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 their graduate program.
Nominations open: Year-round, deadline October 22, 2023
Recipient announced: Board of Directors Honors and Awards Ceremony
Nominees: Masters Students
Nominators: Students will self-nominate for the award.
Eligibility and 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 with degree conferral between June 8 - December 6, 2023.
- Students will self-nominate by applying for the award.
- One master’s student will be selected per college as the college winner.
- Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences
- College of Nursing
- College of Health Sciences and Public Policy
- College of Management and Human Potential
- College of Social and Behavioral Health
- College of Psychology and Community Services
- College of Allied Health
- One master’s student will be selected as the overall winner.
Note: The overall winner will be invited to the Board of Directors Honors and Awards Ceremony for the presentation of the award.
If you have any questions, contact [email protected].
Summer 2023: Ebony Thomas Holliday, College of Social and Behavioral Health
Winter 2023: Darrian Pelkey, MSW, College of Social and Behavioral Health
Summer 2022: Chima Onwuka, MS College of Social and Behavioral Health
Winter 2022: Latrell Floyd, MS, College of Management and Technology
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