Student Awards

Invitations for this event are extended to students, student organizations and advisors who are nominated for awards as well as WebsterLEADS recipients and anyone who submitted an award nomination.

Each academic year there are many opportunities to honor students and student organizations at the home campus for the work they have accomplished. The awards are given annually at the Student Leadership Awards in April. Award Descriptions, deadlines and nomination forms are listed below. All Nominees and nominators are invited to attend the ceremony.

Congratulations to our 2015-2016 Award Recipients:

Individual Student Awards

  • George Herbert Walker III Prize for Leadership:  Gabrielle Deimeke & Rosie Jones
  • Capstone Award for Leadership: Hailey Kaufman
  • Global Citizen Award: Devin Spencer
  • Campus Life Award: Olivia Heibeck & Jeannie Liautaud
  • Campus Voice Award: Hafsa Mansoor
  • Outstanding Leadership of a Student Organization: Ben Shull
  • Outstanding Contributions to SGA: Anna Gaffney
  • Jacqueline Grennan Wexler Award for Humanitarianism & Servant Leadership: Juan Salas
  • Mark Govoni Emerging Leader Award: Michelle Kimbrel
  • Alumni Association Student Leadership Award: Undergraduate - Sophie Ozier, Graduate - Debhuti Roy
  • SGA Outstanding Student Awards: Freshman - Alyssa Johnson, Sophomore - Kirby Weber, Junior - Cameron White
  • Making a Difference Awards: Nikki Griffin, Sierra Hancock, Shane Jenne, Briana Lawson, Hezekiah McCaskill, Andrea Murphy, Jenni Toppi, C. Wiley, Hezekiah McCaskill

Student Organizations

  • Student Organization of the Year: Audio Engineering Society
  • Outstanding Contributions to Cultural Awareness: International Student Association
  • Outstanding Contributions to Campus Social Life:  Japanese Student Association
  • Outstanding New Student Organization: Webster Self Defense Club

Adviser of the Year

  • Bethany Keller:  Adviser to International Student Association


Individual Awards

Students must have been enrolled and in good academic and judicial standing during the 2015-2016 academic year to be eligible for awards.

In addition to specific award requirements, please also consider nominating candidates whose work aligns with the following Global Citizenship Program factors: Written Communication, Critical Thinking, Ethical Reasoning, Intercultural Competence, Knowledge, Oral Communication, and Quantitative Literacy.


The George Herbert Walker III Award for Leadership

NOMINATIONS CLOSED FOR 2015-16

The George Herbert Walker III Award for Leadership is awarded to the graduating senior who has demonstrated the most significant combination of academic achievement and leadership during their student years at Webster University. By creating this award, the Board of Trustees encourages excellence by publicly acknowledging students who have demonstrated leadership and academic distinction. This award comes with a scholarship of approximately $2000.00

Background: Bert Walker is a Life Trustee of the Webster University Board of Trustees. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for five years during which time the University made extraordinary progress. Upon his initial retirement from the board's chairmanship, the Board of Trustees established an endowed fund to encourage continuing excellence and achievement in the tradition of its namesake. In October 2007, former U.S. Ambassador Walker bestowed upon Webster a gift of $10 million to benefit the School of Business and Technology.


Capstone Award for Leadership - Minimum cumulative GPA 3.5

This five-pronged student leadership award indicates high achievements in the following components: a) Cumulative GPA - 3.5 or greater b) significant extracurricular involvement c) multi-departmental/organizational involvement d) community service, and e) positive role model.


Mark Govoni Emerging Leader Award - Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0

This award is given to first-year student with full-time status who must plan to return in the fall. Contributions to extracurricular life, extracurricular involvement, and display emerging leadership skills.


Campus Life Award -Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5

This award goes to the student who has made major contributions to campus social life and extracurricular activities through significant involvement in the programming efforts of student organizations and/or departments. This is also awarded for serving as a role model for other students.


Campus Voice Award - Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5

This award highlights a student who has displayed creativity and innovation in bringing issues to attention of the administration. The recipient will have made an impact by addressing issues in an assertive, impactful, respectful and articulate manner.


Global Citizen Award - Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5

This award recognizes demonstrated leadership in achieving the international mission of Webster University through promotion of international involvement and understanding. Such leadership is demonstrated by advancing institutional goals abroad or by highlighting advanced international perspectives at the Webster Groves campus.


Outstanding Contributions to Student Government Association - Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5

This will be awarded to a student who is a current or former member of SGA. This should recognizes that individuals contribution to student life and student organizations through their work on Student Government Association.


