VANCOUVER – WSU Vancouver established two Community Awards of Distinction as part of its 20th anniversary celebration last year. The awards will be presented annually and nominations are currently being accepted.
 
The awards will be presented to community members or organizations in two categories: community partnership and equity, diversity and inclusion. Any member of the community may submit a nomination.
 
The award for community partnership will be given to an individual or organization whose leadership has made a significant impact on the community. The recipient will have demonstrated commitment to community partnerships, prosperity, vitality and overall well being within WSU Vancouver’s region, including southwest Washington and the greater Portland metropolitan geographic areas. A 500-word nomination essay should elaborate on the following: value to community, length of service, sustainability of effort/impact, leadership and collaboration.
 
The award for equity, diversity and inclusion will be given to an individual or organization whose exceptional achievement has broadly impacted equity, diversity and inclusion within WSU Vancouver’s region. A 500-word nomination essay should elaborate on the following: value to community, length of service/effort, long-term sustainability of achievement, breadth of reach, advocacy and impact.
 
Nomination forms may be downloaded from www.vancouver.wsu.edu/community then click “Community Award of Distinction.” The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20. Completed nomination forms may be sent to the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, WSU Vancouver, 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue, Vancouver, WA 98686, or e-mailed to lea_pfau@vancouver.wsu.edu or faxed to 360-546-9079. Questions may be directed to Lea Pfau at 360-546-9600.
 
Award winners will be selected by a committee of WSU Vancouver staff, faculty and community members. The awards will be presented at WSU Vancouver’s Scholarship and Service Dinner on Oct. 5.