Community Engagement Student Award

Each year, the Center for Community Partnerships, which includes the Center for Small Towns and the Office of Community Engagement, awards one student, one faculty/staff member, and one community partner with a community engagement award for engaging in meaningful campus-community partnerships. We recognize these award winners at a celebration at the end of the spring semester.


The Community Engagement Student Award recognizes an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.

  • How has the student engaged with the regional community, or other communities beyond the campus?
  • How does this student model a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership?
  • How does the student demonstrate initiative?
  • How has the student demonstrated innovative and collaborative approaches in addressing public issues, including effective community building?
  • How has the student integrated civic engagement into their college experience?

Nomination Process

Self-nominations or nominations provided by at least one person who is familiar with the nominee’s community engagement are acceptable. One important criterion, however, is the impact of the nominee’s community engagement on the broader campus and regional communities. Therefore, nominees whose nominations are signed by multiple people in a variety of roles on campus and in the community or who receive multiple nominations will have a greater chance of receiving the award.

Nomination Requirements

  • The name(s) and contact information for the nominator(s)
  • The preferred name and contact information for the nominee
  • The award for which you are nominating the nominee (UMM student, UMM faculty/staff, or community partner)
  • A letter that addresses the criteria for that particular award (criteria are listed below). Be sure to include details about community organizations/members or campus organizations/members with which the nominee has been engaged, and to tell specific stories to demonstrate how the nominee meets the criteria.

Nominate Someone

Alternatively you can send your nomination letter as an attachment to or bring/send a hard copy to Cathy Solvie at the Clifford J. Benson Center for Community Partnerships located on the second floor of the Welcome Center. 


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