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Widener Opens Nominations for the 2nd Annual High School Leadership Awards

Widener University, recognized as one of the nation’s premier universities for civic engagement and applied leadership, today opened the nomination period for the second annual High School Leadership Awards. In partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10, this program identifies the region’s high school students who embody the university’s commitment to develop and inspire leaders who affect positive change.

Principals in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware have been encouraged to identify current high school juniors who exhibit strong leadership qualities. Through this program, Widener University and NBC10 aim to recognize students who have demonstrated courage by standing-up for what is right, finding a way to address a wrong, or making a difference in a significant way at his or her school or community.

One student may be nominated per school by their principal. The selected students will receive an opportunity to participate in a leadership experience at Widener University in the fall of 2013 and attend an awards ceremony at the National Constitution Center where they will be recognized. Most notably, winners will receive a $20,000 scholarship over four years if they enroll at Widener University for undergraduate studies.

"After recognizing 69 students last year, we are pleased to be able to honor another set of high school juniors who demonstrate the courage of a leader in their daily lives and local communities," said Widener University President James T. Harris III. "The mission of Widener University is rooted in preparing students for responsible citizenship through experiential and service learning. By recognizing local students for their contributions, we not only reaffirm but also extend our important mission."

Widener University is a private, metropolitan university that connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention, leadership development, and experiential learning are key components of the Widener experience. A comprehensive doctorate-granting university, Widener is comprised of eight schools and colleges that offer liberal arts and sciences and professional and pre-professional curricula leading to associate's, baccalaureate, master's, and doctoral degrees. The university's campuses in Chester, Exton, and Harrisburg, PA, and Wilmington, DE, serve approximately 6,500 students. Visit the university's website,, for more information.