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Active Citizenship Awards

Our end of semester looks a little different this spring, and while we won't be hosting an in-person gathering, we still want to celebrate your amazing active citizenship this year. We're working on creative ways to celebrate on-line with more details to come. In the meantime, apply for one of our end of year awards and encourage your friends to as well. 

2020 Awards 

Each year we recognize outstanding individuals and organizations for their work in promoting positive, community-driven social change.  Award applications are due by 5pm on April 14. Submit your application via TribeLink. 

description of awards, for more information email oce@wm.edu
Freshman Service 

The W society, an organization committed to promoting and recognizing service in all aspects of campus, recognizes one outstanding freshman annually for their commitment to service.  Students may either self-nominate or be nominated by others for this award.

To be considered for this award, a nominator or nominee should submit :

  • A brief description of the nominee's community engagement
  • A brief description as to why the nominee stands out among the freshman class for their commitment to community 
Spirit of Service

The Spirit of Service Award recognizes two non-graduating students who have demonstrated active engagement in addressing community concerns through individual or organizational initiatives and grown as active citizens through their work.

To be considered for this award, submit:

  • A list of your community engagement (include individual and group endeavors including service and volunteer work, community-based research, etc.)
  • An essay (no longer than 500 words) that discusses How have you been engaged with community and how have you grown in your active citizenship?
  • Encouraged but optional: A recommendation from someone who can speak to your community engagement efforts (this may be a faculty/staff advisor, a member of your service organization, or a community member) which addresses the qualities of active citizenship the recommender has observed in you. 
Tradition of Service

The Tradition of Service Award recognizes one graduating student who has demonstrated a tradition of active engagement in addressing community concerns through individual or group initiatives, and has grown as an active citizen through their work.  This individual should serve as an exemplar for how others can thoughtfully engage with community during their time at William & Mary.

To be considered for this award, submit:

  • A list of your community engagement (include individual and group endeavors including service and volunteer work, community-based research, etc.)
  • An essay (no longer than 500 words) that discusses How have you been engaged with community and how have you exemplified active citizenship in your communities?
  • Encouraged but Optional: A recommendation from someone who can speak to your involvement in community engagement (this may be a faculty/staff advisor, a member of your service organization, or a community member) which addresses the qualities of active citizenship the recommender has observed in you.  
Service Organization of the Year

The Service Organization of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding student organization whose primary mission is service in partnership with the community.  The recipient group will have demonstrated depth of commitment to one or more social issues, established mutually-beneficial partnerships with the community, and cultivated meaningful involvement by its members.

To be considered for this award, an organization should submit:

  • A description of your organization's engagement in community during this academic year (include direct service, community-based efforts, and other community engagement activities)
  • An essay (no longer than 500 words) that discusses How has your organization fostered active citizenship among its members and how have you had an impact on community issues.
  • Encouraged but Optional: A recommendation from someone who can speak to the work of the organization (i.e. a community partner or faculty/staff advisor) which addresses the impact of the student organization and their commitment to community. 

Congratulations to the 2019 award recipients. 

Freshman Service - Abigail Fitzsimmons
Spirit of Service - Aria Troupe
Service Organization of the Year - Griffin School Partnership
Walk the Talk - Jennie Cuddeback
Tradition of Service - Torie Dunlap