(Chester, Pa., February 12, 2020) – Widener University, one of the nation’s premier universities for civic engagement and applied leadership, in partnership with WCAU-TV NBC10, today announced the winners of the Widener University High School Leadership Awards. In its ninth year, the program recognized 159 students from high schools in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware who demonstrated leadership within their communities.

Students were selected for their abilities to stand up for what is right, address a wrong and make a difference in their communities or schools. Among the winners, the Widener University High School Leadership Awards recognized students who:

  • Started initiatives to advocate for mental health awareness, anti-bullying programs, medical research advancements and economic equality.
  • Designed custom workout programs for children with special needs, developed social media apps to connect students with business leaders, and organized rallies to generate awareness for climate change.
  • Coordinated fundraisers and volunteered in third world countries to support underprivileged families and education programs.

“Widener is dedicated to developing leaders of character who become engaged citizens,” said Widener University President Julie E. Wollman. “We are proud to partner with NBC10 to recognize, through this program, the next generation of leaders who reflect our core principles of respect, integrity and excellence. I look forward to personally congratulating each deserving student at the upcoming awards ceremony.”

Winners are invited to a celebratory program at the National Constitution Center on March 31 and a leadership conference in the fall of 2020 presented by the Oskin Leadership Institute, Widener University’s world-class leadership program that aims to inspire and prepare students to become strategic leaders and responsible citizens. In addition to being recognized as young leaders in the region, if students enroll at Widener University as undergraduates, they will take part in Widener’s prestigious Apogee Leadership Scholars program and receive a $20,000 scholarship over four years. Apogee Scholars receive four years of leadership programming, an Oskin Leadership Certificate and a full year of individual leadership coaching.

“NBC10 and Telemundo62 are proud to continue our partnership with Widener University and the Widener High School Leadership Awards which recognizes the leaders of tomorrow,” said Ric Harris, President and General Manager of NBC10 and Telemundo62. “These students have achieved academic excellence while inspiring positive change in their communities.”

For more information regarding the High School Leadership Awards and to view a complete list of winners, please visit the High School Leadership Awards page. For information on each recipient, please contact Victoria Schaffer at vschaffer@briancom.com or 484-385-2983.


I ain’t mad at Widener, but what’s going on with the high schools in Chester that not one of the 14 scholarships to Delaware County students stayed in the city? 

S.Roots