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Forward Impact Award


Applications for the Forward Impact Award are closed. Results will be announced soon.

Why a Forward Impact Award?



We believe future leaders must go beyond academic excellence; they must demonstrate drive, and make a difference in a field that matters to them.

At Forward College, we are awarding exceptional students who have demonstrated exceptional engagement during their studies. We believe these achievements are as important as school reports and should be nurtured during higher education.

The Award will be granted to the student who, in addition to being accepted and having fully enrolled at Forward College, has demonstrated exceptional engagement with a concrete impact in fields such as:

  • Civic Engagement (e.g., coordinating a social project such as fundraising for a charity)
  • Sustainability (e.g., initiating green practices in your school or community)
  • Arts & Sports (e.g., performing professionally at a musical or sporting event)
  • Technology (e.g., developing an application or a website)
  • Engineering & Design (e.g., building, making, designing a material world product)
  • Any other event or project you coordinated or had an active role in, or achievement you are proud of

Students submit their application by clicking on Apply for the Impact Award below, they will be asked to present their project or accomplishment in writing. They should think about answering the following questions:

  • Can you describe your achievement?
  • How did you prepare for it? Did you work with a team? Did you receive support from partners or organisations?
  • Did you have to overcome any challenges?
  • What did you learn from your experience? What skills did you use and what would you do differently now? How did the challenges you faced in the project help build your personality?

Only students who are fully enrolled at Forward College are eligible for an Impact Award.

Once you are fully enrolled and have sent your Impact Award Application Form, your application will be assessed by a panel of experts and partners based on the following criteria:

  • Drive: What did it take to make it happen?
  • Impact: What have you achieved? (Your project can have a measurable or material impact, or an abstract or symbolic one.)
  • Mindset: How did you approach your project? What did you learn from it?
  • Originality: What makes your project different and innovative?

Our 2024 jury is composed of:

  • Elena Vaccaro, Educational Consultant at Elab Education Laboratory
  • Martine Gagnon, Admissions Counselor at UES Education
  • Saanya Gulati, Head of International University Advising at Latymer Upper School
  • Dr. Ana Luísa Silva, Forward College’s Leadership Fellow in Sustainability and Social Impact Entrepreneurship
  • Isaac Velez, 2024 Forward Impact Award winner and first-year Data Science & Business Analytics student at Forward College

A grant of 500€ is awarded to the winner. 


Meet some of our winners


Isaac Velez


Isaac is a Colombian student taking our Double Bachelor’s in Data Science & Business Analytics and Business & Leadership.

Isaac was part of the Robotics team in school and participated in competitions at home and in the United States. He has always been very engaged with social impact as part of the Columbus School Foundation, in which he was a tutor and engaged in community service.

Isaac participated in an event called TOM where his team had to create devices or technologies that could positively impact the lives of people with disabilities. His group created an app from scratch that helps people with cognitive disabilities to be more independent in their daily routine.

Hanna Lein-Mathisen


Hanna is from Norway, she is passionate about community service, very engaged in politics, andenrolled in our BSc in Politics & International Relations.

She was the regional president of the Young Liberals of Norway, vice president of Young Friends of the Earth Oslo, and also worked for the International Planned Parenthood Federation.

As if that wasn’t enough, Hanna also organised one of the first and biggest climate school protests in Norway, which gathered over 20,000 people and was the project she submitted in her winning Impact Award application

Agnes Nordvik


Agnes is a student from Oslo who enrolled in our BSc in Politics and International Relations.

Agnes is very interested in community service and politics, which is why she has volunteered with Plan International Norway and has been active in national politics for several years.

She has worked in the parliament and on the advising team for young people’s freedom of speech. Agnes’s Impact Award-winning project was founding a project to raise awareness about gender inequality in politics.

Jana Stekar


Jana is a student from Italy who is passionate about volunteering.

She has enrolled in our BSc in Economics. Jana worked for Associazione Italiana Sclerosi Multipla (AISM), Association against Leukaemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma (AIL), and is a ONE Youth Ambassador.

She is also a trainer at Understanding Europe Network. Her participation in the European Youth Parliament and her organisation of the 48th National Selection Conference in 2021 convinced our judges that she was a worthy winner for one of our 2022 Impact Awards. 

Leo Kesseler


Leo graduated from Jeannine Manuel International School in France. At Forward, he is a Double Bachelor’s student in Politics & International Relations and Business & Leadership.

Leo Driven by the idea of helping others, he volunteered at Protection Civile as an EMT assistant and became first aid teacher. He won the Forward Impact Award for demonstrating exceptional engagement in carrying out more than 500 hours for Civil Protection of Paris.

Leo also has a passion for sports – he was a member of his school basketball team which won the Parisian cup. He also served as a referee at his school.

Bogna Frykowska


After completing her secondary education in Poland, Bogna is following our Double Bachelor’s in Psychology and Business & Leadership.

Bogna was recognized with Forward Impact Award because she led a social project that gave mentally disabled children the opportunity to express their dreams and encouraged them to talk about their ambitions.

She is also passionate about medicine, psychology and astronomy. She has also been involved in debating and public speaking.

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