award Recipient Lists

Click on the links below to download the complete list of President's Award for Leadership recipients for 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010. Congratulations to all of the exceptional students who receive this distinguished award; you are great Cougs!

2014 Awardee List

2013 Awardee List

2012 Awardee List

2011 Awardee List

2010 Awardee List

If you are interested in pre-2010 President's Award listings, please contact Student Involvement.

Past LEAD Event Recordings

Click the links below to watch past award videos. The first recorded event took place in spring 2013.

2014 LEAD Recording

2013 LEAD Recording


The LEAD event and President’s Award for Leadership are presented in partnership by Student Involvement and the Center for Civic Engagement.

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