Student Leadership Awards

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Annual GWSB Student Leadership Awards

Every year, the Office of Undergraduate Programs sponsors the GWSB Student Leadership Awards to recognize our outstanding undergraduate GWSB students and student organizations. GWSB prides itself on the outstanding accomplishments of the student leadership community and their unique ability to not only create but drive community within the school. The GWSB Student Leadership Awards aim to recognize undergraduate students for their accomplishments and contributions to our GWSB community.

Awards & Nominations

Each award honors an individual student or student organization that exemplifies the values of GWSB. Any member of the GWSB community, including students, faculty, and staff may submit nominations. There is no limit to the number of nominations you may submit and we encourage you to recognize the outstanding contributions of student leaders and organizations in the GWSB community. This is an opportunity to support and recognize students that positively impact our GW and GWSB community.

Nominations for the 2021-2022 academic year are not available at this time. The nomination process will be announced in early Spring 2022.

Individual Awards

The Outstanding Student Award recognizes students who have exemplified what it means to be a GWSB student leader, balancing high levels of involvement and service within the community with high achievement in their own career and academic development. One recipient will be selected from each academic class year (Outstanding First-Year, Outstanding Sophomore, Outstanding Junior, and Outstanding Senior) on an annual basis. 

Outstanding candidates will demonstrate most or all of the following:

Organization & Co-Curricular Programs/Initiatives Involvement

  • Demonstrated engagement in student leadership and involvement in GWSB organizations and co-curricular programs & initiatives.
  • Has had a positive impact on the organization or co-curricular initiatives/programs they were involved with; the student added value to the group.

Career Development

  • Actively engages in the development and advancement of their career through the utilization of F. David Fowler Career Center resources.
  • Participation in career-focused events and initiatives such as events hosted by the Career Center or a Career Networking Trek.​ 

Academic Achievement

  • GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Positive contribution to the classroom environment through academic class participation.
  • Academic exploration outside the classroom through independent research, experiential learning, and/or study abroad experience​.

Community Service

  • Supports the local community by planning or participating in service initiatives.
  • Leverages the advantages and opportunities of GW’s DC location.

The Outstanding Leadership in Community Development award recognizes students who are active members of the GWSB community and strive to promote, engage, and develop a positive and well-connected community. These students have also demonstrated a commitment to building a positive spirit and pride in the GW experience. Recipient(s) will be selected on an annual basis. 
 
Outstanding candidates will demonstrate most or all of the following:
 
Leadership

  • Has contributed to or led an outstanding student organization, event, or initiative that promotes community in GWSB
  • Participated in Co-Curricular Initiatives, such as case competitions, networking treks, or involved in GWSB Student Organizations
  • Supports and advances community within GWSB through engagement with mentoring programs, peer support, admissions, tour, and community development initiatives
  • Focuses on bringing people together and building lasting relationships with peers

Academic Standing

  • GPA of 3.0 or above

The Outstanding Leadership in Community Service award recognizes students who have made a consistently positive impact on the community through voluntary service. These students have also demonstrated commitment to the GWSB community as well as to their academic success. 
 
Outstanding candidates will demonstrate most or all most of the following: 
 
Leadership in Community Service:

  • A student who actively engages in the DC/Maryland/Virginia community, participating in community service OR virtual service during the impact of COVID-19
  • Significantly contributes to the local community through involvement in charitable and non-profit organizations
  • Shows outstanding commitment to helping under-resourced communities
  • An individual who demonstrates positive service-oriented values and behaviors that influence others to emulate or aspire to emulate

Academic Standing

  • GPA of 3.0 or above

The Outstanding Student Employee award recognizes students who go above and beyond in their work responsibilities by demonstrating a high level of professionalism, work ethic, and reliability. Candidates must hold an employment position on campus for a period of at least three months. 
 
Outstanding candidates will demonstrate most or all of the following:
 
Leadership

  • Contributes positively to the work environment as a team player and exceeds normal expectations for their position
  • Demonstrates creative thinking and initiative to develop and complete project
  • Supports an inclusive work environment and builds community in the workplace
  • Looks for new challenges and opportunities to develop both personally and professionally

Academic Standing

  • GPA of 3.0 or above

The Unsung Hero Award recognizes students who have positively influenced a program or organization from “behind the scenes” with a high level of passion, dependability, and a commitment to excellence. Recipient(s) will be selected on an annual basis. 
 
Outstanding candidates will demonstrate most or all of the following:
 
Quiet Influence

  • Makes consistent contribution(s) with their skill, time, and effort toward the success of GWSB in ways that may not always be apparent - through involvement with a student organization as a non-executive board or leadership member, dedication to serving the local or global community, and/or leadership with the development of a program or initiative
  • Serves an instrumental and valuable role in achieving organizational, community, and/or programmatic success
  • Has gone out of their way to support the positive development of their team, organization, and/or the GWSB community

Positive Role Model

  • Places others’ needs before their own and goes above and beyond to help others without expecting praise or recognition
  • Embodies the core values and mission of George Washington University and the School of Business
  • Mentors, supports, and inspires other students and/or members of an organization

Academic Standing

  • GPA of 3.0 or above

The Dean's Award recognizes students on an annual basis who display a strong moral character and serve as a role model for others through a positive attitude, relationship-building, and personal integrity. 
 
Outstanding candidates will demonstrate most or all of the following:
 
Leadership & Mentorship

  • Commitment to building community among students
  • Exemplifies the mission, vision, and values of GWSB
  • Inspires and encourages personal and professional development in others

Organization & Co-Curricular Programs Involvement

  • Involvement in GWSB organizations and co-curricular programs/initiatives
  • Contributes to student organizations and is actively involved with co-curricular programs

Academic Achievement

  • GPA of 3.0 or above.
  • Contribution to the classroom environment through academic class participation.
  • Academic exploration outside the classroom through independent research, experiential learning, and/or study abroad experience

Public Service

  • Supports the local community by planning or participating in service initiatives.
  • Leverages the advantages and opportunities of GW's DC location

Group Awards

The Outstanding UBA Affiliate Organization award recognizes one of the GWSB undergraduate student organizations for their outstanding work contributing to the development of the GWSB community and maximizes opportunities for student learning and connection. One GWSB student organization will be selected annually.  
 
Outstanding candidates will demonstrate most or all of the following:

  • Provide programs and services available to all GWSB undergraduate students
  • Develop initiatives to foster community within the School of Business
  • Build and promote the GWSB community, and support the local community through service initiatives

 
You may nominate more than one organization. To nominate an outstanding UBA Affiliate Organization, you must have the organization's email address readily available.

The Outstanding Program award recognizes an outstanding program, event. or initiative put on by one or more (ex. partnership) of the GWSB student organizations.
 
The Outstanding Program selected will demonstrate most or all of the following: 

  • A positive impact on students, the campus, and/or the community
  • Benefitted the development of the student body
  • The recipient of the award will be a GWSB student organization

 
You may nominate more than one organization. To nominate an outstanding UBA Affiliate Organization, you must have the organization's email address readily available.

Celebrating the 2020 SLA Winners

The Office of Undergraduate Programs would like to congratulate the 2020 Student Leadership Award winners for their outstanding accomplishments and commitment to building a dynamic, supportive, and engaged GWSB community. Check out the 2020 Student Leadership Award winners in this video.