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Awards & Scholarships

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Guiding Principles 

  • Graduate Students 
    • Outstanding & on-going leader for community engagement (local, regional, or global). 
    • Is a recognized leader with a solid reputation for excellence in civic engagement, service learning, community-based learning, or community-based research. 
    • Utilizes research outcomes for the purpose of educating a wide audience and giving back to the literature. 
    • Utilizes what they learn by working with the community as an opportunity to create sustainable practices that ensure active participation and cooperation between UNC and the community. 
    • Student’s area of expertise is visible and shared to those around them. 
    • Student’s community engagement relates back to their academic goals. 
    • Research tied to the student’s expertise is of benefit to the community. 
    • Enriches learning experiences through active involvement in the community
  • Undergraduate Students 
    • Outstanding & on-going leader for community engagement (local, regional, or global). 
    • Has made a positive impact on community. 
    • Utilizes what they learn by working with the community as an opportunity to create sustainable practices that ensure active participation and cooperation between UNC and the community. 
    • Student’s area of expertise is visible and shared to those around them. 
    • Enriches learning experiences through active involvement in the community. 
    • Student’s community engagement relates back to their academic goals. 
    • If applicable: research tied to the student’s expertise is of benefit to the community. 

Past ACE Award Recipients 

  • 2019
    • Community Engaged Undergraduate Finalist: Grace Davis
    • Community Engagement - Leadership Award: Ashley Amaro Martinez 
    • Community Engagement - Academic Award: Malaika Michel-Fuller 
    • Community Engaged Graduate Scholar Award: Rachel Sprague 
  • 2018
    • Community Engaged Undergraduate Award: Tim Hernández
    • Community Engaged Graduate Scholar Award: Rebecca Autrey, Shyanne Heise, Anna Momchilov 
  • 2017
    • Community Engaged Undergraduate Award: Megan Bissell
    • Community Engaged Graduate Scholar Award: David Matheson, Savannah Cormier
  • 2016

    Awards for 2016 were awarded through the inaugural Mountain West Engagement Summit, a partnership with Campus Connect of the Mountain West.

    • Engaged Student Award: Deitra Sandy, Red Rocks Community College 
  • 2015
    • Community Engaged Undergraduate Award: Megan Stoneman
    • Community Engaged Graduate Scholar Award: Megan Cain, Louise Benke 
  • 2014
    • Community Engaged Undergraduate Award: Megan M. Cain