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Outstanding Service Award Selection Criteria

General Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for the awards:

  1. Applicant(s) must be higher education students currently enrolled for a minimum of 6 credits at a Washington Campus Compact member institution.
  2. Student applicant(s) must complete and submit an online application.
  3. Student applicant(s) must identify one college/university sponsor (faculty or administrator) and/or one public or private community partner who will submit a letter of recommendation for applicant(s).
  4. Student applicant(s) must submit one to six photos and one short video (less than 2 minutes) that accurately “tells the story” of the service project.

 

Selection Criteria

The Outstanding Service Award application will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. Student applicant(s) for the Outstanding Service Awards can be an individual student or a student team.
  2. Service project clearly demonstrates positive impact in one of the Critical Issue Areas.
  3. Service project has improved the lives of people in the community served.
  4. Application clearly demonstrated the leadership role the student applicant(s) served in the service project.
  5. Application describes strong collaboration between the college/university and the community partner(s).
  6. Application describes a high level of time and energy the student applicant(s) committed to the project as well as the impact the project made on their academic direction, workforce skill development, long-term civic engagement commitment, and any other impacts the project had on their lives.
  7. The letter of recommendation(s) from a college/university sponsor and/or public or private community partner described the leadership, commitment and impacts the student applicant(s) exhibited in the service project.
  8. The photos and video are of high quality, innovative and accurately “tells the story” of the service project and the student applicant(s) involvement in the project.

 

Award Application Process

The application process consists of five steps to be submitted online:

STEP 1Complete general information about the applicant(s).

STEP 2 – Complete specific application sections for specific award completion.

STEP 3 – Upload one or two letter of recommendation(s) from the college/university sponsor (faculty or administrator) and/or one public or private community partner.

STEP 4 – Upload one to six photos and one short video (less than 2 minutes) that accurately “tells the story” of the service project or social entrepreneur proposed solution.

STEP 5 – Promote your service project to your social media networks.

STEP 1: Applicant Information

  1. Name (Lead student)
  2. Address
  3. Phone Number (s)
  4. Email
  5. Date of Birth
  6. College/University
  7. Legislative District (of college/university)
  8. Congressional District
  9. Names of Team Members
  10. Is your service project/proposed solution supported by an AmeriCorps/VISTA program? Yes/No         If yes, what program?
  11. If known, who is the Sponsor Agency?
  1. How many credits are you currently taking?
  2. Anticipated year of graduation
  3. Anticipated Major
  4. College/University Sponsor (faculty/administrator)
  5. Title
  6. Phone Number
  7. Email
  1. Private or Public Community Partner (name of agency/company)
  2. Contact
  3. Title
  4. Phone Number
  5. Email

STEP 2: Project Information

  1. Service Project Name
  2. Service Project Brief Description (100 words)
  3. Which critical issue area (s) does your project address?
  4. Do you serve any of these populations? (select all that apply)
    1. Veterans/Veteran Families
    2. Youth
    3. Foster Care
    4. Elderly
    5. Low Income
    6. K-12 Students
    7. 1st Generation College Students
    8. Refugee
    9. LGBTQI
    10. English Language Learner
    11. Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated
    12. Disabled
    13. Unemployed
    14. Chronic Illness
    15. Communities of Color
    16. Immigrant/Migrant
    17. Other__________
    18. Other__________
  5. Describe how your project positively impacts the critical issue area identified. (200 word limit)
  6. How has the service project improved the lives of people in the community (200 word limit)
  7. Describe the leadership role the student applicant(s) served in the service project.
  8. Describe the collaboration between the college/university and the community partner(s).
  9. Describe the time and energy the student applicant(s) committed to the project as well as the impact the project made on their academic direction, workforce skill development, long-term civic engagement commitment, and any other impacts the project had on their lives.
  10. How has participation in the project changed your lives?

STEP 3: Letter of Recommendation

Upload a letter of recommendation from the college/university sponsor (faculty or administrator) or public or private community partner that describes the leadership, commitment and impacts the student applicant(s) exhibited in the service project.

STEP 4: Upload Media

Upload one to six photos and one short video (less than 2 minutes) that accurately “tells the story” of the service project or social entrepreneur proposed solution.

STEP 5: Social Media Promotion

Promote your service project to your social media networks.  Projects and proposed solutions with the greatest social media “likes” or “follows” will be selected as “Fan Favorite” winners and will receive additional recognition and a financial award.