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Social Entrepreneur 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).***IMPORTANT NOTE: The college/university sponsor will act as the fiscal contact for your institution if you are selected for the the Social Entrepreneur Award. Please confirm with your contact that they are willing to serve in this role before submitting their name.***
  4. Student applicant(s) must submit one profile picture of themselves and/or teammates and one short video (less than 2 minutes) that accurately “tells the story” of the service project. Applicants may submit up to 5 additional photos.


Selection Criteria

The Social Entrepreneur Awards application will be judged on the following criteria:

  1. The Social Entrepreneur Challenge application must be submitted by a student social entrepreneur team with representation from two or more disciplines.
  2. The proposed social entrepreneur solution clearly articulates a challenge question in one of the Critical Issue Areas.
  3. The social entrepreneur team’s proposed solution to the challenge question must include each of the following sections:
    1. Define the issue. Include relevant data that describes the issue in Washington (or global community for a Global Leadership Challenge question.)
    2. Describe the proposed strategy to improve the issue. Use evidence-based and/or evidence-informed strategies and reference research that support the proposed strategies.
    3. Describe the proposed solution project design/structure. How is this innovative?
    4. Describe the student engagement activity the project would include (service-learning, community-based research, activism, advocacy, volunteerism, entrepreneurism, other).
    5. Describe the leadership team (students, college/university sponsor, and community partner) and their roles/responsibilities and time commitment in implementing the proposed solution.
    6. Briefly describe the timeline needed to implement the proposed solution.
    7. Describe the anticipated learning/impacts on the social entrepreneur student team.
    8. Describe an assessment plan to measure, record, and report impact of proposed strategies to improve the issue.
    9. Provide a budget and budget narrative needed to implement your strategy at the local level. Include any cash/in-kind match and source of anticipated funding.
  4. 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 social entrepreneur team will exhibit with the proposed solution.
  5. The photos and video are of high quality, innovative and accurately “tells the story” of the proposed solution and the social entrepreneur team’s involvement in the proposed solution.

 

Award Application Process

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

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

STEP 2 – Describe the challenge question to be addressed and submit a detailed, proposed solution

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 proposed social entrepreneur solution 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
  1. Is your service project/proposed solution supported by an AmeriCorps/VISTA program? Yes/No
  2. If yes, what program?
  3. 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 TWO: Project Information

  1. Select the critical issue area for your challenge question:

Sustainability:

For example: How can we reduce or mitigate the effects of climate change in Washington State?

Education:

For example: How can we increase the number of women and students of color entering the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields in Washington State?

Health and Safety:

For example: How can we reduce recidivism of youth and/or adults who have been incarcerated in Washington State?

Diversity and Social Justice:

For example: How can we increase the number of underrepresented populations in local and state leadership positions such as non-profit boards, local and state governments, school boards, businesses, etc. in Washington State?

Economic Development:

For example: How can we foster economic development through entrepreneurship in in Washington State?

Global Leadership:

      For example: How can higher education collaborate with other countries and communities to create sustainable solutions to any of the critical issue areas?

2. Do you serve any of these populations? (select all that apply)

  • Veterans/Veteran Families
  • Youth
  • Foster Care
  • Elderly
  • Low Income
  • K-12 Students
  • 1st Generation College Students
  • Refugee
  • LGBTQI
  • English Language Learner
  • Incarcerated/Formerly Incarcerated
  • Disabled
  • Unemployed
  • Chronic Illness
  • Communities of Color
  • Immigrant/Migrant
  • Other__________
  • Other__________

3. Social Entrepreneur Solution Title

4. Proposed solution Brief Description (100 words)

5. Project Narrative (1000 words) Address the following:

a) Define the issue. Include relevant data that describes the issue in Washington (or global community for the Global Leadership Challenge question.)

b) Describe the proposed strategy to improve the issue. Use evidence-based and/or evidence-informed strategies and reference research that support the proposed strategies. How is this innovative?

c) Describe the proposed solution project design/structure.

d) Describe the student engagement activity the project would include (service-learning, community-based research, activism, advocacy, volunteerism, entrepreneurism, other).

e) Describe the leadership team (students, college/university sponsor, and community partner) and their roles/responsibilities and time commitment in implementing the proposed solution.

f) Briefly describe the timeline needed to implement the proposed solution.

g) Describe the anticipated learning/impacts on the social entrepreneur student team.

h) Describe an assessment plan to measure, record, and report impact of proposed strategies to improve the issue.

i) Provide a budget and budget narrative needed to implement your strategy at the local level. Include any cash/in-kind match and source of anticipated funding.

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 social entrepreneur team will exhibit with the proposed solution.

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/proposed social entrepreneur solution to your social media networks.  Projects and proposed solutions with the greatest social media “likes” or “follows” will be selected as “Best in Show” winners and will receive additional recognition and a financial award.