Awards and Recognition

The Nashman Center recognizes students, faculty, staff, and community committments to community engagement, scholarship, and social innovation each year. 

 

President's Volunteer Service Award

If you've logged over 100 hours of community service between April 27, 2019 and April 24, 2020, 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 April 24, 2020. 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. All hours from the 2019-2020 academic year must be uploaded by April 24, 2020. 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.

 

Faculty Engagement Awards

The Faculty Engagement Award is awarded to the service-learning faculty member who best exemplifies leadership, collaboration, commitment, and excellence in creating and implementing service-learning in their teaching. This award honors the service-learning faculty member who has demonstrated integrity and commitment in service-learning and has taken it upon his or herself to strengthen our community and enhance student and community life through service-learning. Service-learning faculty excellence is demonstrated through practices grounded in healthy partnerships (with students and community partners) and dedication to critical reflection.

The Faculty Engagement Award is presented at the annual Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship each Spring. 

 

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. 

 

Community Partner of the Year Award

The Community Partner of the Year Award is awarded to the Community Partner who best exemplifies both leadership and collaboration in creating and implementing a service/service-learning project and/or research. This award will honor the community partner who has demonstrated integrity and commitment to service through their organization and/or teaching. The recipient of this award has taken it upon themselves to make our community stronger and pledged to enhance student and community life through service and civic engagement. The Community Partner of the Year Award recipient has demonstrated excellence through practices grounded in healthy partnerships (with students and partners) and dedication to critical reflection.

Any student or faculty member in the GW community can nominate a community partner for this award.

The Community Partner of the Year Award will be presented at the annual Community Partner Breakfast during the Symposium on Community-Engaged Scholarship in May.

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