Nomination Categories

Nominees for the WSU President's Awards for Leadership are reviewed 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.

  • Undergraduate and Graduate Students

    Undergraduate and graduate students advance leadership and engagement at WSU. Recipients demonstrate exceptional leadership and service to students, WSU and/or the community.

    Students will be notified of their nomination and are required to submit a separate application, including two letters of recommendation and answers to essay questions that address the following criteria:

    • Significant position(s) or engagement experiences that best illustrate the contributions the student has made to WSU and/or the community.
    • The values, beliefs, and actions that have guided the student's own leadership journey.
    • Experiences collaborating with others to achieve common goals, motivate others and resolve conflict.
    • How these experiences have led to positive change.

    These applications, along with nomination information, are scored on a 20-point scale. Scoring is as follows:

    • Two letters of recommendation - 5 points
    • Record of activities - Up to 5 points total
    • Three essay questions - Up to 10 points total
    • Maximum Point Total - 20
  • Faculty and Staff

    Faculty and staff who excel in their personal commitment to leadership and engagement at WSU. Candidates challenge and work with students to support their development into active global citizens, and collaborate with others on campus or in the community to promote engagement.

    A completed nomination form is required to nominate a Faculty or Staff member. Nominees in this category do not have to fill out a separate application to be considered for the award. While it is not required, we encourage all who nominate to also submit a letter of support for the organization or member of the WSU community they are nominating. 

  • Community Organizations

    WSU community organizations that enhance students' self-awareness, congruence with their values, and commitment to civic issues. Community organizations that empower and motivate students to collaborate with others, resolve conflict, achieve common goals. These organizations help students become active global citizens who promote positive social change within the community.

    A completed nomination form is required to nominate a Community Organization. Nominees in this category do not have to fill out a separate application to be considered for the award. While it is not required, we encourage all who nominate to also submit a letter of support for the organization or member of the WSU community they are nominating. 

  • Registered Student Organizations

    This year's ceremony honors Registered Student Organizations that collaborate with other groups to achieve common goals. These groups empower, motivate, resolve conflict, and partner with other leaders and organizations while being able to demonstrate positive change for the organization and/or the larger community. Significant event(s) or experiences that illustrate the contributions each organization has made are also considered.

    A completed President's Award for Leadership nomination form is required to nominate a Registered Student Organization. Nominees in this category do not have to fill out a separate application to be considered for the award. While it is not required, we encourage all who nominate to also submit a letter of support for the organization or member of the WSU community they are nominating. 

    Student Organization Categories

    Registered Student Organization of the Year

    The Registered Student Organization of the Year award recognizes an organization that makes a significant effort to further its purpose through its contribution to Washington State University and the Pullman community. The organization demonstrates consistent flexibility, initiative, creativity, and perseverance through its activities and programs. The organization embodies the WSU spirit through its commitment to leadership development, collaboration among groups, and programming efforts to enhance the quality of campus life at Washington State University. The Registered Student Organization of the Year is considered a role model for other organizations on our campus.

    Outstanding Education/Academic

    Recognizes a student organization that demonstrates how their academic/educational emphasis provides a co-curricular learning experience beyond the classroom for students to engage with.

    Outstanding Cultural

    Recognizes an organization that demonstrates how its cultural identity helps foster an inclusive environment with an emphasis on increasing understanding, acceptance, and tolerance among the WSU community.

    Outstanding Special Interest

    Recognizes an organization that demonstrates how their focus on building community through positive interaction with their peers provides value to the WSU community.

    Outstanding Event - Education/Academic

    Recognizes a student organization event that provides a transformational, outside-of-the-classroom learning experience.

    Outstanding Event - Cultural

    Recognizes a student organization event that demonstrates a commitment to celebrating diversity within the WSU community.

    Outstanding Event - Spirit of Service

    Recognizes an outstanding student organization event that reflected a dedication to service and/or the environment and demonstrated excellence in community service with the intent to impact the campus or community.

    Outstanding Event - Collaboration

    Recognizes a group of organizations (two or more) that have worked together to sponsor or host an event that benefitted the WSU community and demonstrated excellence and success as a result of working together.