Awards and Scholarships


Service & Civic Engagement Awards

The President's Volunteer Service Award  

The President's Volunteer Service Award (PVSA) is issued by the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in the American spirit, and to encourage all American's to improve their communities through volunteer service, and civic participation.

There are three levels and three categories of the Award available at the University varying by age and hours of service completed within a 12-month period. Students, Faculty, and Staff are eligible to apply.

Community and Civic Engagement Awards

These awards recognize unique individuals and exceptional groups committed to community-based learning, community-based research, and community and civic engagement. The ceremony is meant to be an unforgettable time for students, faculty members, staff, and community partners.  

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Civic Action Leaders Scholarship

Civic Action Leaders are a distinguished cohort of student leaders selected to represent the Office of Service-Learning as part of the BGSU Service Corps. As a leadership team they will create opportunities for students to engage in public service and service-learning, and contribute to campus and community activities that promote personal and social responsibility and civic action.

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Other BGSU Awards

BGSU Outstanding Community Service Awards

The Outstanding Community Service Award will be awarded to first year, sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students. All currently enrolled students are eligible for the Outstanding Community Service Award. This award is designed to honor outstanding service to the Bowling Green and/or University community. This service may take the form of volunteerism or employment. The intent is to recognize students who have made significant strides in bettering the quality of life at the University and/or in the Bowling Green community. Grade point average will be a consideration in determining recipients of the Outstanding Community Service Award.

The awards are coordinated by the Office of Campus Activities, in the Division of Student Affairs. Students are nominated for this award during the first part of the spring semester each year, and nominated students are then asked to complete an application form. The selection committee reviews the applications in March, and the awards are presented at the Gregory T. DeCrane Applauding Excellence Banquet in April of each year.

For further details contact: The Office of Campus Activities, 401 Bowen-Thompson Student Union, 419-372-2343


State & National Awards

The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI U) Award

The Clinton Global Initiative, a non-partisan initiative of the William J. Clinton Foundation, is accepting student applications for the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) Meeting.

CGI U is dedicated to the distinct potential that young people and higher education institutions have to make a difference on their campuses and around the world. President Clinton hosted the second annual meeting of CGI U at the University of Texas at Austin. Building on the success of CGI U 2008 in New Orleans, the meeting brought together young leaders, university presidents, and activists to address pressing global challenges in the areas of education, energy and climate change, global health, human rights and peace, and poverty alleviation.

Attending CGI U is free and travel assistance is available for those who qualify. CGI U actively seeks a range of students who have a variety of experiences, interests, talents, and goals.

In order to attend, all students must make a commitment to a new, measurable plan for addressing a specific problem on their campuses or around the world.

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service

The Jefferson Awards for Public Service go to those individuals who have a tremendous impact in the local community. The award focuses on personal acts that are outstanding, unique, and heroic. It also focuses on the impact and improvement that the individual makes in the community. Both volunteers and paid professionals are eligible, as long as they are "unsung" meaning they are not normally in the media, and have gone above and beyond their normal duties.

The Caring Awards

The Caring Institute is now accepting nominations for the Caring Award for individuals from 9 to 99 years old. Caring Award recipients are role models who exemplify an extraordinary commitment to public service and social responsibility. An assembly of nominees are then voted on and selected by the Board of Trustees and previous Caring Award recipients. Recipients are flown to Washington, DC, and honored at a special ceremony. Young Adult recipients receive a scholarship for college tuition.

The Frank Newman Leadership Award

The Frank Newman Student Leadership Award recognizes students with financial need and civic leadership potential and provides both financial support and mentorship to help them achieve their academic and civic goals. Two undergraduates at Campus Compact member institutions will be honored; one award is reserved for a student at a 2-year institution and the other is for a sophomore or junior at a 4-year college/university.

In 2004, the Newman family and Frank's many friends and admirers established The Frank Newman Leadership Fund to enable college students with demonstrated financial need and potential for leadership to receive financial assistance and mentoring, and to have a significant experience in civic leadership during their college years. The fund supports The Frank Newman Leadership Award, which honors the unique legacy of Frank Newman by recognizing presidential leadership for civic engagement and exceptional students who have shown potential for civic leadership through community service and scholastic achievement.

The Fulbright Program

The federal government-sponsored program provides future American leaders an unparalleled opportunity to study, conduct research and teach in other countries. Fulbright student grants aim to increase mutual understanding among nations through educational and cultural exchange while serving as a catalyst for long-term leadership development.

The program awards approximately 1,500 grants annually and operates in more than 130 countries worldwide. Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships are now available in over 40 countries. Fulbright full grants generally provide funding for round-trip travel, maintenance for one academic year, health and accident coverage and full or partial tuition.

Applicants to the Fulbright U.S. Student Program must be U.S. citizens at the time of application and hold a bachelor’s degree or the equivalent by the beginning of the grant. The program does not require applicants to be currently enrolled in a college or university. Applications from young professionals interested in an international experience are also encouraged.

MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship

The MacJannet Foundation, committed to building a community of global citizens, and the Talloires Network, dedicated to promoting the civic roles and social responsibilities of higher education, were proud to announce the first-ever MacJannet Prize in June 2009.

The MacJannet Prize recognizes exceptional student civic engagement initiatives based in universities around the world and contributes financially to their ongoing public service efforts.

Initiatives meriting the MacJannet Prize should creatively address an important social issue that is local, national, or global in scope (e.g. poverty, health, education, peace, etc.). These programs must have had a significant and positive effect on the issue and on individuals or communities. The cash portion of the Prize must be used to continue the work of the recognized program and to deepen its impact. 

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award provides a $10,000 stipend for a graduating college senior to pursue one year of public service anywhere in the world. The award allows recipients to engage in a meaningful public service activity for one year before proceeding on to graduate school or a career.

To apply, please develop a proposal for public service in this country or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good. It can be undertaken by yourself alone or by working through established charitable, religious, educational, governmental, or other public service organizations.