The Samuel H. Smith Leadership Award was established in 2000 to show AFW’s appreciation to President Emeritus Smith for his leadership in advancing the role of women at WSU. The criteria for the award are as follows: “The recipient of the Award shall be an AFW member whose leadership has advanced the role of women in the Washington State University system and/or who has demonstrated leadership in higher education, the community, or her profession at the local, state, regional, national or international level.”
The Association for Faculty Women’s Outstanding Graduate Student Awards recognize the academic achievements and professional potential of WSU’s graduate students. Nominees need no affiliation with the AFW to be nominated.
The Harriet B. Rigas Award is presented to an outstanding PhD student completing the degree in Fall 2022, or Spring or Summer 2023. Both full- and part-time students are eligible.
The AFW Founders’ Award is presented to an outstanding Master’s student completing the degree in Fall 2022, or Spring or Summer 2023. Both full- and part-time students are eligible. Professional and non-thesis Master’s degree students are not eligible for this award.
The Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award (for doctoral candidates) is awarded in conjunction with the Graduate School. The Graduate School is committed to providing scholarships and fellowships for outstanding graduate students admitted to its academic programs. The scholarships and fellowships provide a valuable structure of financial support to ensure students can enjoy the benefits of a superior academic experience.
The Karen P. DePauw Leadership Award is open to all PhD candidates in good standing who have successfully passed their preliminary examination and have a GPA of at least 3.5. Students must be enrolled either full- or part-time to be eligible for the award. Students cannot receive this award more than once. Priority will be given to applicants with demonstrated leadership components in their research, training, or service contributions.