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Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards

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Due to technical difficulties, we are extending the deadline for nomination to Tuesday, May 31. We apologize for any inconvenience.

2016 Call for Nominations

The Washington Center invites nominations for its 2016 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award. The award recognizes institutions that are achieving breadth and depth of civic engagement through mutually transformational community partnerships that define and address issues of public concern at any level from the local to the global.


Award Profile

In reviewing nominations, The Washington Center and the selection committee consider the extent to which institutions are building strategic community partnerships that demonstrate the following:


  1. Leadership and innovation in defining and addressing issues of public concern;
  2. Vision for change that is systemic and sustainable;
  3. Depth and breadth of institutional commitment.

The Washington Center has presented the Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards each year since 2009. Past awardees have reflected a broad diversity of institutional profiles. The 2016 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award recipients will each receive one (1) full scholarship for The Washington Center’s academic seminar Inside Washington 2017: The Presidential Inauguration in January.


How to Nominate

If you are interested in nominating your college or university for the 2016 Higher Education Civic Engagement Awards, please complete our online nomination form. You will be asked to provide the following attachments:


  1. President/Chancellor Signature Form (scanned version)
  2. 1-page description of institution's overall civic engagement efforts (administrative structure, issues addressed, extent of student/faculty involvement, community partnerships, etc.)
  3. 1-page description of a specific program/partnership that you would like to highlight

Please note that Word or PDF files are preferred.


Nomination Deadline

Friday, May 27, 2016


President or Chancellor Signature Form

Download this form


Frequently Asked Questions

Does my president need to attend the presentation of awards for us to receive this honor?

Yes, we do request your president’s or chancellor’s agreement to attend the Academic Awards Luncheon and Gala on September 26, 2016 as a part of the nomination process.


Can I provide supplemental information (i.e. web links, letters from community partner, photos, material beyond the two statements)?

Only the material provided within the text of the two written statements will be considered by the selection committee.


Can we describe a partnership that is between two academic departments on campus?

The award is specifically designed to celebrate engagement between the university and the community at large.


Can two nominations be submitted on behalf of the same college or university highlighting different partnerships?

Due to the number of nominations received, we are only able to consider one nomination per institution.


Can we mail hard copies/fax/email our materials?

Submissions are only accepted via the online nomination form.


Are there requirements for font, word count, line spacing, or margins?

The submission should be clear and easy to read, but otherwise there are no restrictions on formatting.


If you have any other questions about these awards, please contact Heather Steed at Heather.Steed@twc.edu.


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