The Office of Service Learning annually recognizes one community partner for welcoming our faculty and students into their organization, and for collaborating with us to engage in meaningful civic engagement as we strive to foster greater social responsibility. 

Consistent with the university’s mission statement, the award is open to those community partners who enable us to embody our mission to educate “students to be 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 and any relevant supporting materials such as a link to the organization’s website, mission statement and annual report. The nomination letter should address how the community partner has participated in the university’s service-learning program(s) 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 Service-Learning Advisory 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 Community Partner Award will be made according to the following criteria:

  • High-quality service-learning engagement.
  • Evidence of impact of engagement on the students and/or organization.
  • 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.