Student Involvement

Award Criteria

Individual awards are based on the criteria described below. Applications and letters of recommendation should address these criteria. 

Individual President's Award applicants should:

  • Articulate one’s own values, beliefs, and actions that are consistent with one’s values and beliefs, as well as those of the organizations in which they are a member.
  • Work with others towards both individual and organizational goals; work in ways that capitalize on others’ strengths, talents and different perspectives. Enable others’ involvement in developing a shared vision and purpose.
  • Acknowledge the interdependence of both individuals and groups, and work for positive change through efforts, as well as the initiatives of others.

The scoring scale for individual awards and maximum points awarded for each item is outlined below.



Two letters of recommendation


Record of activities (up to five points total)


Three essay questions (up to ten points total)


Total (Maximum points available)


Student nominations are due February 20, 2017. A letter of recommendation is encouraged (not mandatory) to be submitted along with the nomination form.

Students that are nominated, will be notified, and then required to submit an application by March 10, 2017. Additionally, students will need to submit 1-2 letters of recommendation with the application.

Individual students can apply for the award themselves, as long as they fill out the required application along with 2 letters of recommendation by March 10, 2017.


Faculty or staff nominations are due March 10, 2017.

Registered student organizations (RSO) and community organization nominations are due March 10, 2017.

RSOs can also submit their own application form no later than March 10, 2017.




A selection committee of faculty, staff, and students was invited to submit recommendations to a steering committee for a final selection of 30-40 individual students, in addition to RSOs, community organizations, and faculty/staff.

The selection committee will review applicants by considering each within the framework of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. In this model, leadership is viewed as a process rather than a position. The values of equity, social justice, self-knowledge, personal empowerment, collaboration, citizenship, and service are explicitly promoted.

Each applicant should display the following qualities from this model: consciousness of self, congruence, commitment, collaboration, common purpose, controversy with civility, citizenship, and change.


Recognition Event

Award recipients will be honored at the Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD) event on April 26, 2016 at 5:00pm. In addition to the presentation of the President's Award, the LEAD event will feature a gallery of student leadership, a reception with light refreshments, the inauguration of the next year's ASWSU officers, and a guest speaker. All are welcome to attend the annual event. 


For More Information

Specific questions regarding the LEAD Awards or this application may be addressed to Tamara Crooks via (509-335-9667), Compton Union Building 320.

The LEAD event and President's Award are presented in partnership by Student Involvement, the Center for Civic Engagement, and the Associated Students of Washington State University (ASWSU).