Service Learning Awards

Service Learning is a high‐impact college experience and part of our university's Up initiative. To recognize outstanding efforts by our members of our USC Upstate community, each year the Office of Service Learning and Community Engagement, in cooperation with the Office of the Provost, offers several awards each year to students, faculty, and staff who demonstrate superior commitment to Service Learning and Community Engagement.

Service Learning Celebration Program 2018 PDF Document Download

Academic Year 2018-19 Deadlines:   

Nomination:  March 15, 2019
Application:   April 1, 2019
Celebration:   May 2, 2019

 

General Information

Each award includes a cash prize. Awards will be contingent on quality of application and available funds; therefore, some awards may be presented to multiple recipients, while other awards may not be presented. While preference is given to first‐time awardees, previous winners are encouraged to reapply, particularly with new project/program developments. Outstanding applicants may be awarded in more than one category. For detailed information on eligibility, decision criteria, and the application process for each award, click on the award title below. Send questions and comments to OSLCE@uscupstate.edu.

Underclassman: Excellence in Service Learning Leadership: $100

Award Amount:

  • $100

Eligibility:

  • Freshman or Sophomore standing
  • Enrolled student, in good standing, at USC Upstate
  • Completed at least one full semester (12 hours) at USC Upstate
  • Earned, or currently earning, an "A" in at least one USC Upstate Service Learning (SL) course
  • Self‐nominations are accepted, pending support from your Service‐Learning instructor(s)

Nomination Procedure:

  • Online Nomination Form (nominees will be invited to apply)
  • Self‐nominations are welcome. Simply complete the application procedure

Application Procedure:

Decision Criteria:

  • Positive and sustained community impact with and beyond Service‐Learning
  • Proactive and meaningful accomplishment and professionalism with specific community partner(s)
  • Excellence in critical thinking and quality reflection AND leading others into action both on and or off campus
  • Instructor recommendation from the instructor of at least one Service‐Learning course taken
  • Institutional GPA OR GPA in the preceding 12 months (applicant's choice)
  • Preference given to first‐time awardees
Upperclassman: Excellence in Service Learning Leadership: $100

Award Amount:

  • $100

Eligibility:

  • Junior or Senior standing
  • Enrolled student, in good standing, at USC Upstate
  • Completed at least two full semesters (24 hours) at USC Upstate
  • Earned, or currently earning, an "A" in at least one USC Upstate Service Learning course
  • Self‐nominations are accepted, pending support from at least one of your Service Learning instructors

Nomination Procedure:

  • Online Nomination Form (nominees will be invited to apply)
  • Self‐nominations are welcome. Simply complete the application procedure

Application Procedure:

Decision Criteria:

  • Number of Service‐Learning courses taken
  • Positive and sustained community impact with, and beyond, Service‐Learning
  • Proactive and meaningful accomplishment and professionalism with specific community partner(s)
  • Excellence in critical thinking and quality reflection AND leading others into action both on and or off campus
  • Instructor recommendation from the instructor of at least one Service‐Learning course taken
  • Institutional GPA OR GPA in the preceding 12 months (applicant's choice)
  • Preference given to first‐time awardees
Graduate Student: Excellence in Service Learning Leadership: $100

Award Amount:

  • $100

Eligibility:

  • Graduate student standing
  • Enrolled student, in good standing, at USC Upstate
  • Completed at least two graduate courses (6 hours) at USC Upstate
  • Earned, or currently earning, an "A" in at least one USC Upstate Service‐Learning course
  • Self‐nominations are accepted, pending support from at least one of your Service Learning instructors

Nomination Procedure:

  • Online Nomination Form (nominees will be invited to apply)
  • Self‐nominations are welcome. Simply complete the application procedure

Application Procedure:

Decision Criteria:

