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:

  • Recognize the accomplishments of Black students
  • Encourage those students who improve the quality of life on our campus and in the community
  • Acquaint the university community with the achievements and contributions of Black students

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 advisors, faculty, staff and students.


Requirements for Nominee

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

  • Essay, 500 words or less, detailing all activities
  • Current resume
  • Interview will be scheduled after essay and resume are submitted.

Deadlines