Wangari Maathai Award

Wangari Maathai Award

Wangari Maathai

Wangari Maathai, was the first African woman to win a Nobel Peace Prize for her work in environmental sustainability.

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

Graduate – Community Service


Award Criteria

Nominee must be a current graduate student at Washington University in St. Louis who has demonstrated a commitment to public service by improving the lives of others, engaging in civic activities, serving local, national or international communities, and/or demonstrating selflessness and compassion.


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 document:

  • Essay, 750 words or less, on community service activities
  • Interview will be scheduled after essay is submitted.

Deadlines