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Click below to view the 2021 virtual 1871 Awards ceremony:  

1871 Award Video Recipients


West Chester University 1871 Award

The 1871 Award was established in 2018 to recognize West Chester University juniors and seniors who are high-achieving in both the academic and co-curricular realms.  

Each year, up to 71 students will be honored for their outstanding accomplishments related to Academics, Leadership, Community Engagement, and Career Readiness.

Who is eligible to apply?

  • Undergraduate students who have completed at least 60 credits (30 of those must have been earned at WCU)
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25
  • Must be in good standing with regard to personal and academic conduct

On what criteria will students be evaluated?

  • Academics (GPA): 25%
  • Leadership: 25%
  • Community Engagement: 25%
  • Career Readiness: 25%

View the selection criteria rubric here

What materials will be requested for the application?

Who will evaluate the applicants?

Applications will be evaluated by a committee of WCU faculty and staff, as well as one student, representing the following areas:


  • Student Affairs senior leader (chair)
  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Health Sciences
  • College of Business & Public Management
  • College of the Sciences & Mathematics
  • College of Education & Social Work
  • School of Music
  • Student Affairs staff members (2)
  • Student 
  • University College

How will award recipients be honored?

  • 1871 Award honorees will be recognized at a spring award ceremony that will be attended by WCU senior leadership.
  • They will receive a certificate and a special “1871 Award” pin.
  • They will receive a special designation next to their name within the commencement program.
  • Their names will also be published and archived on the WCU website.

What is the timeline for this process?

  • October 3, 2022: Call for applications
  • November 6, 2022, 11:45pm: Deadline to apply
  • December: Selections made
  • January: Applicants notified
  • April 13, 2023:  Recipients honored at an award ceremony 

 List of Honorees

2022 list of honorees

Jalyss Agosto
Sasha Alvarado
Evan Brooks
Jocelyn Brown
Justin Caniz
Victoria Clayton
Faaith Crawford
Carlyn Crisi
Zaire Cuspud
Emily Dawson
Jacklyn DiPietro
Jared Flora
Grace Fuller
Daniel Gauntlett



Steven Kendikian
Ali Kochik
Casey Lehmann
James Lingman
Brian Lynch
Madison MacLean
Gabrielle Mahoney
Lionel McCulloch
Ronan McDermott
Shannon McKee
Cheyanne McManus
Chelsey Moore
Holland Morgan 
Agostino Nigro


Selda Oktay
Fanny Ortiz
Julien Margareth Padillo
Constantina Pappas
Quinaysia Payne
Andrew Sharp
Kayla Smith
Grace Soldacki
Aaron Stoyack
Lauren Torres
Caitlin Viespoli
Erica Westcott
Catherine Young
Zachary Zajkowski


2019 Honorees



2020 Honorees



2021 Honorees




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