Husky 100

Applications for the 2020 Husky 100 are now closed. Our sincere thanks to all who applied, nominated, endorsed or otherwise participated. The 2020 Husky 100 will be named in early March — stay tuned!

Nomination and Application Information

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Eligibility and Application Components
Husky 100 Criteria
Application Workshops and Support
Nominate a Student
Question & Answer

Eligibility and Application Components

Through your Husky 100 application, you will describe what you’ve learned through your most transformative experiences as a UW student – whether it’s one thing or 10. It could be an internship or field work. Tutoring or studying abroad. Volunteering for a political campaign or taking on a family responsibility.

Who is Encouraged to Apply?

The Husky 100 is not about what you have accomplished it is about how you have grown and transformed during your time as a student. UW juniors and seniors (by credits earned) and matriculated graduate students on the Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses are eligible. Those students graduating autumn quarter, 2019 are also eligible to apply.

Applicants must be in good academic standing and not on academic probation, as determined by the Office of the Registrar.

Your UW Story

The Husky 100 celebrates students who make connections between experiences and classroom learning. Husky 100 students are engaged in their communities, work at becoming effective leaders, and attempt to solve difficult and ambiguous challenges. They strive to be prepared for their future – no matter what it brings. The Husky 100 celebrates students who have achieved and those who persist despite setbacks.

Every story includes twists and turns, highs and lows, that all contribute to personal, professional, and academic development. As such, when selecting the Husky 100, we want to understand what you’ve done and most importantly what you’ve learned through your Husky Experience; in other words, how you have transformed because of your time at the UW.

Through the following three prompts address all Husky 100 Criteria. You may use your preferred format (essay, video, e-portfolio – more information below) to tell your story. 

  • What moments, experiences, relationships, successes, or setbacks have had the greatest impact on you during your time at the UW?
    • These can be experiences from in and out of the classroom, on and off-campus, affiliated with UW or not. You must include at least one academic experience and one out-of-class experience. 
  • Connect your stories. Show us how you make meaning across experiences. 
    • How have these experiences shaped your understanding, perspective or behavior in the other experiences(s)?
    • What learning did you take away from these experiences, and how did it change or impact you?
  • So what does this mean for your future; your goals, actions, relationships, and future self?

Formats for Applications + Rules & Restrictions

We are providing the option of three formats so that you can choose the one you feel is best suited to your strengths while conveying unique story. You can choose an essay, a video, or E-portfolio. For more information on the various format, please visit the Q&A section of the Husky 100 website.

    • Essays can be no longer than 1,200 words
    • Videos can be no longer than 4 minutes 30 seconds and should be submitted via a publicly available link (Vimeo, YouTube, etc.)
    • E-portfolios (electronic portfolios/websites) should include no more than six webpages, including a homepage, and contain no more than 1,200 words in total.

Resume or CV

Tailor your resume or CV to demonstrate your involvement, experiences, responsibilities, awards and coursework as they relate to the Husky 100 selection criteria.

Letter(s) of Endorsement

Your endorsers will answer the following questions: How long have you known this student and in what capacity? What makes this student stand out as deserving of the Husky 100 award? Would you be proud for this student to represent the University of Washington to the community? Why or why not?

Examples of Potential Student Experiences

UW students engage inside and outside the classroom in a myriad of ways. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Service learning
  • Community service
  • Participation with groups/teams/clubs/organizations – in and out of the classroom, and on- and off-campus
  • Case study competitions or other team projects set in the classroom
  • Mentoring others, or have been mentored themselves
  • Work on- or off-campus
  • Internships or practical experience in a career or field of interest
  • Research, field work or lab work
  • Tutoring or teaching
  • Studying abroad
  • Capstone/senior projects
  • Thesis/dissertation
  • Portfolio work
  • Community organizing
  • Participating in learning communities
  • Taking unique responsibility for family or personal relationships
  • Overcoming challenging life circumstances

Remember this: We’re looking for more than a list of your activities and accomplishments. We want to know what you did, what you learned, how you contributed, what you would do differently, how this prepares you for the future, how you made a difference.

We’re not going to lie. The application is intense. But, just going through the process will prepare you for a job search, scholarship application, grad school or life in general.

Resources for Building Your Application

Husky 100 Criteria

The Husky 100 know that education happens inside and outside of the classroom, and they are making a difference on campus, in their communities, and for the future. Through their passion, leadership and commitment, these students inspire all of us to shape our own Husky Experience.

