Virginia Commonwealth University’s (VCU) annual Leadership & Service Awards took place on April 13, 2017 at 6 p.m. in the Commonwealth Ballroom in University Student Commons and highlighted some of VCU’s most accomplished students and organizations.
“The Leadership & Service Awards Ceremony is Virginia Commonwealth University’s opportunity to salute those students who represent the best in leadership and service at the university,” Michael Rao, President of Virginia Commonwealth University and VCU Health, said. “I am proud of the vital role these students played in the life of VCU.”
Students presented with awards were selected for their strong leadership and dedication to service in the VCU and Richmond community.
“It was really surprising, but actually really humbling. Reflecting on my four years, I could not have imaged that I was going to make such an impact and I’m very thankful and blessed for my experiences here,” Marvin Chau, senior biology major and recipient of the first Division of Student Affairs Senior Peer Leader Award, said.
2017 VCU Leadership & Service Awards include:
Emerging Leader Award
- Mathew Alexander
- Emiley Allison
Dr. Richard I. Wilson University Service Award
- Emmanuel Kenneth Cudjoe Jr.
- Ali Owens
University Leadership Award
- Isaiah Harvin
- Keith W. Zirkle
Alumni Association Award
- Andrea Nguyen
Dr. Henry G. Rhone Excellence in Student Affairs Award
- Andrea Nguyen
William H. Duvall Award
- Melissa Stamp
Three inaugural awards were given to student leaders within VCU’s Division of Student Affairs that demonstrate superior leadership within their department or division.
Division of Student Affairs Emerging Peer Leader Award
- Kevin Britton
Division of Student Affairs Senior Peer Leader Award
- Marvin Chau
Division of Student Affairs Peer Leader of the Year Award
- Abena Serwaa
VCU holds the Leadership & Service Awards every year to recognize students for contributions to student organizations, community service and co-curricular excellence. This event is administered through the Division of Student Affairs and managed by staff in the department of University Student Commons and Activities. These awards are considered the premiere awards at VCU for student leadership and service.
“This is really important to me because it’s a reflection of all the people that have supported me while I’ve been at VCU, especially staff in the Division of Student Affairs. I’m really grateful to receive the award and to have all my hard work pay off,” Melissa Stamp, junior advertising major and recipient of the William H. Duvall Award, said.
For more information about the Leadership & Service Awards, including award descriptions, please visit our website.
For photographs from the 2017 Leadership & Service Awards, visit the USC&A Flickr.