Awards and Recognition


Each year there are a variety of institutional, regional, state, and national awards that recognize students, faculty, and community partners for their contributions and dedication in community engagement, public impact research, and community-based teaching.  

The BGSU Center for Public Impact serves as the campus unit to help identify nominees and assist with applications for the various awards listed below.

BGSU Awards

  • Public Impact Awards – Recognize students, faculty, staff, and community partners for their impact in the community over the past year.

Regional Awards

  • 20 under 40 – Recognizes community leaders – all under 40 - in Northwest Ohio and Southeast Michigan.  

State Awards

  • David Hoch Memorial Award – Honors the outstanding work in service-learning and/or civic engagement performed by a faculty or staff member at an Ohio Campus Compact member institution.
  • Charles J. Ping Student Service Award – Honors undergraduate students at Ohio Campus Compact member institutions for their outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service-learning on their campus or within their community.  

National Awards

  • Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award – Recognizes one senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career if not in a tenure-line) each year for their exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good.