  • Number of Service‐Learning courses taken
  • Positive and sustained community impact with, and beyond, Service‐Learning
  • Proactive and meaningful accomplishment and professionalism with specific community partner(s)Proactive and meaningful accomplishment and professionalism with specific community partner(s)
  • Excellence in critical thinking and quality reflection AND leading others into action both on and or off campus
  • Instructor recommendation from the instructor of at least one Service‐Learning course taken
  • Institutional GPA OR GPA in the preceding 12 months (applicant's choice)
  • Preference given to first‐time awardees
Student: Excellence in Service Learning: Research or Creative Project: $200

Award Amount:

  • $200

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled student, in good standing, at USC Upstate
  • Self‐nominations are accepted, pending support from at least one of your Service Learning instructors/faculty co‐author
  • At least one published paper or creative work relating to Service‐Learning done at USC Upstate (including Upstate Symposium Proceedings, Upstate Research Journal, and Writer's 

Nomination Procedure:

  • Online Nomination Form (nominees will be invited to apply)
  • Self‐nominations are welcome. Simply complete the application procedure

Application Procedure:

  • Reflective Personal Statement describing your impact through service and the service experience's impact on you (200~500 words, please). Statements may be completed online here, emailed (to OSLCE@uscupstate.edu), or surface mailed (to OSLCE, USC Upstate, CLC 203, Spartanburg, SC 29303)
  • Copy(s) of published project(s) may be emailed (to OSLCE@uscupstate.edu), or surface mailed (to OSLCE, USC Upstate, CLC 203, Spartanburg, SC 29303).
  • At least one Statement of Support from the instructor of record of an SL designated course you have taken – e.g. UNIV 401‐SL
    - Statements of Support may be emailed to OSLCE@uscupstate.edu, mailed via Campus Mail or USPS to OSLCE, USC Upstate, CLC 203, Spartanburg, SC 29303, or completed online: share this link with your Recommender: https://www.uscupstate.edu/outreach/service-learning-and-community-engagement/service-learning-awards/faculty-support-statement-form/
  • Additional materials are welcome via email or surface mailApplication materials (including statements of support) must be submitted by the Application Date to be considered

Decision Criteria:

  • Positive and sustained community impact as reflected in the published project(s) and personal statement
  • Excellence in critical thinking and quality reflection as reflected in the published project(s) and personal statement
  • Service accomplishment and professionalism with specific community partner(s) as reflected in the published project(s)
  • Instructor recommendation from the instructor of at least one Service‐Learning course taken or faculty co‐authorInstructor recommendation from the instructor of at least one Service‐Learning course taken or faculty co‐author
  • Potential of the published project to motivate and inspire readers
  • Preference given to first‐time awardees
Staff: Excellence in Volunteerism: $100

Award Amount:

  • $100

Eligibility:

  • Full or part‐time staff with at least 12 months of continuous service at USC Upstate

Nomination Procedure:

  • Online Nomination Form (nominees will be invited to apply)
  • Self‐nominations are welcome. Simply complete the application procedure

Application Procedure:

Decision Criteria:

  • Sustained and meaningful volunteer efforts including service off‐campus
  • Positive ambassador for USC Upstate in the community and bridge between USC Upstate and our community
  • Contribution to recruiting or encouraging volunteerism in others both on and off campus
  • Supports collaboration among stakeholders and/or demonstrates organizational leadership
  • Preference given to first‐time awardees
Faculty: Excellence in Volunteerism: $100

Award Amount:

  • $100

Eligibility:

  • Full or part‐time faculty with at least 2 semesters of continuous service at USC Upstate

Nomination Procedure:

  • Online Nomination Form (nominees will be invited to apply)
  • Self‐nominations are welcome. Simply complete the application procedure

Application Procedure:

Decision Criteria:

  • Sustained and meaningful volunteer efforts including service off‐campus
  • Positive ambassador for USC Upstate in the community and bridge between USC Upstate and our community
  • Contribution to recruiting or encouraging volunteerism in others both on and off campusContribution to recruiting or encouraging volunteerism in others both on and off campus
  • Supports collaboration among stakeholders and/or demonstrates organizational leadership
  • Preference given to first‐time awardees
Teachers' Excellence in Service Learning Research or Creative Project: $500

Award Amount:

  • $500

Eligibility:

