The Office of Service-Learning annually recognizes one student for development in critical awareness of the causes of and solutions to social problems that confront us all as evidenced in meaningful course reflection or significant leadership initiative relating to his or her work in the community.

Consistent with the university’s mission statement, the award is open to those students (graduate or undergraduate) who are developing into “morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good.”

Application process

Nominations must include a supporting letter of no more than 500 words by the faculty member with whom the student studied and any relevant supporting materials such as reflection papers and letters of support from the community partner. The nomination letter should address how the nominee has participated in service-learning on the basis of the criteria listed below.

Selection

The Service-Learning Advisory Board’s subcommittee on nominations will assess all nominations and determine the recipient. Members of the board reserve the right to make nominations and grant awards. The award will be presented at the community engagement recognition reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 8. The recipient will be informed of the award prior to the meeting, and is expected to be present at the reception.

Criteria

The Service-Learning Student Award will be granted according to the following criteria:

  • High-quality service-learning engagement.
  • Evidence of impact of engagement on the student and/or community partner and the clients they serve.
  • Dedication to social responsibility and the common good.

Deadline

To be considered for the annual award, nominations must be made by Monday, April 23. Please email your nomination to Dr. Kimberly Vrudny, interim director of service-learning.