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President’s Student Leadership Award

Each year, the President’s Student Leadership Award is presented to a graduating student for exemplary leadership and scholarship. The recipient is selected from nominations received from faculty, staff and students of the Cañada community. The 2018 nomination process is now open!

The award recipient will be selected based on the following criteria: 

  • has made meaningful contributions to the lives of students, his/her community, and/or Cañada College.
  • demonstrated outstanding academic achievement;
  • reflects a committed pursuit of educational goals;
  • demonstrates leadership qualities that represent the values and mission of the College,
  • achieved a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher,
  • is a graduating student in Summer 2017, Fall 2017, or Spring 2018.


Any member of the Cañada community - faculty, staff and students - may nominate for this award. The selection committee will consider all complete nominations received, so please make sure your submitted form includes an attachment, supporting your nomination.

Remember to submit complete nomination form with attachment by Monday, April 16 at 4:00 pm to the Office of the President.

Thank you.



2018 President's Leadership Award Recipient: Nominations Open.

2017 President’s Leadership Award Recipient: Andrea Charlson Johnson

AJAndrea Chlarson Johnson, also known as AJ, is no stranger to the Cañada community. After serving in the military, AJ became a student at Cañada College in 2014 and an active member in the STEM Center by becoming an EPIC Leader and tutor. Since her start, AJ has been recognized for her leadership abilities, earning the Emerging Leader Award through ASEE for her work with the Robotics Club, now known as the Engineering Design Club. In addition, in 2015 AJ won the Outstanding Tutor award from the Learning Center and the Most Improved Club award for her work with the Engineering Design Club.

AJ will graduate with an AS in Physics, AS in Engineering, and an AA in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Natural Sciences and Mathematics this Spring 2017 semester. She will continue to make a difference next semester at UCLA where she will pursue a BS in Physics. In terms of long term goals, she is open and excited for the many opportunities the field of Physics has to offer, whether it may be teaching, research, or working in the private sector.


Past President’s Leadership Award Recipients

2016 Jessica Susan Rose
2015 Sarahi Salamanca Espinoza
2014 Nikita Michelson
2013 Doris Vargas
2012 Tristan Sheldon
2011 Xochitl Rios
2010 Violeta Crow
2009 Ashley Cohen and Alex Maldonado-Garcia
2008 Noel Chavez