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Applications Due May 26 for 2017 TWC Civic Engagement Award

Washington Center

The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, an independent nonprofit educational organization, invites nominations for the 2017 Higher Education Civic Engagement Award.  The award will celebrate the power of partnerships by recognizing institutions demonstrating transformational civic leadership through strategic community partnerships.

In reviewing nominations, The Washington Center and the selection committee will 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 at any level from the local to the global;
  2. Evidence of 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 diverse institutional profiles.

Learn more about past recipients and how to nominate an institution here. The deadline for nominations is Friday, May 26th.

Five winners will receive one (1) full scholarship for a student to participate in The Washington Center’s Inside Washington 2018 academic seminar in January 2018.

Previous award recipients include a number of ADP institutions including:

Congratulations to 2017 Newman Civic Fellows!

The Newman Civic Fellowship, an initiative of Campus Compact, distinguishes and supports students who are devoted to finding solutions to various challenges that communities are facing throughout the United States. Throughout the year-long experience, the fellows train and learn about resources that would help them tackle the community challenges. Each year, college and university presidents and chancellors nominate an exemplary student for Newman Civic Fellows. For 2017, Campus Compact selected 273 Newman Civic Fellows from colleges and universities throughout the United States.

ADP extends its congratulations to all of the students selected as 2017 Newman Civic Fellows and especially to the 54 students from ADP member institutions.


ADP Awards Nominations are Due Friday, 3/31

American Democracy Project Awards

Nomination materials for the 2017 American Democracy Project awards are due electronically to by Friday, March 31, 2017. Awardees will be announced on June 8, 2017 at the ADP Organizing Meeting at the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Baltimore, Md.

  • Barbara Burch Award: The Barbara Burch Award for Faculty Leadership in Civic Engagement is given in recognition of exemplary faculty leadership in advancing the civic learning and engagement of undergraduate students and advancing the work of AASCU’s American Democracy Project on campus and/or nationally.
  • William M. Plater Award: The William M. Plater Award for Leadership in Civic Engagement is given in recognition of exemplary leadership of AASCU chief academic officers or provosts in advancing the civic learning of undergraduates through programs and activities that encourage greater knowledge, skills, experiences and reflection about the role of citizens in a democracy.
  • John Saltmarsh Award: The John Saltmarsh Award for Emerging Leaders in Civic Engagement is given in recognition of exemplary early-career leaders who are advancing the wider civic engagement movement through higher education to build a broader public culture of democracy.

Also, have you responded to our quick campus civic engagement awards survey? Respond here.

ADP Query: Campus Civic Engagement Awards

In order to recognize the growing number of ADP/AASCU campuses that recognize and reward the civic engagement efforts of various campus stakeholders, we’ve created a short Civic Engagement Awards Survey.

Complete our brief survey here.


The survey provides an opportunity to acknowledge ADP campuses, faculty, staff, and students who were recognized with regional, state, or national awards for their dedication to civic engagement over the past year. ADP will recognize recipients of awards during our ADP Organizing Meeting on Thursday, June 8th from 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the 2017 Civic Learning and Democratic Engagement Meeting in Baltimore, Md. Learn more and register here:

ADP will also be developing a campus awards resource page on our website: Be sure to nominate qualified candidates for our annual ADP BurchPlater and Saltmarsh awards by March 31st!

Please provide as much detail as possible about the awards, include URLs and email any other materials (e.g., pdf documents) that might be helpful to

Thank you in advance for completing ADP’s Civic Engagement Awards Survey.

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