The Graduate School presents one service award each year to honor students who demonstrate excellence in service internally or externally to the university.

Winners receive a plaque and $1,000 honorarium.

Award Criteria

  • Should demonstrate innovation, creativity or a new kind of engagement
  • Should be for "promoting the public good," preferably in service internal or external to the university
  • If service is internal to  the university, it must be separate from that of existing department or faculty service commitment and clearly beyond that of the faculty advisor
  • If student is also an employee of VT, service must have been performed in primary role as student
  • No paid services or those that result in financial gain may be considered
  • Nominee must be enrolled at the time of the nomination
  • Service effort must have occurred in Spring, Summer or Fall 2017 while nominee was in student status

Nomination Requirements

  • Completed nomination form
  • Two letters of recommendation that address significance of the impact of service(s) performed:
    • One from a supervisor of the services performed, if applicable; otherwise from a beneficiary of the service
    • One from anyone in the community who has had an opportunity to observe the performance of the service
    • One letter from the nominee describing the service, including the time and/or level of commitment required to com plete nomination project(s) - maximum two pages.

Additional details

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Deadline: January 29, 2018