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Walden University Awards:
Citizenship Award

Walden celebrates the accomplishments of the university community—students, new graduates and those who supported them, alumni, and faculty—through a number of annual awards.

This award recognizes excellence in scholarship and service as a master’s student who embodies the ideals expressed in Walden University’s core values and a commitment to serving humankind.  Presented bi-annually (Summer and Winter Commencement) for Distinguished Scholarship, Service and Citizenship honoring a graduating graduate for excellence in citizenship contributions that have impacted positive social change in their community during his or her graduate program.


Nominations open: March 26, 2021

Recipient announced: National Faculty Meeting

Nominees: Graduating Masters Students

Nominators: Faculty

Eligibility and Criteria

General Criteria

The Citizenship Award recognizes master’s students who have demonstrated outstanding service over the duration of their time at Walden.  Students must have impacted positive change in their organization, their community, or in the lives of others.  Although the student’s academic record will be part of the criteria for eligibility, the breadth and depth of their service will be strongly considered.

Eligibility for nomination is based on Walden’s core values of scholarship and service.  Award recipients must be in good academic and disciplinary standing. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is expected for award recipients.

  • Students must be eligible for graduation by May 31, 2020.
  • Student Resume or CV
  • Faculty Nomination (no more than 1 page)

Award Process

  • One master’s student will be selected per college as the college winner
    • Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
    • College of Health Professions
    • College of Management & Technology
    • College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
  • One master’s student will be selected as the overall winner.

Note: in total, there will be 5 winners: 4 college winners and 1 overall winner chosen from the 4 college winners.  The 1 overall winner will be invited to the Board of Directors meeting for presentation of the award.


Nominate a Master’s student

Only faculty can nominate a student for this award.

Previous Recipients

Winter 2021: Sonya Antoine, MS, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Summer 2020: Alexandra Schuur, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Winter 2020: Christen Rinaldi, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

Summer 2019: Alan Barone, College of Management and Technology

Winter 2019: Christopher Davis, College of Management and Technology

Summer 2018: Lourdes A. Rodriguez, Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership