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The Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD)

Honoring recipients of the President's Award for Leadership and The Virginia E. Thomas Scholarship.

Ceremony 2021

Join us for the 2021 LEAD Ceremony as we honor the award recipients on Tuesday, April 20 at 6:00 p.m. PT

Watch the live stream on YouTube

Award Recipients

Are you a President's Award recipient?  Please RSVP for the event to make arrangements for receiving your award. For any additional questions or accommodations, please email Phillip Sinapati at

Award Recipient RSVP

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2021 Sponsors

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The Awards

The LEAD ceremony honors recipients of the following:

The President's Award for Leadership

Since 1996, the President's award has been an honor bestowed annually to students and others representing the top leaders 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. 


Virginia E. Thomas Scholarship

The Scholarship honors a legacy of excellence, integrity, character, discovery, and service. Established by Virginia's colleagues, friends, and students, the scholarship is awarded concurrently with the WSU President’s Awards for Leadership.


2020 Ceremony

Enjoy a recording of the live 2020 LEAD Ceremony where all honorees and event staff were invited to participate via Zoom.

Watch the 2020 Ceremony

Past recipients

View past recipients