The Awards

Excellence in Leadership presents 15 awards, honoring nine individuals and six groups, in recognition of their outstanding achievements at Washington University.

An award may have more than one recipient, and all nominations are due by March 16. The awards ceremony will be held Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 7pm in Holmes Lounge.

Detailed Criteria for Each Award

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Individual Awards

Sharon Stahl Outstanding First-Year Leader Award
The Sharon Stahl Outstanding First-Year Leader Award, established in 2006, recognizes a first-year student for exemplary leadership, service, and commitment to the University community.

Outstanding Sophomore Leader Award
The Outstanding Sophomore Leader Award, established in 2006, recognizes a sophomore for exemplary leadership, service, and commitment to the University community.

Outstanding Junior Leader Award
The Outstanding Junior Leader Award, established in 2006, recognizes a junior for exemplary leadership, service, and commitment to the University community.

Outstanding Senior Leader Award*
The Outstanding Senior Leader Award, new in 2012, recognizes a senior for exemplary leadership, service, and commitment to the University community.

Unsung Hero Award – “demonstrated leadership, not necessary to have a title”
The Unsung Hero award was established in 2006 to recognize a student for work they do behind the scenes. The individual might not hold an executive leadership position within an organization, but consistently works to improve their organization or cause.

Ripple Award – “committed to social justice”
The Ripple Award was established in 1995 by the Student Union, the Committee Organization for Rape Education, Residential Advisors, Office of Residential Life, and Office of Student Activities to recognize an individual who stands up for their ideals, strikes out against injustice, bestows unconditional respect upon all beings, enables groups and individuals to flourish, and recognizes the significance of small acts in the effort to attain a greater vision.​

Helen Davis Humanitarian Award – “committed to education and service”
The Helen Davis Humanitarian Award was established in 1995 by the Office of Student Activities as a tribute to the dedication shown by Ms. Davis to Washington University and the St. Louis community. The award will recognize a student who promotes human welfare in the St. Louis community through education and service.

Victor H. Farwell Award – “senior with four years of cumulative leadership and service to communities”
The Victor H. Farwell Award, established in 1994, recognizes a senior for an exemplary track record of leadership, service, and commitment to the University community over their entire collegiate career. This award acts as the capstone leadership award for a senior who has worked throughout their four years to better the Washington University community (and beyond) and their own leadership skills.​

Advisor of the Year Award
The Advisor of the Year Award was new in 2012 and recognizes the outstanding contributions of a faculty or staff member to a student group.

Doesn’t necessarily have to be a formal Advisor, but a faculty or staff member who has advised student groups to success.

*All nominated seniors will be considered for Outstanding Senior Leader Award


Group Awards

Outstanding New Program or Event – “never been done before”
Student groups frequently put on excellent programs. Groups recognized in this category will have been innovative, collaborative, motivated, and will have produced an outstanding program or event.

  • New signifies new program/event (developed in the 2017-2018 academic year)​, not necessarily a new group on campus
  • Innovative means that it meets a new or emerging need of the community

Outstanding Established Program or Event – “been done at least once before”
Student groups frequently put on excellent programs. Groups recognized in this category will have been innovative, collaborative, motivated, and will have produced an outstanding program or event.

  • Emphasis on established program/event (developed prior to the 2015-2016 academic year)
  • Innovative means doing something new to enhance the success or mission of the program/event

Dignity of Difference Award – “committed to social justice”
The Dignity of Difference Award recognizes student groups for efforts that have enhanced the campus climate as it relates to race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, culture, socioeconomic status, disabilities, and wellness.

Living the Mission Award – “values based, mission driven”
The Living the Mission Award, created by Campus Life staff in 2005, recognizes a student group who is exemplifying what it means to live out the mission, values, and principles of their group on a daily basis.

Most Improved Student Group – “new initiatives or re-energized direction”
The Most Improved Student Group Award was new for 2012 and recognizes a student group for significant growth over the course of an academic year. Winners of this award show exceptional improvement in programming and/or governance.

Outstanding Student Group – “outstanding overall”
The Outstanding Student Group Award was established by​ Campus Life to recognize a model student group – one with a dynamic leadership team, engaging and thoughtful program/events, effective meeting structure/engagement, and overall success of living out its mission and purpose. In addition the group will demonstrate a commitment to the Washington University community, or beyond. ​

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