Dr. Dorothy Pijan Student Leadership Awards


The Student Leadership Awards were created by Dr. Dorothy Pijan in 1986 to recognize and honor CWRU's outstanding undergraduate student leaders. Dr. Pijan worked at CWRU as the director of Thwing Center and Student Activities from 1982-2003.

Dr. Pijan was a well-respected and nationally known student union professional. She had an incredible passion, drive and dedication to student leadership. After her death in 2003, the awards were named in her honor to recognize her many contributions to student life at Case Western Reserve University.

Over 20 different student leadership awards for both undergraduate and graduate students are presented during an awards ceremony in the spring. Nominations are solicited from across the campus and the winners are selected by an anonymous committee.


Awards Process and 2023 Timeline

Nomination Period

During the nomination period students, faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the nomination form recognizing outstanding students, programs, organizations and advisors. To nominate, you select an award, name a person, program or organization that should be considered for that award and write a short paragraph stating why the nominee is deserving of the award and answer one or two questions supporting your stance. The entire nomination process should only take about 10 minutes!

If you are wondering what to write in your nomination, consider the following questions. Please keep in mind that for most awards (President's Award excluded) we hope to hear about what they have accomplished this awards period (from February 2022 through February 2023).

  • How has the student, program or organization positively impacted the campus community?
  • Why does this student, program or organization stand out?
  • What makes this student, program or organization EXTRAordinary?
  • How has this student, program or organization made the lives of those around them better?

Please be sure that the nominee meets the award criteria before submitting. 

Submit your Nominations

The nominations deadline is Friday, March 3, 2023 at Noon.

Awards Ceremony and Reception

The Awards Ceremony is an opportunity to celebrate all nominees! All students nominated for awards are encouraged to attend and will be recognized. Award winners are also announced during this event.

Academic Year 2022-2023's ceremony and reception will take place from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2023 in the Tinkham Veale University Center, Grand Ballroom A & B.

For more information, please contact Dominic Gattozzi at dxg510@case.edu