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About the Students Serving Washington Awards

What is the Student Serving Washington Awards?

 

The Students Serving Washington Awards (SSWA) aims to recognize and reward the work of outstanding Washington higher education students at Washington Campus Compact member institutions who are engaged in addressing and solving critical ecological, economic and social issues in our state, nation, and world.

 

Who is Washington Campus Compact

 

Washington Campus Compact is a coalition of higher education institutions committed to advancing the public purpose of colleges and universities, educating students for civic and social responsibility, and working in partnerships to cultivate vital and sustainable communities across the state.

 

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.

 

About the 2018 Awards

What awards will be given?

Presidents’ Civic Leadership Awards – Presidents’ Civic Leadership Awards will be given to two student civic leaders from each Washington Campus Compact member institutions for their leadership and service to their community. Each Washington Campus Compact member President is invited to choose two student students for the recognition. Students will be recognized at the 2018 Students Serving Washington Awards Ceremony. Additionally, winners will receive a day pass to the The Museum of Flight and are invited to participate in the 2018 Service Symposium taking place before the awards ceremony.

Governor’s Civic Leadership Awards – The Governor’s Civic Leadership Awards will be given to the top Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award winner from each institution type: two-year public, four-year private, and four-year public institutions. Finalists are chosen from the pool of Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award winners and by the Council of Presidents, State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, and Independent Colleges of Washington. Three winners will be selected by the Governor of Washington state. Winners will receive recognition and $1,000 awards. Finalists will also receive recognition, and a monetary reward dependent on funding availability.

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 www.wacampuscompact.org.  Additionally, only Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award winners are eligible for the Governor’s Civic Leadership Award.

Can more than one student be nominated from an institution?

Absolutely! There is no limit to the amount of students nominated from an institution.

Can I nominate myself?

Yes, students may nominate themselves or other students.

Can I nominate a student group?

Yes, student groups may be nominated. However, if the group is selected for the Governor’s Civic Engagement Award, they will have to choose how the financial award is distributed among group members.

How are the awards selected?

The president/chancellor of each institution will select the Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award winners for each institution. To be considered for this award, a student must self-nominate or be nominated by someone else using the online nomination.

The Governor’s Civic Leadership Award is selected based on the pool of winners of the Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award. In order to be selected for the Governor’s Civic Leadership Award, a student must have been selected for the Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award by their institution’s president/chancellor.

What is the timeframe for the Awards

Nominations are being accepted now! The deadline for the award nomination is December 15, 2017. Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award winners will be selected and notified in mid January.

Where is the online nomination form?

www.studentserviceawards.org  click on “Nominate” on the top menu.

I’ve won the Presidents Civic Leadership Award, what’s next?

Congratulations! Washington Campus Compact will be in contact with you soon. We will be asking you for a profile picture, 100 word bio, and will send you registration information for the Students Serving Washington Awards Ceremony and Service Symposium.

 I’ve been selected as a finalist for the Governor’s Civic Leadership Award, what’s next?

Congratulations! Washington Campus Compact will be in contact with you soon. We will be asking you for a profile picture, 100 word bio, and will send you registration information for the Students Serving Washington Awards Ceremony and Service Symposium.

I’ve been selected for the Governor’s Civic Leadership Award, what’s next?

Congratulations! Washington Campus Compact will be in contact with you soon. We will be asking you for a profile picture, 250 word bio, and will send you registration information for the Students Serving Washington Awards Ceremony and Service Symposium.

Additionally, winners are asked to work with their campuses and/or community partner to produce a 3-6 minute video highlighting their community involvement and civic leadership. Governor’s Civic Leadership Award winners are also asked to present at the 2018 Service Symposium.

 

About the Students Serving Washington Awards Ceremony

Where will the Awards be held?

The Awards will be held on March 16, 2018 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, WA. Details TBA.

 

Additional Information

What happened to the Social Entrepreneur and Outstanding Service Awards?

 

In an effort to simplify the process and maximize recognition of student civic leaders in Washington, the Social Entrepreneur Award and Outstanding Service Award are on hiatus for 2018. We have had great student leaders participate in these awards, and we look forward to continuing to recognize student civic leaders through Presidents’ Civic Leadership Award and Governor’s Civic Leadership Award. You can see past winners at www.studentserviceawards.org.

 

How do I find more information about the Awards?

 

You can find us online at www.studentserviceawards.org and by “liking” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/studentserviceawards, or following us on Twitter @StudentsServeWA

 

Or Contact Marc Oommen at 360-650-6476, and at marc.oommen@wwu.edu

2018 Rubric and Nomination Process Guide

 

2018 Presidents Civic Leadership Award Rubric

2018 Nomination Process Guide

What is Civic Engagement?

 

Civic engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes.
– Thomas Ehrlich, Civic Responsibility and Higher Education

What is Civic Leadership?

 

A morally and civically responsible individual recognizes himself or herself as a member of a larger social fabric and therefore considers social problems to be at least partly his or her own; such an individual is willing to see the moral and civic dimensions of issues, to make and justify informed moral and civic judgments, and to take action when appropriate.
– Thomas Ehrlich, Civic Responsibility and Higher Education