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Undergraduate student awards

The Stanford Alumni Association recognizes extraordinary undergraduates with the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award, the Outstanding Achievement Award and the Award of Excellence, which evaluate both demonstrated and potential service to the university. Such service could include involvement in athletics, clubs, drama and musical productions, fundraising, journalism, public service, religious organizations, residential education, social and political organizations, student government or university committees.

J.E. Wallace Sterling Award

Named for J.E. Wallace Sterling, who served as Stanford’s president from 1949 to 1968 and as chancellor until 1985, the J.E. Wallace Sterling Award recognizes a graduating senior whose undergraduate leadership and volunteer activities have made the largest impact on the Stanford community. 

Headshot of Will Paisley

Congratulations to Will Paisley, ’20, winner of the 2020 J.E. Wallace Sterling Award! Read more about Will.

See past recipients (PDF)

Outstanding Achievement Award

Created in 2011, the Outstanding Achievement Award is granted to J.E. Wallace Sterling Award finalists. These top senior(s) have made a significant impact on the campus community with undergraduate activities that demonstrate the strong potential for continued service to the university and the alumni community.

Congratulations to Courtney Cooperman, ’20, and Sheck Mulbah, ’20, winners of the 2020 Outstanding Achievement Award!

Read more about the recipients

Award of Excellence

Designed to recognize the top 10% of the class, the Award of Excellence honors graduating seniors who have demonstrated a sincere commitment to the university through involvement, leadership and extraordinary Stanford spirit.

See 2020 award recipients (PDF)