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Widener Announces Winners of the 3rd Annual High School Leadership Awards

Widener University, one of the nation’s premier universities for civic engagement and applied leadership, in partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10,today announced the winners of the Widener University High School Leadership Awards. In its third year, the program recognized 134 students from high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware who demonstrated courage and leadership within their communities.

Students were selected for their abilities to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools. Among the winners, the Widener University High School Leadership Awards recognized students who:

  • Coordinated fundraising efforts to benefit a horse farm that provides a day program to adults with developmental    disabilities
  • Founded a group that promotes safe teen driving and raises awareness about the dangers of distracted driving
  • Traveled to Haiti to live with local families and help construct schools for small Haitian towns
  • Raised and trained guide dogs to service the blind

"The turnout of nominations this year was remarkable and the level of civic engagement among the winners is truly inspiring," said Widener University President James T. Harris III. "Our mission at Widener is deeply rooted in service, leadership and community service, making this program extremely special to the University. The winners are the next generation of leaders in our area and I look forward to personally meeting all of them at the awards ceremony."

"It's an honor to be a sponsor of the High School Leadership Awards and recognize students who are involved in wonderful initiatives in the communities they serve," said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC10 Philadelphia. "This year's winners deserve to be in the spotlight, as they are shining examples of how we can all work together to improve our communities and help those in need."

Winners are invited to a celebratory program at the National Constitution Center on March 20, as well as a leadership conference at Widener University in fall 2014. Most notably, winners will receive a scholarship of $20,000 over four years should they enroll at Widener University for undergraduate studies.

For more information regarding the High School Leadership Awards and to view a complete list of winners, please visit:

Widener University is a 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, 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, Del., serve more than 6,300 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university's website,