Students are evaluated on how well they demonstrate the following:

Connect the Dots

The Husky 100 find connections – not boundaries – between what they learn in the classroom and what they discover beyond it. They link subject matter and practical experience. They grow with every observation, conversation and endeavor. They question the answer.

Discovery Mindset

The Husky 100 embrace innovation and novel ways of thinking. They are curious, driven and resilient. They see challenges – not problems – which they engage with passion and creativity. To them, ambiguity is opportunity. They respond to shifting situations with optimism, determined to find the way forward.

Commitment to Inclusive Community

The Husky 100 seek understanding of and engagement with diverse communities, and knowledge of different cultures in a complex world. They navigate various settings and workplaces; and through partnership and service, these students work toward a more just and equitable world.

Capacity for Leadership

Motivated from within, the Husky 100 lead from wherever they are without need for a role, title, or position. They lead from the side, from the front, from behind, from within. They are activists, entrepreneurs, researchers, managers, mentors, family members, explorers and teachers. They engage others to make a difference with their organizations and communities. They are self-aware, confident, resilient and mindful leaders who put the needs of others ahead of their own.

Ready for What Is Next

Energized by their Husky Experience, the Husky 100 are ready for life’s next steps – no matter what those might be. Undeterred by the risk of failure, they pursue their own goals with savvy and fortitude. With an understanding of their strengths and backed by strong communities and relationships, they know how to find the people, resources or information to fill the gaps.

Application Workshops and Support

Attending an application workshop provides you with clear insights about the Husky 100 application process and the opportunity to ask questions. Below you can watch an online application workshop for more information about preparing an application. Stay tuned for further details about upcoming in-person workshops.

UW Bothell Sessions

Students may make an appointment with UW Bothell Career Services to review resumes or CVs and application materials, including essays, videos, and e-portfolios.

The Writing and Communications Center, with support from Career Services, Student Engagement & Activities, and the Diversity Center, will provide application writing workshops at the following dates and times.

  • Jan. 8, 2020 (Wed.): 3:30-5:30 p.m., ARC-121
  • CANCELLED: Jan. 14, 2020 (Tue.): 4-5:30 p.m., DISC-464 (this session has been cancelled, as UW Bothell operations have been suspended due to snow)

For more information on UW Bothell’s info sessions, contact Sam Al-Khoury at

UW Seattle Sessions

  • Jan. 7, 2020 (Tue.): 3:30-4:30 p.m., Haggett Olympic Room
  • Jan. 10, 2020 (Fri.): 11 a.m.-12 p.m., Mary Gates Hall 134 (Career & Internship Center)
  • Jan. 13, 2020 (Mon.): 3:30-4:30 p.m., Alder 107

For more information on UW Seattle’s info sessions, contact

UW Tacoma Sessions

  • Jan. 8, 2020 (Wed.): 12:30-1:30 p.m., West Coast Grocery room 322
  • Jan. 9, 2020 (Thu.): 4-5 p.m., Cherry Parkes room 303

For more information on UW Tacoma’s info sessions, contact Daniel Nash at

Nominate a Student

In 2017, 89 of the Husky 100 were nominated by a faculty or staff member; while students may apply directly, receiving a nomination or an encouragement is an important source of motivation – and this is especially true for those who otherwise might not imagine themselves as a candidate. The nomination and application windows for the 2020 Husky 100 have closed.

Questions and Answers

Here are questions and answers about the Husky 100 award. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, email

About the Husky 100

Who is eligible to apply?

Juniors, seniors and graduate students on any of the UW’s campuses may apply. To be considered for this honor, students must submit a completed online application by the application deadline, and be in good academic standing with the UW. Students who are graduating in autumn quarter 2019 are eligible to apply.

Why should I apply? What is included as part of the recognition?

The Husky 100 will receive:

  • Recognition at a Husky 100 event in spring quarter and individual profiles on a Husky 100 website
  • 1 year free membership in the Alumni Association upon graduation
  • Opportunities throughout the following academic year to expand networks with UW students, alumni, faculty, staff and business leaders
  • Membership in an exclusive LinkedIn group that will help build connections with employers
  • Customized career counseling from the UW Career Center
  • Invitations to events hosted by the UW president and provost


What is expected in an e-portfolio?

