Widener University Recognizes Area Students at 13th Annual High School Leadership Awards

Widener University, in partnership with NBC10 and Telemundo62, honored the winners of the 13th annual Widener University High School Leadership Awards during a ceremony at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia.

The awards recognize high school juniors in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware who have displayed exemplary leadership in their communities, allowing for the university to honor more than 1300 students over more than a decade.

This year, the program recognized 137 students who were selected for their ability to stand up for what they believe in, speak out on behalf of others, and make an impact in their communities.

This year’s recipients collectively accumulated more than 700 hours of community service over the past year, upheld rigorous academic course loads while still being involved in numerous extracurricular activities, and served as mentors for others in their communities.

“You are a remarkable group of young people with bright futures ahead,” said Tracy Davidson, NBC10 news anchor and emcee of the event. “I have no doubt that I’m standing in a room of future leaders in business, politics, education, healthcare – and maybe even a few news anchors!”

In addition to recognition for their work, award recipients will participate in the university’s prestigious Apogee Leadership Scholars program and receive a $20,000 scholarship over four years, should they choose to enroll at Widener as an undergraduate student.

Apogee Scholars also participate in four years of leadership programming and earn a Widener Leadership Certificate, further distinguishing them as effective leaders for their communities. Many current Apogee Scholars were in attendance at the event to talk with students and share their experiences in the program and at Widener.

“Participating in the Apogee program helps our students gain a sense of belonging and place at Widener as they continue to develop their leadership strengths,” said President Stacey Robertson in her address to award recipients. “At Widener, it’s our mission to empower our community of learners to discover and create better futures, and we need young leaders like all of you here today to help us fulfill that mission.” 

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