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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Student Serving Washington Awards?


The Students Serving Washington Awards (SSWA) is a private/public collaboration between Washington Campus Compact and EcoApprentice, which aims to recognize and reward the work of outstanding Washington higher education students at Washington Campus Compact institutions who are engaged in addressing and solving critical ecological, economic and social issues in our state, nation, and world. Specifically, the Awards will recognize students and their projects in the following critical issue areas: health and safety, sustainability, education, economic development, diversity and social justice, and global leadership.


What is Washington Campus Compact? 


Washington Campus Compact and is a coalition of 39 two-and four-year colleges and universities committed to providing meaningful experiences for students to become active, engaged leaders in their communities, furthering the civic and public purposed of higher education, and strengthening communities.

What are the critical issue areas?


The critical issue areas were identified through multiple meetings of Washington Campus Compact member institutions’ presidents, faculty, staff, and students. These critical issue areas serve as an opportunity to highlight the public role higher education plays in contributing to solving problems within these areas.


Education – Issues in K-12 education, technical and vocational training, higher education, internships, or apprenticeships.


Health and Safety – Issues in medicine, health delivery, health care systems, food security, and public safety or law enforcement.


Sustainability – Issues in environmental sustainability, pollution, environmental remediation, or conservation.


Diversity & Social Justice – Issues in cultural and social diversity, and social justice.


Economic Development – Issues in economic development, social entrepreneurship, alternative business models, and economic growth.


Global Leadership – Issues of global importance addressed from a US perspective. Examples may be international service-learning projects or projects focused on any of the other categories outside the US.


What awards will be given?


Outstanding Service Awards – Winners will receive a $7,500 award divided equally between the students, their institution, and community partner for current service projects addressing critical issues in Washington.

Social Entrepreneur Awards – Winners will receive $10,000 in seed grant funding administered by their institution to be used for developing their proposal into a project that addresses the critical issue.

Presidents’ Awards – Presidents’ Awards will be given to two selected student service leaders from each of the Washington Campus Compact member institutions for their leadership and service. Each Washington Campus Compact member President will be invited to choose two student service leaders to be recognized for their exceptional leadership and commitment to serving their community. Once selected, Presidents’ Awards recipients are asked to submit an Outstanding Service Award application, which automatically puts them in the running to receive an Outstanding Service Award.


Who can win an Award?


Award participants must be current, enrolled students at a Washington Campus Compact member institution. To find out if your institution is a member of Washington Campus Compact, visit


How can I submit an application for the Oustanding Service Awards?


Students submit applications online at The application consists of an online form, stories, photos and videos. Students are encouraged to utilize social media to promote and highlight their work. In addition to the student application, faculty or administrators from their college or community-based organizations where the student serves are asked to submit a letter of recommendation.


How can I submit a proposal for the Student Entrepreneur Award?


Students submit applications online at Students will submit proposed social entrepreneur solution to a challenge question one of the six critical issue areas. Student teams at WACC member institutions will work on the presented problems, develop innovative solutions, and submit their work via the online application utilizing stories, photos, videos, and social media to promote their experiences and achievements.


Can more than one student submit an application/proposal for an award?


Yes! In fact, we encourage students to work together in teams. Student teams who win the Outstanding Service Award must decide how the $2,500 award will be split between teammates.


Where is the online application?


How are the awards selected?


The Awards will be selected by a selection committee comprised of distinguished Washingtonians from various sectors, including: government, education, nonprofit, and business.


What is the timeframe for the Awards


Applications are being accepted now! The deadline for the award applications is February 27, 2017. Please “like” Students Serving Washington Awards on Facebook (, follow us on Twitter ( and check the website regularly for updates.


Where the Awards be held?


The Awards will be held in south Seattle in April 28, 2017. At The Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA. Visit the Event Page for more details.


How do I find more information about the Awards?


You can find us online at and by “liking” us on Facebook at, or following us on Twitter @StudentsServeWA

Or Contact Marc Oommen at 360-650-6476, and at