Notable Alumni Award

Recognize WSU Vancouver alumni living remarkable lives

Each year, the WSU Vancouver Notable Alumni Award honors alumni who have made significant contributions to society, and whose accomplishments, affiliations, careers and/or community service reflect WSU Vancouver’s legacy of excellence.

Nominations open in the spring, and the selected alumnus or alumna is honored at the beginning of the next school year.


2018 WSU Vancouver Notable Alumni Award recipient

Ashlyn Salzman

She has mentored young people (particularly young women), volunteered at the Cougar Food Pantry, with Cougs in the Community and advocated for WSU students at the Washington State Legislature. Salzman serves on a Young Alumni committee for WSU Vancouver and is on the board of the Clark College Alumni Association. She is a member of Leadership Clark County and an events volunteer for nonprofit fundraisers with We Plan It. The list goes on.

Salzman gives a lot of credit to WSU Vancouver for her success. After transferring to WSU Pullman following two years at Clark College, she decided to switch to the Vancouver campus, where her classes, teachers and fellow students gave her the confidence and motivation to get involved in student government.

“Without WSU Vancouver, I truly would not be the person I am today,” she said.

Long term, she hopes to take on an advocacy role—and makes it clear that it is policy, not politics, that interests her. “I intend to use any small success I obtain in my lifetime to give back to WSU, to Vancouver, and to women younger than me who need mentorship to reach their fullest potential,” she said.

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