Ashford CHAMPion Award

Ashford CHAMPion Award

Student Community Standards and Student Development and Engagement want to recognize Ashford University students who uphold the values of integrity, fairness, respect, responsibility, and community. The Ashford CHAMPion Award will be presented to the student or students who best exhibit Ashford University’s high community standards.  This quarter’s award goes to Wayne Wright.

“Even though I was laid off, there was no way that anything was going to prevent me from continuing to go to school.” 

The fuel that keeps Wayne Wright in school is not the promise of a promotion when he’s done.  It is not the hope that his degree will get him a raise.  What keeps Wayne going is a dogged resolution to finish his degree despite his setback.
For Wayne, life handed him lemons, but he turned his lemons into lemonade.  Wayne did this through using his circumstance as an opportunity to help others in the community.

As one of the early CHAMPS Peer Mentors, the peer mentoring program for Ashford students, Wayne devotes his time to helping new students ease their transition into school.  Wayne said that he finds great value in the program because he knows what it is like to come back to school and that the reward for helping people help offset any challenges he’s faced.

And that’s not all.  Wayne is also a recently elected officer of the Ashford University Online Psychology Club.  The purpose is not just to enhance his own development, but it is also to uplift the Ashford community by organizing discussions for students who share similar interests.

Wayne’s respect for the community does not stop at Ashford.  In his spare time, Wayne has become a certified life coach and uses his technological skills to moderate online chats during service at his local church. 

As a double major in psychology and organizational management, Wayne ultimately wants to take the things he’s learned from some of his favorite classes like Abnormal Psychology and Theories of Personality and apply them toward helping leaders in organizations develop themselves and develop better teams. 

Wayne is fulfilling a promise to himself to finish his degree and found the energy to do so through focusing not on himself, but on his community.  For that reason, Wayne is this quarter’s Ashford CHAMPion.  

Do you know an Ashford student who acts in an uplifting manner toward the community?  Are you aware of a student who is encouraging to those around them?  Do you know a student who has acted courageously in light of difficult circumstances?  Do you know a student who consistently demonstrates responsible and ethical behavior at all times?  Have you worked with a current student who has impressed you with their resilience and dedication? If you know a student like this, nominate them for the Ashford CHAMPion Award!

Student Community Standards and Student Development and Engagement want to recognize Ashford University students who uphold the values of integrity, fairness, respect, responsibility, and community.  The Ashford CHAMPion Award will be presented quarterly to the student or students who best exhibit Ashford University’s high community standards.
The award is open to all current and former Ashford University students.
Anyone (family, friends, staff, faculty, students) can nominate a student for the award.

Please take a few minutes to fill out the nomination form below and return to scs@ashford.edu

For any additional information or questions, please contact Student Community Standards at scs@ashford.edu or at 1-800-798-0584

Nomination Form