Jane Wallis Named Recipient of The George Washington Award
Graduate Honored With Prestigious Award at Commencement on National Mall
May 20, 2014
WASHINGTON - GW women's soccer senior Jane Wallis was honored and recognized for her contributions to the university over the past four years with the prestigious George Washington Award at Commencement on the National Mall on Sunday, May 18.
Wallis shares the award with Edward McCord, an associate professor in the Elliott School of International Affairs and Samantha Margulies, a rising third-year medical student in the School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Titled after the university's namesake, the George Washington Award recipients were nominated by members of the university community and were selected by the Joint Committee of Faculty and Students.
"The students and faculty who receive the GW Award have each, in his or her own way, shaped our university, making it the outstanding institution it is today," Provost Steven Lerman said to GW Today.
To be nominated for the esteemed honor, individuals must have made exceptional contributions to the university towards realization of the following objectives: utilization of the university's historical, geographical, and functional relationship to the nation's capital and the Washington, D.C. community; enhancement and development of students' abilities; provision of superior instruction and academic facilities; provision of a balanced program of student extracurricular activities; demonstration of exceptional competence, integrity, and goodwill in the performance of university responsibilities.
"I am extremely honored to receive this award and I accept it on behalf of everyone involved with The Grassroot Project," said Wallis. "As student-athletes it is our responsibility to represent GW with the utmost integrity on the field as well as in our community. Working with The Grassroot Project the past four years has been one of the most rewarding experiences and I look forward to watching the program expand and grow in the future."
This is not the first time Wallis has been recognized for her dedication to service, however, as she garnered the notable accolade of Outstanding Student Service Award for her exceptional commitment to supporting the needs and interest of the community locally, nationally and globally at the university's 29th annual Excellence in Student Life Awards in April. Wallis capped her four years as a GW student-athlete as president of the 2013-14 Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC), while she was also a Leader of Distinction in the GW Leadership Academy's Leadership 360 Program, which is designed for senior leaders who have successfully completed both the Emerging and Veteran Leaders programs. Most notably, Wallis completed over 150 hours of community service this year 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.
This winter, Wallis traveled to Newport News, Virginia 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.
A senior co-captain this fall for the GW women's soccer program, Wallis started all 18 contests and, after moving from defense to midfield, became the team's leading scorer with four goals and an assist for nine points. Wallis also helped guide the Colonials to an Atlantic 10 Championship appearance for the first time in her four-year career. Off the field, she has been named to the Atlantic 10 Commissioner's Honor Roll five times and earned a spot on the GW Athletics Academic Dean's List seven times.
"This is such a huge honor for Jane and she is certainly deserving of the award," said Karen Ercole, Associate Athletics Director of Educational Support Services, who nominated Wallis for the award. "Jane is of the highest integrity and character and she truly represents all the very best that one would expect a GW student, athlete and citizen to be."
Wallis graduated from the Milken Institute School of Public Health on Sunday with a pre-health professional concentration, and she has already begun classes toward pursuing her Master of Public Health, which she will complete in the fall of 2014.