Outstanding Leadership of a Student Organization - Minimum cumulative GPA 2.5

This recognizes a student organization member or officer of a well-organized, officially recognized student organization, which has improved over previous year under this persons leadership and/or fiscal management.Nominate a student now!


Student Government Association Awards

Outstanding Freshman
Outstanding Sophomore
Outstanding Junior

The Student Government Association Outstanding Student Awards are presented to a Webster University Freshman, Sophomore and Junior who exemplify distinguished leadership on campus at Webster University and who has shared their talents in the classroom, with their academic department, campus organizations and/or alumni.

Nominations for these awards are only accepted from current students.



Alumni Association Undergraduate Student Leadership Award

The Undergraduate Student Leadership Award is presented annually by the Alumni Association to a graduating senior from the Webster Groves campus who exemplifies distinguished leadership at the University throughout his/her academic years at Webster by sharing his/her talents with his/her specific department, the student body, and/or campus organizations.

To be eligible, the student must have attended Webster for two years, maintained at least a "B" average, and have completed graduation requirements between June 1 and May 31 of the current academic year.

Alumni Association Graduate Student Award

The Outstanding Graduate Student Award is presented annually by the Alumni Association to a graduating student from the Webster Groves campus who has made distinguished contributions to his/her Webster graduate program, the student body, or surrounding community during enrollment at Webster University.

To be eligible, the student must have completed 24 credit hours at Webster University, maintained at least a "B+" average, and have completed graduation requirements between June 1 and May 31 of the current academic year.



Organization Awards

Qualified nominees will have been recognized and registered student organizations during Fall 2014 and/or Spring 2015 semesters or (when appropriate) groups representing Campus Departments or Student Employment groups.


Outstanding New Student Organization (newly recognized within the past 18 months)

Recognizes a newly registered student organization that exhibited initiative in organizational development, established a positive presence within the University and/or in the surrounding community, and shows strong potential to contribute to the quality of campus life as a recognized student organization at Webster University.


Outstanding Contributions to Campus Social Life

This is awarded to an organization that has sponsored or co-sponsored activities throughout the year making a significant impact in the quality of campus social life.


Outstanding Contributions to Cultural Awareness

This is awarded to an organization who has contributed to the increased awareness of cultural and/or social issues on a campus-wide scale, either through a single event or a series of events.


Student Organization of the Year

This award recognizes a registered student organization for overall efforts to contribute to the University community. The Student Organization of the Year is considered a role model for other organizations on the campus. Presented at the annual Student Leadership Awards ceremony in April, registered organizations active between March 1 of the prior year and February 28 of the current year may be considered.

Criteria:

  1. Meaningful contribution to the Webster University community
  2. Work fulfills organization's mission
  3. Demonstrates variety in activities and events and collaborates effectively with other organizations
  4. Contributes to creating a vibrant campus community
  5. Demonstrates sound fiscal management
  6. Letter of support from the Organization Advisor
  7. List of all events with attendance from previous year

Minimum Requirements: 

  1. On-time registration each semester.
  2. Student Organization Fundamentals training completed by required officers before deadline.
  3. Participation in both Fall and Spring Involvement Fairs.
  4. Attendance at both the Fall and Spring Student Leader Convocation programs.
  5. Organization must keep their Involved@Webster page updated at consistently with current officers, advisor, and constitution/by-laws.
  6. Participation in both the Fall and Spring Officer’s Summit.
  7. Must be in good financial standing with the SGA Budget Committee, not have any outstanding payments, late monthly or semester reports, or frozen accounts.
  8. The organization and all officers must be in good standing with Student Government Association, Office of Student Engagement, and the Office of Student Affairs.
  9. Special consideration will be given to organizations that have not received this honor within the previous three years. Nominate a group now!

The Jacqueline Grennan Wexler Award for Humanitarianism and Servant Leadership (individual or group award)

Criteria: This award may be given to a group or individual at the Webster Groves Main Campus. An individual recipient must have been enrolled at least one semester and hold junior, senior or graduate student status; groups may be recognized student organizations, employment groups, or otherwise affiliated groups of students at the Webster Groves campus.

Award Description: This award will recognize a student/group showing exemplary performance in:

  • Servant Leadership and Humanitarianism.
  • Servant Leadership: show demonstrated servant leadership, putting the needs of others first and helping people develop and perform as highly as possible.
  • Humanitarianism: active engagement in promoting human welfare and social justice.

Student Organization Advisor of the Year

Nominees must serve as the official advisor for a recognized student organization at Webster University and have demonstrated exceptional service to that group over the past academic year.