VCU Honors Student Leaders and Distinguished Students

Distinguished students and student organizations came together on Thursday, April 17 in the Commonwealth Ballroom from 6-8 p.m. for the Leadership and Service Awards, an award show that recognized a variety of students and organizations for their outstanding leadership, service and commitment to VCU.

Students and organizations had the opportunity to win a variety of awards such as the national “Who’s Who” award, The Alumni Association Award, Board of Visitors Award, fraternity and sorority emerging leader, fraternity man and sorority woman of the year, outstanding student organization of the year, and more.

Dr. Rodriguez presented the Who’s Who Award, a national award given to some of the country’s most outstanding campus leaders. The recipients for this award are chosen on the basis of academic achievement, services to the community, leadership in extracurriculars and future potential.

Who’s Who Award Recipients
Photo by Maddy Hill

“These are some of the most outstanding campus leaders with endless future potential,” said Dr. Reuben Rodriguez, Associate Vice Provost and Dean of Student Affairs. ”

VCU recognized over a dozen Who’s Who Award recipients.

“Its definitely an honor to be recognized in a national program like Who’s Who,” said Carter Johnson, award recipient and junior broadcast journalism major. “This is a huge accomplishment and its great to see my hard work pay off.”

Other individual awards included fraternity and sorority man/ woman of the year, an award which recognizes an outstanding junior or senior man and woman who exemplify all the ideals of a fraternity man and sorority woman- the highest recognition and honor within the VCU fraternity and sorority community. This year, students from Pi Kappa Alpha and Alpha Gamma Delta were recognized.

Sarah Weaver- sorority woman of the year.
Photo by Maddy Hill

“I’m really excited about winning,” said sorority woman of the year recipient, Sarah Weaver of Alpha Gamma Delta. “All of my sisters really inspired me to do all that I have accomplished for this organization.”

Other prestigious awards included the William H. Duval Award for student activities and involvement, the VCU Alumni Association Award, the Division of Student Affairs Services Award and the most prestigious: The Board of Visitors Award, which awarded one student with a full year scholarship covering in-state tuition and fees.

This year’s Board of Visitors Award was given to senior Jessica Watts.

Numerous student organizations won awards for their leadership and service on campus.

Alpha Phi Omega and Alternative Spring Break won the award for top reported service hours from an organization.

Student organization of the year was won by Scholarship Sharing, and most improved student organization was won by Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT). Outstanding new student organization was won by Just Say Know.

The individual classification categories and winners were as follows:

Lorraine Santa Lucia, president of Scholarship Sharing receives the award for student organization of the year.
Photo by Maddy Hill
  • outstanding community service award- UNICEF at VCU
  • outstanding competitive student organization- Quidditch Club
  • outstanding cultural student organization- Filipino Americans Coming Together (FACT)
  • outstanding political student organization- Students for Sensible Drug Policy
  • outstanding professional student organization- National Society of Black Engineers
  • outstanding special interest student organization- Scholarship Sharing
  • outstanading sports club organization- Crew Team at VCU
  • outstanding media student organization – WVCW Radio

Adviser of the Year was won by Dr. Stephanie Goldberg from United 2 Heal.

The Best Community Service Project Award was given to MCV Campus Student Government Association

The Outstanding Community Service Award was given to Holly Fire Fellowship.

The Outstanding Local Community Service Award was given to National Society of Black Engineers.

The Student Organization Advocacy Award was given to UNICEF at VCU.

The awards show was followed by a reception in the James River Terrace.

To apply for next year’s awards, fill out an application online at w

For a complete list of awards winners, please visit


By Hannah Khan

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