Nominate a student for Switzer award

The Women’s Society of Washington University (WSWU) is seeking nominations for the Harriet K. Switzer Leadership Award, which was named for Switzer upon her retirement as secretary to the Board of Trustees and university coordinator of the Women’s Society.

The Women’s Society of Washington University (WSWU) presents this award annually to one or more graduating seniors, recognizing young women who have made a significant contribution to the university and have demonstrated exceptional potential for future leadership.

Recipients are selected according to the following criteria:

  • Full-time senior woman student
  • Minimum GPA of 3.25
  • Recognized leadership and exceptional potential for future leadership
  • Record of demonstrated service to others
  • Noted excellence in a chosen pursuit which has contributed significantly to the Washington University community, e.g.,
    • A co-curricular or community service activity
    • A new project or program
    • An original piece of work

Nominations are solicited from administrators, deans, academic advisers, faculty, staff, and student leaders. Students may nominate themselves or others. Two references are required for all nominees.

Since its founding in 1965, the Women’s Society has brought together women in the St. Louis community to participate in on-campus educational, leadership and service opportunities. The award reflects the society’s mission to foster leadership, and it provides a $500 cash award and recognition at WSWU’s annual membership meeting in April.

The deadline for nominations is Feb. 7. The nomination form is available electronically at and should be returned to the WSWU Office at Campus Box 1081 or emailed to