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Fostering an everlasting spirit of service and leadership

Presidential Student Ambassadors are student leaders who exemplify Mountaineer values. They come from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines, yet they are united in their passion to make a positive impact on and for West Virginia University. Abby Sine reflects on her leadership and service.


To promote the values and ideals of West Virginia University by cultivating a campus environment rooted in leadership, service, inclusivity, and academic excellence.


To foster an undeniable and everlasting spirit of service and leadership among West Virginia University students and to share their Mountaineer passion and pride with others.


(Morgantown Campus)

Nominate Now
During the unprecedented pandemic semester of Spring 2020, the PSAs developed three videos to share with patients at Ruby Memorial Hospital. This video inspires through the use of motivational quotes.

President Gordon Gee and Dr. Carolyn Atkins with PSA Cohort 2 Students

PSAs in Cohort 2 become Certified Student Leaders awarded by WVU Student Engagement and Leadership (SEL).

President Gee poses with Presidential Student Ambassadors of 2018

About the Presidential Student Ambassadors (PSAs)

Freshmen and sophomore students are nominated and apply to become PSAs.  Only ten are selected each semester. Students who are not nominated may apply but must have letters of reference from either two high school teachers (if incoming freshmen) or two WVU professors.

PSAs work closely with WVU Student Engagement and Leadership and WVU Center for Service and Learning

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT | Other Student Profiles

Presidential Student Ambassador, Meg Sorrells

Margaret (Meg) Sorrells

Why did you choose WVU?

When considering colleges, WVU was always on my list for its research opportunities, broad range of majors and career pathways, and focus on bettering West Virginia. After touring other colleges, it became clear to me that WVU has unmatched spirit, passion, pride, and potential for its students to grow. I knew that I was meant to be a Mountaineer and that WVU would be my home!

Read Margaret (Meg) Sorrells's Full Bio

Speakers Bureau

Presidential Student Ambassadors excel at public speaking, whether to talk about their experience at WVU or inspire other Mountaineers.

Noor Dahshan speaking at Suncrest Middle School

Noor Dahshan

Noor Dahshan explains college class schedules to Suncrest Middle School students

Ashley Eby Irvin speaking at Stewart Society

Ashley Eby

Ashley Eby shares her decision to select West Virginia University over an Ivy League school at the Irvin Stewart Society luncheon at Blaney House.

Melissa Workman introduces Giana Loretta, Meg Sorrells, Adam Stilley, and Ryan Maiden as they prepare to read stories to children at the WVU Nursery School.

 PSA Students

 Melissa Workman introduces Giana   Loretta, Meg Sorrells, Adam Stilley,   and Ryan Maiden as they prepare to   read stories to children at the WVU   Nursery School.

Timmy Eads reflects on leadership and service.

Timmy Eads

Mountaineer Mascot Timmy Eads reflects on the development of his leadership and service at WVU.

Cohort 1

If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.

~ John Quincy Adams 

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. 

~ Ralph Marston 

Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends. 

~ Walt Disney 

What you do has far greater impact than what you say. 

~ Stephen Covey 

Great leaders don’t tell you what to do. They show you how it’s done. 

~ Theodore Roosevelt

Presidential Student Ambassadors in the Spotlight