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Widener Announces Winners of the Fourth Annual High School Leadership Awards

Widener President James T. Harris III presents a High School Leadership Award to a student at the National Constitution Center.

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 fourth 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:

 

  • Founded the “Turn a Page, Book a Kid” Program, which has collected 16,000 books for patients at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
  • Shared the details of a personal experience with Alopecia in hopes to boost the self-esteem of others suffering with the autoimmune disease.
  • Formed the Babe’s Kids Foundation, which raised $8,000 to help with another student’s medical bills.
  • Joined the Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network’s public policy committee to assist with the development of anti-bullying and inclusive curriculum strategies.


“Widener University is particularly proud of the High School Leadership Award program as it recognizes those high school students who reflect our core values of civic engagement, community service and leadership,” said Widener University President James T. Harris III.  “The significant amount of nominations we received this year is a testament to the vast population of students in our community who courageously demonstrate leadership. These winners are the next generation of leaders in our area and I am looking forward to personally congratulating each and every one of them at the upcoming awards ceremony.”

“It is an honor to take part in the High School Leadership Awards and be able to recognize an incredible group of students whose leadership and service collectively strengthen our entire region,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC10 Philadelphia.  “The strength, compassion and courage of these student winners act as shining examples for us all.”

Winners are invited to a celebratory program at the National Constitution Center on March 25, 2015, as well as a leadership conference presented by the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener University in the fall of 2015. Most notably, winners will receive a scholarship of $20,000 over four years should they enroll at Widener University for undergraduate studies.

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 6,000 students. Widener is proud to be a tobacco-free campus. Visit the university's website, www.widener.edu.

 

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