  • Full or part‐time faculty or teaching staff with at least 2 semesters Service Learning experience at USC Upstate
  • At least one published paper or creative work relating to Service‐Learning work done at USC Upstate

Nomination Procedure:

  • Online Nomination Form (nominees will be invited to apply)
  • Self‐nominations are welcome. Simply complete the application procedure

Application Procedure:

  • Reflective Personal Statement describing your impact through service and the service experience's impact on you (200~ 500 words, please). Statements may be completed online here, emailed (to OSLCE@uscupstate.edu), or surface mailed (to OSLCE, USC Upstate, CLC 203, Spartanburg, SC 29303) 
  • Copy(s) of published project(s) may be emailed (to OSLCE@uscupstate.edu), or surface mailed (to OSLCE, USC Upstate, CLC 203, Spartanburg, SC 29303)
  • At least one Statement of Support from a co‐author, colleague, and/or community partner(s)
    - Statements of Support may be emailed to OSLCE@uscupstate.edu, mailed via Campus Mail or USPS to OSLCE, USC Upstate, CLC 203, Spartanburg, SC 29303, or completed online: share this link with your Recommender: https://www.uscupstate.edu/outreach/service-learning-and-community-engagement/service-learning-awards/faculty-support-statement-form/
  • Additional materials are welcome via email or surface mail
  • Application materials (including statements of support) must be submitted by the Application Date to be considered

Decision Criteria:

  • Positive and sustained community impact as reflected in the published project(s) and personal statement
  • Excellence in critical thinking and quality reflection as reflected in the published project(s) and personal statement
  • Service accomplishment and professionalism with specific community partner(s) as reflected in the published project(s)
  • Potential of the published project to motivate and inspire readers
  • Preference given to first‐time awardees
Teachers' Excellence in Service Learning Course Design: $500

Award Amount:

  • $500

Eligibility:

  • Full or part‐time faculty or teaching staff with at least 2 semesters Service‐Learning experience at USC Upstate
  • At least one newly created Service‐Learning course or traditional course converted to Service Learning

Nomination Procedure:

  • Online Nomination Form (nominees will be invited to apply)
  • Selfnominations are welcome. Simply complete the application procedure

Application Procedure:

Decision Criteria:

  • Meets and exceeds all expectations for Service‐Learning at USC Upstate
  • Clear indications of best Service‐Learning practices, including but not limited to:
    - Enhances higher education's contribution to the public good
    - Meaningful integration of the service experience with course content
    - Ample opportunities for, and guidance in, meaningful reflection
    - Positive and sustained impact on both students and community
    - Encourages critical thinking and leadership in students
  • Sustained reciprocal partnership(s) meeting the needs of community partner(s)
  • Innovation design with clear benefits for students, community partners and USC Upstate
  • Demonstrates integration and use of best practices in online teaching, supporting the service learning course
  • Preference given to first‐time awardees
Teacher's Excellence in Online/Blended Service Learning Course Design: $500*

Award Amount:

  • $500

Eligibility:

  • Full or part‐time faculty or teaching staff with at least 2 semesters Service‐Learning experience at USC Upstate
  • At least one newly created Service Learning course or traditional course converted to Service Learning

Nomination Procedure:

  • Online Nomination Form (nominees will be invited to apply)
  • Selfnominations are welcome. Simply complete the application procedure

Application Procedure:

Decision Criteria:

  • Meets and exceeds all expectations for Service‐Learning at USC Upstate
  • Clear indications of best Service‐Learning practices, including but not limited to:
    - Enhances higher education's contribution to the public good
    - Meaningful integration of the service experience with course content
    - Ample opportunities for, and guidance in, meaningful reflection
    - Positive and sustained impact on both students and community
    - Encourages critical thinking and leadership in students
  • Sustained reciprocal partnership(s) meeting the needs of community partner(s)
  • Innovation design with clear benefits for students, community partners and USC Upstate
  • Demonstrates integration and use of best practices in online teaching, supporting the service learning course
  • Preference given to first‐time awardees

 

Nomination Procedure:

 

*Co‐sponsored by the Office of Distance Education


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