Student Involvement

The Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction (LEAD)

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

Watch the ceremony online

Enjoy a recording of the live 2020 LEAD Ceremony. All honorees and event staff were invited to participate via Zoom while a live broadcast of the ceremony on YouTube was available for guests.

2020 Winners

See 2020's winners along with their submitted photos!

Past Recipients

View recipients from year's past

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.


The Gallery of Leadership

Showcasing other leadership awards and accolades around campus.

Meet our 2020 Sponsors

  • The Associated Students of Washington State University
  • The Center for Civic Engagement
  • The Compton Union Building
  • The Graduate and Professional Students Association
  • Student Involvement