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Washington State University Chosen Coug Award Presented by BECU

Chosen Cougs are part of our Cougar Family.

For nearly 70 years, we've recognized parents and family members that have made a distinct impact on their child’s collegiate experience at Washington State University. WSU students’ parents, advocates, and chosen family are all celebrated as part of the Cougar Family.

Nominations for Fall Awards are open and will close Sept. 30.

If you have someone special in your life that has made a positive impact on your WSU experience we want to hear about it! Nominate your “Chosen Coug” for the inaugural Chosen Coug Award. 
The winner will be recognized on WSU Fall Family Weekend during a recognition ceremony hour on Sunday, October 11 at 4:00 p.m. (PT), and will receive a plaque and WSU swag.

All currently enrolled WSU students are welcome to submit a nomination.

Nominations are reviewed by a committee and focus on efforts and actions made during the student’s enrollment at WSU. Efforts or actions prior to the student’s enrollment are not considered.

Submit your nomination for the Chosen Coug Award!

2019-2020 Awardees

Rebecca Kallman with daughter, Davi.

Rebecca Kallman | Spring 2020

Rebecca has not only made an impact on her daughter’s life at WSU, but she’s also been a positive influence on her daughter’s friend’s lives. “In addition to serving as my mother, she has gone above and beyond the call of motherly duties to be a surrogate mother to my friends in Pullman. She sends letters and gifts to my friends who are not as supported as I am, and by doing this, she has truly changed how my friends see themselves and in turn, it has positively impacted their time at WSU.”

Rebecca would come down to Pullman for Thanksgiving to host, she would have her daughter invite friends and peers who couldn’t go home to celebrate with their families. She has helped her daughter along with others financially and has always been supportive of their hard work while getting their graduate degree.“My friends and I often struggle financially and emotionally due to the struggles of graduate school.  Realizing these stressors, she has sent my friends money for groceries and has helped them with going to academic conferences even when she does not personally have the funds.”

Mama K, as everyone calls her is “truly the embodiment of the Cougs helping Cougs spirit.”

Brandon and sister Alexis pose with a cutout of Butch T. Cougar

Brandon A. Borchers | Fall 2019

Student Alexis Curcio nominated her brother Brandon Borcher who stepped in as a father figure when he was needed the most, after the loss of their father. Alexis writes: Even as a busy working father, my brother still has the motivation to call me while he’s at work and home to help me remember that it is not just my mom that remembers I’m away at school and I am not totally alone with where I am. My brother has always been my protector and I will always rely on him to stand up for me no matter the situation. He is my inspiration, and the closest thing I have to a father now.

Brandon has always been a Coug at heart; supporting our school since he graduated, and even still to this day, he attends the football games every chance he gets. If anyone deserves this award it is my brother Brandon because even though my father can’t be here for dad’s weekend, Brandon is still going to show up, but not just for one weekend-but my whole life.