E-portfolios – electronic portfolios or websites – must highlight your Husky Experience and should include no more than six webpages, including a homepage, and contain up to 1,200 words in total.  You don’t need to be a web developer to submit an effective e-portfolio.  The quality of your content is the most important thing.  And, lucky for you there are many tools available to help you create dynamic and engaging e-portfolios at no or low cost to you – many offer student discounts. A few options are:

What is expected in a video?

Videos can be up to 4 minutes and thirty seconds long.  The video should be submitted via a link (Vimeo, YouTube, or other site).  You don’t need to be a film director to create effective video applications.  While quality videos are always appreciated it the quality of your content that matters.

UW Bothell students can find equipment and support with Information Technologies.

UW Seattle students can find equipment at the Student Technology Loan Program.

UW Tacoma students can find equipment and support with Information Technology.

What is expected in an essay?

Essays can be up to 1,200 words.  You don’t need to be a published author or creative storyteller to submit an effect essay. The content of your story is what matters.

UW Bothell Students can find writing support at the Writing and Communication Center.

UW Seattle Students can find writing support at the Odegaard Writing & Research Center and CLUE.

UW Tacoma students can find writing support at the Teaching and Learning Center.

Do I need to address all five criteria in my application?

Each application will be evaluated on the student’s ability to address all of the Husky 100 criteria that relate to their own student experience. The way in which you link the criteria to one another – “connect the dots” – will make your application stronger.

Which experiences should I highlight?

As part of your application, you should emphasize a few high impact experiences that helped you define your Husky Experience. Keep in mind that you will also submit a resume or CV with your application. Think of every aspect of your application as complementary to one another, and highlight those connections.

What is considered a high impact experience?

A high impact experience is something that helped define your Husky Experience. These experiences may include study abroad, service learning, conducting research or volunteer work.  A more expansive list can be found in the Eligibility and Application Components section at the top of this page.

How is everything weighted? Internships, high impact experiences, GPA and so on?

Your application will be evaluated holistically, which means all of the components of the application will give you an overall application score. No single component of the application will be evaluated separately.  However, among the Husky 100 Criteria be sure that address how you Connect the Dots.

Do I have to submit a transcript as part of the Husky 100 application?

A transcript is required to verify that the applicant is in good academic standing. Without a transcript, the application will be considered incomplete and will not be review

Nominations and Endorsements

What is the difference between nominating and endorsing a student?

A nomination serves as an invitation to apply to be part of the Husky 100 and is an acknowledgement from the nominator of the student’s personal growth and contribution to their community.  Any member of the UW community can nominate a student but the student must take action to apply.

An endorsement is a formal statement, that is part of the student’s application, as to why the student deserves to be recognized as part of the Husky 100.  Endorsements require the student to ask an endorser to write on their behalf.

Who may nominate a student?

Anyone – faculty, staff, alumni, community members or students – may nominate a UW student to be part of the Husky 100. Once nominated, a student is invited to complete the online application in order to be considered.

How do I nominate a student?

The nomination and application windows for the 2020 Husky 100 have closed.

Do I need to be nominated, or may I apply directly myself?

Any matriculated junior, senior or graduate UW student in good academic standing may apply directly to the Husky 100. Reviewers will have no way of knowing if a student self-applies or was nominated.

How do I endorse a student?

As part of the Husky 100 application, each applicant will enter an endorser’s name and contact information. Then, the endorser will receive an email with instructions on how to submit an endorsement online by the application deadline. Endorsers will briefly answer each of the following questions (no letter of recommendation required):

  • How long have you known this student and in what capacity?
  • What makes this student stand out as deserving of the Husky 100 award?
  • Would you be proud for this student to represent the University of Washington to the community? Why or why not?

Whom should I ask to endorse me?

You may have up to two endorsers. One must be a UW faculty or staff member, and the second, optional endorser may be anyone you choose, such as a community member or a peer. Endorsers should speak to your contributions to the community, whether on campus or beyond.

Are peer endorsements weighted differently?

Peer endorsements are encouraged but not required. A strong peer endorsement will help strengthen your application.

May I change my endorser?

You may make changes to your application until you submit it. At that point, your application becomes final.

Do I need to secure a second endorser, or is it optional?

The second endorsement is optional. Your application will not be at a disadvantage if you do not submit a second endorsement.