Community Engagement Awards

Community Engagement Awards at Ohio University

Multiple internal and external awards celebrating community engaged students, staff, faculty, and partners exist at Ohio University.

Edwin L. Kennedy Awards for Community Service - Students & Student Organizations 

The Kennedy Awards are part of the annual Student Leadership Awards coordinated through the Division of Student Affairs. Student Affairs, in partnership with Diversity & Inclusion, annually honors the outstanding leadership and community service of students and student organizations across Ohio University. Each spring, more than two dozen awards and scholarships are bestowed upon students for their hard work and commitment to the OHIO community.

Named in honor of Alumnus Edwin L. Kennedy, this award serves to recognize an individual for their lasting and selfless acts of leadership as a servant to one's community.

The committee for this award shall take into consideration the student's philosophy of leadership and how that is articulated throughout their actions in service. Applicants should make great attempts to describe the initiatives created, explain the depth and extent of the service involvement and articulate how leadership occurred or was developed and/or exercised in the experiences.

For information on how to nominate a student, student organization, or apply for this award, visit:

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Outstanding Community Partner Award - Community Partners

This award recognizes an outstanding community partner who is engaged in exemplary collaborative work with Ohio University that fosters resilient communities and life-long engaged citizens. Partnerships may include community-engaged research, curricular or co-curricular engagement, special projects, or other mutually-beneficial initiatives that enrich scholarship, research, and creative activity; enhance curriculum, teaching, and learning; prepare educated, engaged citizens; strengthen democratic values and civic responsibility; address critical societal issues; and contribute to the public good. 

Nominations are accepted from each Ohio University campus community. 


  • Awardees must be an individual (or project team) affiliated with a 501©3 or public agency in good standing. 
  • Compelling nominees will have a demonstrated history of partnerships with the university. 
  • Partnerships must result in meaningful community outcomes as well as support student learning outcomes, teaching and/or research goals for faculty, and/or the strategic priorities of the university. 


  • Community Partners must be nominated by an Ohio University student, faculty, or staff member.  
  • Nominations are accepted from each campus community with the intent to award (1) Community Partner in each campus community annually. Note there is no requirement for the award to be given each year on each campus.  
  • In the event there is no community partner nominated, the Center for Community Engagement reserves the right to identify a deserving community partner to recognize in partnership with an awards review committee. 
  • A monetary prize will be awarded to the individual’s affiliated organization, as funding sources allow. 


  • Call for nominations opens the first day of Spring Semester 
  • Submission Deadline: June 7th
  • Notification of Award: August 1st 
  • Awards will be presented annually at the Community Engagement Symposium each Fall Semester. 

Access the Nomination Form via GivePulse

External Awards for Students, Staff, Faculty, & Community Partners 

Campus Compact Charles J. Ping Award for Community Service - Students

The Charles J. Ping Student Service Award, sponsored by Ohio Campus Compact, is designed to recognize and honor undergraduate students for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus and within their community.  These students represent the next generation of civic leaders and problem solvers.

Every Spring, the Center for Community Engagement facilitates the identification of a robust candidate to represent Ohio University for this recognition.

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Campus Compact David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service - Faculty & Staff

The David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service is designed to recognize and honor the outstanding work in service-learning and/or civic engagement performed by a faculty or staff member at an Ohio Campus Compact member institution. 

This award is given annually to at least one faculty or staff member from an Ohio Campus Compact member school. To be considered, the nominee must demonstrate outstanding leadership in furthering the civic mission of the institution.  The president of the college or university must nominate each candidate.

Every Spring, the Center for Community Engagement facilitates the identification of a robust candidate to represent Ohio University for this recognition. Campus Compact David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service - Faculty & Staff

Serve Ohio Awards - Students, Staff, Faculty, & Community Members

ServeOhio honors outstanding people, groups, and initiatives who make great contributions to their local communities and the state through service and volunteerism. Nominators can choose to submit a nomination for an adult volunteer, youth volunteer, community volunteer group, corporate volunteer group, volunteer initiative, or national day of service project. 


Center for Community Engagement Awards Rubric

CCCE Awards Rubric

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