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President's Awards for Leadership and The Virginia E. Thomas Scholarship

The 2020 Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction ceremony honors those who advance leadership and engagement at WSU and beyond. 

Tuesday, April 21 | CUB Senior Ballroom

2019 award recipients

2019 Award Recipients

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Student nominations close Friday, February 28
All other nominations close Friday, March 13.

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The Awards

The 2020 Leadership and Engagement Awards of Distinction ceremony honors winners 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 and announced during the LEAD Ceremony held annually on the Pullman campus.


The Gallery of Leadership

Showcasing other leadership awards and accolades around campus.

View past recipients

2020 Sponsors

The LEAD Ceremony is sponsored by the Associated Students of Washington State University, the Center for Civic Engagement, the Compton Union Building, the Graduate and Professional Students Association, and Student Involvement.


Contact Rachael Spear
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