What is the nomination process?
  • Nominators: Mentors or faculty who work closely with the student.
  • Letters of support: Three letters of support are required, one of which is from the nominating faculty member.
  • To nominate a student:
    1. Download the Nomination Form and review criteria for specific awards. The Overview page provides additional background and the focus of each award, to help guide your nomination packets.
    2. Compile one completed nomination form (nominee and nominating faculty member together), all letters of support (three total), and any other supporting materials as one single PDF.
    3. The nominator should send the nomination electronically from a WSU email in a single pdf (including supporting letters) by 5:00 pm on Monday, February 26 to Erin Hvizdak (erin.hvizdak@wsu.edu).
  • 2024 Nomination Form: Download here
Who is eligible?
  • Full- and part-time students in good standing are eligible.
    • The Harriett B. Rigas Award
      • Doctoral and Professional students graduating in Fall 2023 or Spring or Summer 2024
    •  The AFW Founders’ Award
      • Masters students graduating in Fall 2023 or Spring or Summer 2024
    • The Karen DePauw Leadership Award
      • PhD and Ed.D. candidates in good standing who have successfully passed preliminary examination and have a GPA of at least 3.5.
  • Students may be nominated for only one of these awards in each cycle.
  • Nominations are accepted up until the deadline
  • For more specific information, please see the Overview page
When is the award announced?
  • Awardees will be notified in mid-March and will receive their award virtually at a special recognition ceremony in April.

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