Student Leadership & Involvement Awards

The Winona State University Alliance of Student Organizations and the Warriors L.E.A.D. Series invite the WSU community to nominate students, WSU faculty/staff club/organization advisors, and recognized student clubs and organizations for a variety of awards.

We invite you to acknowledge the outstanding work and contributions they have made in 2019-2020 to improve our campus, community and our world.

Due to COVID-19, we are not able to recognize the award recipients and nominees with a campus ceremony. Instead, we are posting videos April 27-May 1 of the nominations of each award recipient and recognition of all the nominees in each category.

Videos will be posted on the Kryzsko Commons Student Union, Winona State Student Senate, The Winonan, and the Improving Our World Facebook pages as well as this website. Congratulations to all of the 2020 honorees!


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Individual Awards

A Leader Improving Our World

Presented to a student who actively celebrates the mission of WSU to serve generously, lead responsibly and respond imaginatively and creatively to the challenges of their work, their lives and their communities…a community of learners improving our world. Submit a nomination for A Leader Improving Our World.


Warrior Spirit

Presented to a student who is willing to step up and take risks for the betterment of the WSU community by striving to make positive changes for the campus. Submit a nomination for Warrior Spirit.


Rising Star

Presented to a student who is new to WSU (either a first-year student or a transfer student in their first year) who shows active involvement in an organized campus activity and is helping to make a difference on campus or in the club/organization/activity. Submit a nomination for Rising Star.


Recognized Student Club/Organization Awards

Outstanding Student Leader

Presented to a leader within a recognized club/organization at WSU who exemplifies excellence in their organization and works toward the benefit of others. Submit a nomination for Outstanding Student Leader.


Outstanding Club/Organization Advisor

Presented to a faculty/staff advisor of a recognized club or organization at WSU who has gone above and beyond in working with members, promoting the organization, serving as a mentor, and making a difference. Submit a nomination for Outstanding Club/Organization Advisor.


Outstanding Student Club/Organization

Presented to an active recognized student club/organization who represents the mission of WSU to serve generously, lead responsibly and respond imaginatively and creatively to the challenges of their work, their lives and their communities…a community of learners improving our world.

Submit a nomination for Outstanding Student Club/Organization.


Program/Event Awards

Community Engagement Program/Event Award

Presented to any group of students who planned and executed a single or series of programs/events/initiatives to benefit the community through volunteer service, fundraising, and/or community-building that provided a sense of fulfillment and a learning opportunity for its members.

Submit a nomination for the Community Engagement Program/Event Award


Social Program/Event Award

Presented to any group of students who planned and executed a single or series of programs/events/initiatives that provided a fun, safe, and welcoming environment for its members and/or the campus community.

Submit a nomination for the Social Program/Event Award


Educational Program/Event Award

Presented to any group of students who planned and executed a single or series of programs/events/initiatives that provided a unique learning opportunity outside the classroom to study an important topic that benefited its members and/or the campus community.

Submit a nomination for the Educational Program/Event Award


“Career Readiness” University Theme Program/Event Award

Presented to any group of students who planned and executed a single or series of programs/events/initiatives that supported the annual university theme.

In 2019-2020, the “Career Readiness” theme encompassed the 8 core competencies that employers seek in college graduates: critical thinking, leadership, collaboration and teamwork, professionalism and career management, oral and written communication, digital technology, global and cultural fluency, and civic engagement.

Submit a nomination for the University Theme Program/Event Award