Nelson Mandela Award

Nelson Mandela Award

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, was an anti-apartheid activist. He became the first fully democratically elected President of South Africa.

The aim of the award program is to acknowledge those students who demonstrate a commitment to:

  • individual pursuits promoting expression of Black culture, history, and values.
  • academic excellence and advancement of scholarship.
  • cultivating community through service to improve quality of life for Black people at WashU, in St Louis, and globally.

Category of Award

Undergraduate – Leadership


Award Criteria

Nominee must be a current undergraduate student leader at Washington University in St. Louis who creates a shared vision, elicits the strengths of others, perseveres in the face of adversity, and/or who inspires a grander vision.


Nomination Process

Student can self-nominate or be nominated by Washington University administrators, academic advisers, faculty, staff and students.


Requirements for Nominee

Once a student has been nominated, they must submit the following documents:

  • Essay 250 words or less, detailing all activities
  • Current resume
  • Interview will be scheduled after essay and resume are submitted.

Awards Program is cancelled due to the CORVID-19 Virus as of 3/13/2020.