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 22, 2023 and April 21, 2024, 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 21, 2024. 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.

Julian Clement Chase Community Impact Award

This award is the leading prize to honor GW students for excellence in community service impact. It illuminates excellence and effective practice in student community engagement and provide exemplars to the DC, GW, and broader community of the impact that students can have when working with members of the community to enhance the quality of life in the DC community.