Carlson Leadership & Public Service Center

Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award

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Named for one of Seattle’s foremost civic leaders, the Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award recognizes individual students who have demonstrated a strong commitment to public service, provided outstanding leadership in the community, and who are committed to continued creative civic participation. The Carlson Student Leadership Award recipient will receive $2500 and be honored at the annual Spring Celebration of Service & Leadership on May 20, 2015.


In order to be eligible for the Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award, candidates must be enrolled as a junior or senior at the University of Washington during the current academic year and should be working toward their first baccalaureate degree. The Award is open to students from all three University of Washington campuses. .


The application deadline for the 2015 Edward E. Carlson Student Leadership Award is 11:59 pm on Monday, April 13, 2015. Interviews with finalists will occur Thursday, April 23, 2015.

How to apply

Please email a completed application packet to by 11:59 pm on Monday, April 13th. A completed application packet will include the following:

  • A cover sheet which provides your name, student number, and contact information (including mailing address, phone number, and email address).
  • A current University of Washington transcript (unofficial is fine).
  • A demonstration of yourself as an engaged community member and leader. Please include an essay (1000 words maximum) and up to 3 “artifacts” of your service and leadership work. An artifact can include (but is not limited to) photographs, links to relevant web sites, videos, examples of products created as a part of your service and leadership work, press clippings, etc.The selection committee is interested in learning about your conception and practice of civic leadership. Please address the following questions in your essay.
    • What is/are your project(s)? Put another way, in what way(s) have you demonstrated your civic leadership?
    • What community issue(s) have you addressed through your public service activities?
    • What resources have you built upon to address this issue/these issues (i.e. community organizations, public research, advocacy work, community councils, etc.)
    • How do define civic leadership?  What elements of civic leadership and public service have you demonstrated in your community engagement?
    • How do you plan to use your civic leadership skills in the future?
  • In addition to the elements above, we require all applicants to submit a recommendation letter from a mentor who has been involved in or advised you in your civic leadership and public service activities. This mentor can be a community member, a personal mentor, or a University of Washington staff member, faculty member, or graduate student. Recommendation letters may be submitted by the student, or may be emailed separately to with the student name included in the subject line of the email.

Questions and nominations

In past years, we have encouraged the community (both on and off campus) to nominate eligible students for this award. In 2015, we are moving away from a nomination process and instead encourage you to forward information about this award, and the application procedures, to eligible UW students.

If you have questions about this award, feel free to email
Please email a completed application packet to by 11:59 pm on Monday, April 13th.