Excellence in Service-Learning Student Award

The University Excellence in Service-Learning Student Award is given annually to a current VCU graduate or undergraduate student who has been an outstanding community-engaged student leader and peer educator. This award is open to any graduate or undergraduate student who has served or is currently serving as an Service-Learning Teaching Assistant.

Applications are due April 1, 2019.

Apply online here

Submit secondary recommendation here

Eligibility

Any current VCU student, graduate or undergraduate, who has served or is currently serving as a Service-Learning Teaching Assistant.  

Review Criteria

This university award celebrates and highlights student leaders who support excellence in service-learning pedagogy, practices, and partnerships.

Applicants will be reviewed within the following categories of excellence:

  • Facilitating successful service-learning projects and ensuring mutually beneficial partnerships
  • Enhancing the learning and critical reflection of fellow students
  • Personal or professional growth and identity development

Recognition of Winners

The winner of the University Excellence in Service-Learning Student Award will be recognized at an awards luncheon held on campus on May 1, 2019. The winner will be awarded in a variety of ways, including a $500 stipend, an engraved plaque, a letter of recognition sent to the winner’s instructor, department chair, and community partners, and a university website story that highlights the winner’s accomplishments.

Submission Guidelines

Current and former service-learning teaching assistants are encouraged to self-nominate for this award.

Applications include two components:

  1. Applicants must complete an online application which includes narrative written responses to reflective questions.
  2. Applicants must include at least one supporting recommendation from either the service-learning instructor they assisted as a SLTA or a community partner with whom they worked as a SLTA. The recommender must complete an online recommendation form which includes narrative written responses to reflective questions.

A full description of the submission guidelines, including a complete list of the application questions, is available for download as a one-page PDF document: Student Award Submission Guidelines (PDF)

Apply online here

Submit secondary recommendation here

Questions?

Contact the VCU Service-Learning Office at (804) 827-8215 or servelearn@vcu.edu.