The Legacy Project Award recognizes an organization that has created & implemented a project that will continue with the chapter each year. The Legacy Project Award will be awarded to a chapter who has implemented & set a high standard for other organizations to follow.
- No violations found or pending review of the student organization policy, or reported by the national chapter in the past year
- Highest chapter standard distinction awarded for the award year
- Provides evidence of regular and sustained achievements or recognition that support the award description
- Demonstrates high-quality chapter activities aimed at engaging members
- Evidence of an active and engaged leadership board
- Recipient must be supported unanimously by the leadership team and advisors
- The University Awards Committee reviews submissions
- Top candidates are submitted to the Associate Provost of Student and Alumni Services for final review and approval
- There may be more than one award winner selected in a calendar year (based on the discretion of the review committee); however, if no qualified candidates are nominated, the award may not be given
- Award recipients are recognized during Commencement weekend
- Individual plaques for Chapter Officers and Advisors
- Perpetual Plaque in University Archives
- Award recipients are not required to attend Commencement to accept the award
West Virginia Students' Alliance
Jefferson County Restoration Project
The West Virginia Students' Alliance (WVSA) was created to serve the state of West Virginia by organizing university students, alumni, faculty, and staff in projects related to leadership and service. Initially chartered in 2017, the organization now has more than 130 members. WVSA is guided by chapter advisors Amanda Wilson-Echeverria and Holli Fergus.
The University’s chapter of WVSA has organized a local service project each year since the chapter was established. These projects have ranged from promoting literacy through the installment of a Little Free Library at the Ranson Civic Center in 2017 to garden restoration and equipment building for local schools in 2018 and 2019. In 2020, several WVSA members restored the Little Free Library at Ranson due to the high demand for books during the COVID-19 lockdown.
During 2021, the organization helped the local Boys and Girls Club of America organization with a large-scale project to restore their grounds and donated a new grill for picnics and other outdoor activities. Over 40 people showed up to support this event.
WVSA is committed to creating a strong partnership between the University and the local community in West Virginia. The community service this club has provided has helped to improve the lives of local residents.
The deadline for the 2024 award nominations is January 26, 2024. For additional information or questions, contact the University Awards Committee.