Nominations for the Chancellor’s Student Civic Leaders Awards are now open!


Washington State University Global Campus recently joined Washington Campus Compact, an organization committed to advancing the public purposes of colleges and universities, educating students for civic responsibility, and working in partnerships to cultivate vital and sustainable communities across the state.

As a Washington Campus Compact member institution, we have the opportunity to recognize and award two of our student civic leaders. The Chancellor’s Student Civic Leader Award recognizes students that are addressing critical issues on their campuses and in their communities through service and social entrepreneurship.

Award recipients will receive the following:

  • A $500 stipend to support their civic engagement work
  • Access to a learning community with other student civic leaders across Washington and Idaho
  • Training events and webinars prior to the awards ceremony that focus on best practices for civil discourse and civic education
  • Invitation to the awards ceremony where they will be recognized
  • Automatic consideration and eligibility for the Governor’s Student Civic Leader Award (where three winners will receive a $1,000 stipend)

Students are nominated by faculty, staff, administrators, community partners, or can self-nominate for consideration by WSU Global Campus chancellor Dave Cillay. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for nomination.

Nomination Categories:

Emerging Student Civic Leader
This student is a civic leader in the making who is beginning to take initiative in their campus and/or community organizations and is striving for positive change. They may be new to campus or new to civic engagement, but their passion and drive shows potential as an emerging civic leader.

Outstanding Student Civic Leader
This designation is for a more experienced student who has effectively and meaningfully collaborated with their campus for positive change. They are deeply committed to their engagement projects and show the motivation and promise of someone aspiring to long-term civic engagement in their community and beyond.

Nominees for both categories should demonstrate the skills necessary to unify their peers in civic engagement within today’s highly polarized political climate. Successful candidates are able to facilitate common ground on civic goals while remaining open to ideologically diverse solutions and points of view.

We are looking for nominees focused on civic engagement in the following areas:

  • Housing & Food Insecurity
  • Opioid Epidemic
  • K-16 Civic Education
  • Mental Health
  • Breaking the Prison Pipeline

Student Nominee Criteria

  • Currently enrolled undergraduate or graduate student at WSU Global Campus
  • Has demonstrated civic engagement through social entrepreneurship, service, advocacy, campus clubs/organizations, volunteering, and/or work-study positions in at least one of the five critical issue areas listed above
  • Demonstrates the ability to unite their peers along critical issues while remaining open to ideological solutions that may differ from their own

Application Deadline

The deadline to apply or nominate a WSU Global Campus student is March 16.


Thank you for helping us recognize and support our student civic leaders!