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Student Civic Leadership Awards

As a Washington Campus Compact member institution, UW Tacoma annually recognizes and awards two of our student civic leaders who are addressing critical issues on their campuses and in their communities through service and social entrepreneurship. Students are nominated by faculty, staff, administrators, community partners, or can self-nominate for consideration by their institution’s president. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for nomination.

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)


2020 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 in a Washington Campus Compact institution as a graduate or undergraduate student
  • Has demonstrated civic engagement through Social entrepreneurship, service, advocacy, campus clubs/organizations, volunteering, and/or work-study positions in at least one of five critical issue areas (see below*)
  • Demonstrates the ability to unite their peers along critical issues while remaining open to ideological solutions that may differ from their own