The Penn State Award for Community Engagement and Scholarship was established in 2008 by the Vice President for Outreach and Vice Provost for Online Education in collaboration with the University Network for Student Engagement and the Faculty Senate.
The award recognizes an outstanding Penn State engaged scholarship project or initiative that best exemplifies the description of an engaged institution found in the Kellogg Commission’s report Returning to Our Roots: The Engaged Institution. The Penn State Award for Community Engagement and Scholarship consists of a stipend of $1,000.
The recipient of the Penn State Community Engagement and Scholarship Award is submitted as Penn State’s nominee for the Northeast region W.K. Kellogg Foundation Outreach Scholarship Award, sponsored by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU). Regional winners advance to compete for the national C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award.
Regional and National Awards
The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities recognizes five regional winners of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Outreach Scholarship Award at the annual Engagement Scholarship Conference in September/October, where they will compete for the national C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award. Regional winners each receive a stipend of $6,000, $1,500 toward the production of digitized story on the initiative, and $2,000 in travel costs to attend the Engagement Scholarship Conference.
The C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award is a national award that recognizes outstanding partnerships between universities and communities. Only regional winners of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Outreach Scholarship Award are considered for the Magrath Award, which is presented by the APLU at its annual meeting in November. Each national award winner receives a cash prize of $20,000.
Learn more about this awards program at APLU.
Criteria and Submission Materials
Engaged scholarship partnerships that are featured in the applications should exemplify the description of engaged institutions found in the Kellogg Commission on the Future of State and Land-Grant Universities’ report Returning to Our Roots: The Engaged Institution. As noted in Returning to Our Roots: The Engaged Institution:
By engagement, we refer to redesigned teaching, research, and extension and service functions that are sympathetically and productively involved with the communities universities serve, however community is defined… By engagement the Commission envisions partnerships, two-way streets defined by mutual respect among the partners for what each brings to the table.
The initiative must have a designated lead faculty or staff member, and must include one or more community partners.
The following information should be included in the nomination dossier:
- Completed Community Engagement and Scholarship Award nomination form (DOC).
- Description of the initiative that specifically addresses the following aspects of the project. (Please limit the description to 10 pages or less.)
- How the project exemplifies the description of an engaged institution found in Returning to Our Roots: The Engaged Institution, including characteristics of responsiveness, respect for partners, academic neutrality, accessibility, integration, coordination, and resource partnerships;
- Institutional commitment, endorsements, and future plans reflecting a commitment to engagement;
- Relationship between the partners, including a demonstration of the reciprocity of the relationship;
- Impacts on the community, the University, and the scholarship of engagement; and,
- Lessons learned and best practices developed that can contribute to the knowledge and practice of community engagement.
- Support letter from a community partner involved in the initiative.
Nomination Committee and Submission
Nominations are being sought from the University community and will be reviewed and selected by a committee representing the University Network for Student Engagement, the Faculty Senate, student representation, and the previous year’s award recipient.
Nomination forms, with supporting nomination materials, should be submitted by email to COEAwards@outreach.psu.edu by December 22, 2023.
Questions concerning eligibility and nomination packet content should be directed to Richard Smith, co-chair of the Selection Committee, at email@example.com.