Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership Scholarship


2017-2018 Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership Receipient Zoya Ahmed

Each year the President’s Community Advisory Committee on Diversity presents a Mary Washington student with the Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership. This award is given to a rising senior enrolled in the University, who possesses strong characteristics of leadership and demonstrates a personal commitment – advocating for diversity and inclusion across campus. Once the recipient is chosen he or she serves as an ambassador for diversity, a peer mentor to underrepresented students, and a voice for underrepresented populations to the faculty and staff.

Once chosen as the recipient of the Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership, the recipient will be asked to serve in various capacities throughout the 2016- 17 academic year. The on-going service agenda will be mutually beneficial, service will be provided to the campus community, and the student will continue to develop academically and socially.

Zoya Ahmed

2017 – 2018 Citizenship Award for Diversity Leadership Recipient

Zoya Ahmed is a rising senior at the University of Mary Washington with a major in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration. She is a Pakistani American who was born in New Jersey and grew up in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Zoya has been involved in the Islamic Student Association (ISA) since her freshman year including serving as Vice President her junior year and President this coming year. Through ISA, she helped organize campus-wide programs such as Islamic Cultural Celebration week and many panel discussions that have helped foster a better understanding of Islam and Muslims. She was also on the executive board for UMW UNICEF her sophomore year and then became President for her junior and senior year. She leads many fundraising events such as Trick or Treat for UNICEF and the Tap Water Project to help raise money for children in underprivileged children. She is also the social media chair of the Commuter Student Association where she organizes events for the commuters at UMW to connect with each other.

Additionally, she has been the team captain of the relay for life team “Saving Second” since her freshman year at UMW. She is committed to raising money for people who are suffering from cancer. Her team has raised over $3500 over the past three years. She does whatever she can to help others in need and has made it her passion to do so. She volunteers at the food bank and homeless shelter and also helps refugees at a local church. This past year, Zoya’s leadership and commitment to the service was recognized when she was presented the Who’s Who’s Among Students in American Colleges and Universities award.

During her senior year, Zoya will continue to help implement events that educate and enhance awareness on issues related to diversity and social justice within the UMW community.  She is a proponent for empowering individuals to become effective agents for positive social change. She is extremely grateful to have been chosen as the recipient of this award and strives to contribute to the work of diversity and inclusion on UMW’s campus.


Applications/Nominations are closed at this time.

To apply for the Citizenship Award for Diversity presented annually during the Diversity Program, which is part of Orientation Week, a student must complete the application as well as submit one (1) faculty or staff recommendation.  Faculty and Staff may nominate students for this award as well.


If you have questions, contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540-654-1044 or .