Awards and Recognition

The Nashman Center recognizes students, faculty, staff, and community committments to community engagement, scholarship, and social innovation each year. To record your community engagement impact visit our platform, Givepulse.


President's Volunteer Service Award

If you've logged over 100 hours of community service between April 25, 2021 and April 24, 2022, you will earn the President's Volunteer Service Award issued by the White House. We'll notify you upon its arrival. Make sure to report your hours by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, April 24, 2022. You’ll receive a lapel pin signifying the amount of service hours you have completed along with a silver service cord if you are graduating.

  • Bronze Level: 100 to 174 hours
  • Silver Level:  175 to 249 hours
  • Gold Level: 250 hours or more


Commencement Cords

If you are graduating and were recognized with a President's Volunteer Service Award during at least one year at GW, we will recognize you for excellence in service at Commencement with a silver service cord. After you submit your service hours we'll notify you if you are eligible to receive a cord. You may not retroactively log hours from previous academic years.


Outstanding Student Service Awards (Individual and Group)

The Outstanding Student Service Award (Individual and Group) is awarded to an individual and a student group that has exhibited exceptional commitment to supporting the needs and interests of our community locally, nationally, and/or globally through direct community service, as well as, share their passion with the GW campus community. The Outstanding Student Service Awards (Individual and Group) is presented at the annual Excellence in Student Life Awards each Spring.


The Honey W. Nashman Center Faculty Awards for Community Engaged Scholarship

These annual Faculty Awards recognize excellence in community engaged scholarship and teaching. Award recipients demonstrate GW’s values for this work. Their community engagement strengthens their scholarship (teaching, research, or creative activities), and their scholarship enhances the quality of the community partnership and the community outcomes.


The Honey W. Nashman Community Engaged Teaching Award: Recognizes teaching practice that meaningfully engages students in community partnerships for both community benefit and transformational student learning outcomes.


The Honey W. Nashman Community Engaged Scholar Award: Recognizes research, scholarship, and creative activities that occur in the context of reciprocal community partnerships, for enhanced scholarly and community outcomes.


Applications are due annually on November 1st with selections announced in January.


Research Excellence Award

The Research Excellence Award is awarded to the service-learning student or student team that best exemplifies and enacts the primary goals of service-learning (to meet community-identified needs through academic-based projects aimed also at educating students on how to think critically, reflectively, and creatively over the myriad ways they can utilize their higher educations for the benefit of their communities) in order to create innovative scholarship. Service-learning research excellence is demonstrated through combining innovative research methods, dedication to benefiting the community through those chosen research practices, dedication to academic rigor and to addressing a significant gap in the literature/field, respect for differing opinions and priorities, and completing an academic project consisting of either a 15 page (at least) research paper or other academic project of equivalent rigor and depth (such as a performance, product or documentary).

The Research Excellence Award will be presented at the Symposium on Community Engaged Scholarship each Spring.