The Peggy R. Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership recognizes students who excel academically, perform service to the College community and nation, and represent an exemplary level of accomplishment.

Nominations are open  Monday November 4, 2019 - November 25, 2019 

Nominate a Student Leader HERE!

Applications will be accepted from Monday, December 2,  2019 - Friday, January 10, 2020

Apply for PRWAACL HERE! 

The most outstanding students representing the College will be selected regardless of school or departmental affiliation. The names of students selected for the award will then be submitted to the national Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges.

Any Ithaca College faculty member, staff member, or student may nominate an outstanding junior or senior for the Peggy R. Williams Award for Academic and Community Leadership. Self-nominations are accepted.

To be nominated, a student must be a junior or senior. If the nominee is a transfer student, the student must have completed a minimum of 30 academic credits at Ithaca College. Transfer students may be nominated for contributions at their previous institutions on at least two of the aforementioned areas. The grade point average of nominees, however, must be achieved at Ithaca College.

All eligible nominees will be sent an application form to complete. Only students who complete the application will be considered.

To be considered, a student must have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade point average, be in good judicial standing, and have made a minimum of three contributions in at least two of the following areas:


Academic involvement includes activities in organizations within your school or department. Academic involvement may include: 

  • contributions to a student's department or school through performance activities
  • honorary societies
  • academic organizations
  • advisory boards
  • unpaid teaching assistant
  • delivering a paper at a conference

Co-curricular Involvement 

Co-curricular invovlement includes any extracurricular activities in organizations outside your academic school or department. Co-curricular may include: 

  • athletics
  • drama (non-majors)
  • music (non-majors)
  • involvement in campus student organizations
  • Ithaca College committees
  • volunteer work in the Ithaca area
  • receiving honors from outside the college community
  • resident assistant
  • orientation leader
  • teaching assistant
  • campus employment manager (Dining Services, Campus Center, Conference and Event Services)
  • on-campus intern

Community Service

Community service is defined as engagement in community based issues through the voluntary, uncompensated delivery of time and services. This includes direct community service experience which focuses on off-campus volunteer activities that contribute directly toward a particular area of need in a community. Please do not include activities in the community that are required for class work or scholarship program. Community Service may include: 

  • Peer Volunteer Corps
  • Big Brother/Big Sister
  • Habitat for Humanity 
  • Ithaca Youth Bureau and other youth based Ithaca community youth organization 
  • Special Olympics 
  • Service Saturday 
  • Alternative Breaks