Athletics News

Jane Wallis Earns University's Outstanding Student Service Award

April 17, 2014

GW women’s soccer senior Jane Wallis was honored with the distinguished Outstanding Student Service Award at the George Washington University’s 29th annual Excellence in Student Life Awards on Wednesday evening.

The Excellence in Student Life Awards program, which was held at Lisner Auditorium, honors the most outstanding students, student organizations, faculty and staff members at GW. Of the more than 20 awards that were presented, Wallis received the notable accolade that recognizes an individual’s dedication to community service and support.

To be considered for the Outstanding Student Service Award, individuals must have exhibited exceptional commitment to supporting the needs and interests of the community locally, nationally and/or globally through direct community service, as well as share the passion with the GW campus community.

Wallis embodies all of these qualities as she served as a women’s soccer co-captain this fall, is the current Student-Athlete Advisory Council President and is a Leader of Distinction in the GW Leadership Academy’s Leadership 360 Program, designed for senior leaders who have successfully completed both the Emerging and Veteran Leaders programs. This winter, Wallis traveled to Newport News, Va., for the annual Atlantic 10 SAAC Meeting where she was joined by 12 other student-athletes from institutions around the league to take part in a wide range of programming, with the goal of enhancing the total student-athlete experience by promoting opportunity, protecting student-athlete well-being and fostering a positive student-athlete image.

In addition to her work within the athletics department, Wallis has also completed over 150 hours of community service as The Grassroot Colonials program coordinator, an initiative that partners with Georgetown and Howard to bring HIV/AIDS education to at-risk middle schools in the District of Columbia.

“Jane's dedication every week in bringing dozens of motivated student-athletes to at-risk youth communities to teach about HIV awareness has made an extraordinary impact in Washington,” said Life Skills Coordinator Ted Costigan.

“I'm honored as a representative of The Grassroot Project to be presented with an award that shows the service that student-athletes at GW participate in all year,” added Wallis.