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Widener Announces Winners of Fifth Annual High School Leadership Awards

The High School Leadership Awards have recognized nearly 600 students from the tri-state region over the past five years. This year, Widener will honor 159 future leaders from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. 

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 fifth year, the program recognized 159 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:

  • Travelled to Peru, Korea, Guyana and Trinidad to help those less fortunate
  • Volunteered with organizations that feed the hungry, raise money for cancer research and children with special needs, and take a stance against bullying
  • Raised a voice against violence and advocated for social justice conversation, action

“Widener University is proud to have honored nearly 600 students over the past five years through the High School Leadership Awards,” said Dr. Julie Wollman, Widener University president. “Civic engagement and leadership are not only integral to the mission of Widener University, they are central to what this year’s award winners have accomplished in their communities. I can only imagine their future successes as our next generation of leaders. We welcome them into the Widener family, and I look forward to congratulating each student this spring at the awards ceremony.”

Winners are invited to a celebratory program at the National Constitution Center on March 23, 2016, as well as a leadership conference presented by the Oskin Leadership Institute at Widener University in the fall of 2016. 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 the High School Leadership Awards page

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, 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. are proud to be tobacco-free. Visit the university website,