Student receiving a president's award

The President's Awards for Leadership

The President's Awards for Leadership are 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. 

Learn about the award criteria & categories.

Celebrating the Awardees

Each April, WSU celebrates the recipients of the President's Award for Leadership, The Virginia E. Thomas Scholarship, and a range of Student Organization categories.

Watch a Recording of Ceremony 2022
Gisselle Salazar

Gisselle Salazar, 2022 Virginia E. Thomas Scholarship Recipient.

The Virginia E. Thomas Endowed Scholarship

Established by Virginia's colleagues, friends, and students, this scholarship is awarded concurrently with the President’s Awards for Leadership during the award ceremony each April.

Learn more about the Virginia E. Thomas Scholarship

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors

  • Associated Students of WSU
  • Center for Civic Engagement
  • Center for Student Organizations and Leadership
  • Compton Union Building
  • Graduate & Professional Student Association.