W.E.B. Du Bois Staff Mentor Award

William Edward Bur​ghardt​

William Edward Bur​ghardt​

W.E.B. (William Edward Burghardt) Du Bois was an American sociologist, historian, civil rights activist, Pan-Africanist, author and editor.

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

University Staff


Award Criteria

Faculty ARE NOT eligible for this award. Nominee(s) for this award must be an African or African American staff member at Washington University in St. Louis who has demonstrated a commitment to Black student’s success by serving as a mentor, advisor, counselor, friend or parental figure.


Nomination Process

Only undergraduate and graduate students can submit nominations for the Staff Mentor Award.


Requirements for Students who Nominate Staff

Student must submit:

Essay, 250 words or less, describing why their mentor is so important to them.

  • Describe an ongoing supportive relationship between themselves and their mentor
  • Describe a specific time when they were having a difficult time and were helped by their mentor
  • Describe what support was provided by mentor, etc.

NOTE: The student will present the award to their mentor after making a brief statement as to why their mentor has been so important to them.


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