ICW Outstanding Advocacy Award

The Outstanding Advocacy Award is a periodic award that was established in 2017 to recognize extraordinary advocacy for students at ICW member colleges.


2018: Dino Rossi

Seattle University President Stephen V. Sundborg, S.J. and Dino Rossi.

The Board of Independent Colleges of Washington (ICW) presented Dino Rossi with the ICW Outstanding Advocacy Award on April 9, 2018.

ICW Board Chair and Whitworth University President Beck Taylor said, “Senator Rossi has long been a friend of Independent Colleges of Washington. In his brief return to the State Senate in 2017, he made his presence known by fighting for student aid for all students. The Board of ICW is honored to give him the ICW Outstanding Advocacy Award.”

Senator Rossi received the ICW Stanley O. McNaughton Award at its 50th Anniversary luncheon in 2003 when, as Chair of Ways and Means in a time of tight budgets, he crafted a bipartisan budget with an eye to the future of Washington and a priority on protecting our most vulnerable citizens. That budget provided a strong increase in funding for student aid.

After a hiatus from the state legislature, Rossi returned in 2017 to fill the seat left open due to the passing of Senator Andy Hill, another advocate for students. Rossi’s work with budget writers on State Need Grant (SNG) funding proved instrumental to increasing student aid to serve more students for the first time in six years and restoring the grant level to students at private nonprofit colleges.

“The Independent Colleges of Washington is an incredible advocate for higher education in Washington State, and I am grateful for its work supporting our students. ICW’s advocacy and work supporting the State Need Grant to ensure that all Washingtonians, regardless of financial status have access to higher education is admirable. I have been proud to support ICW’s work whenever I have been in the legislature,” Rossi said.