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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.


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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?

  • Personal information (e.g., name, contact information, major)
  • Responses to five short-answer questions
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation:
    One must be from a WCU faculty or staff member, the second an individual of their choice (e.g., supervisor, mentor, advisor), but may NOT be another WCU student.
  • View the 1871 Award application

Complete the application  HERE

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 (senior, former 1871 Award recipient)
  • 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?

  • September: Call for nominations
  • October 25, 2020, 11:45 pm:  Deadline to apply
  • December: Selections made
  • January: Applicants notified
  • April 15, 2021:  Recipients honored at an award ceremony 

 List of Honorees


Emily Andrulonis

Lindsey Anna

Jai-La Aponte

Calista Balbierer

Brandon Barker

Elizabeth Brunnquell

Kristina Burdumy

Catherine Byrnes

Lipika Chandrashekar

Nicholas Clark

Olivia Cunningham

Gabrielle Davidheiser

Olwen DeSarno

Cameron Ducey

Elizabeth Edwards

Julia Edwards

Marissa Elizardo

Micaela Fennell

Abby Forlino

Andrew Gallagher

Mitchell Garber

Erin Gilligan

Amari Gilmore

Madison Gladfelter

Devon Godek

Gabrielle Haines

Savannah Hake

Alyssa Harvey

Samantha Harwood

Tyler Healy

Sarah Hoath

Lauren Horan

Mychelle Huynh

Payton Ingiosi

Madison James

Michaela Karlesses

Brianne Kerrigan

Jane Kim

Lauren Kirkpatrick

Elise Klingaman

Jennifer Knerr

Kartik Kumar

Allison LaBella

Samantha LaRocca

Lexi Laskowski

Isaac Linton

Kristen Loughlin

Darby MacAdams

Nicholas Marcil

Brianna McCabe

Abigail McMahon

Alexandra McQuillen

Jessica Meakim

Breanna Micolupo

Meredith Miller

Alexandra Moore

 Lena Morella

Michael Nangle

John Nowicke

Mary Parkes

Caitlin Pedersen

Jaime Pompe

Courtney Purdy

Kaylee Richard

Joyce Romero

Christoforos Sassaris

Carrie Smith

Cassandra Tiburcio

Rebecca Weaner

Laura Willem

Jeremy Wolfberg

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    Jaime Pome

  • Lauren Kirkpatrick

    Lauren Kirkpatrick

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