Service Recognition

Civic Engagement believes in rewarding good deeds. Students can earn volunteer rewards through Civic Engagement, be nominated for university service awards and gain recognition for their service from the President of the United States through the President’s Volunteer Service Award.

President’s Volunteer Service Award
Students who completed 100 hours or more of community service during a calendar year are eligible for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Recipients receive a personalized certificate, an official pin and a congratulatory letter from the President of the United States. Students must log all volunteer hours in order to be eligible for this award.

Students who have questions regarding how to log volunteer hours in order to be eligible for rewards should contact Civic Engagement at 404-413-1550.

Volunteer Rewards
Reflection is an important piece of the process of service learning and allows students to take the necessary time to process their experiences and look critically at the social structures which play into social issues. Students who log all volunteer hours and write reflections on their service experiences are automatically entered in a drawing each semester to win prizes. This year, Civic Engagement is offering two $250 textbook scholarship vouchers and sixteen $50 textbook scholarship vouchers.

Patton Awards for Community Service and Social Justice
Civic Engagement will soon accept nominations for the 2018 Carl V. Patton President’s Awards for Community Service and Social Justice. This prestigious award will be given to individuals and organizations who exemplify commitment to serving others and the Atlanta community. The five award categories are:

  • Outstanding Community Impact Award, Student: Given to a Georgia State University student who has exemplified outstanding service to the community.
  • Outstanding Community Impact Award, Student Organization: Awarded to a chartered Georgia State University student organization that has provided exemplary service to the community.
  • Outstanding Faculty or Staff Award: Recognizes a Georgia State University faculty or staff member who has dedicated his or her time in addressing a need in the Atlanta community.
  • Outstanding University Program Award: Acknowledges the efforts of campus programs that are created to serve Atlanta’s needs.
  • Outstanding Community Partner Award: Highlights the relationship between Georgia State University and a non-profit community agency to address community needs.

Please check back for nomination submission due dates and details.

There will also be an additional award from the White House called the President’s Volunteer Service Award (see description above). This award requires no nomination and will be given to all students who have completed at least 100 hours of service.

Those eligible to receive this award must log all volunteer hours in the site. Please contact Civic Engagement for further details.

A how-to guide for logging in service hours is found at Service Management for Students in OrgSync. Civic Engagement will notify those who meet the service hour and log requirements to receive the award.

For additional questions contact Civic Engagement via email or phone 404-413-1550.

Past President’s Award Recipients

  • The Outstanding Community Impact Student Award is awarded to a Georgia State University student that has exemplified a commitment to service and to the community.
    • 2017: Tara Franklin-Mitchell
    • 2016: Adrian Douglas II
    • 2015: Christian Hill
    • 2014: Olufemi Bab-Oke
    • 2013: Carmen Williams
    • 2012: Jasmine Speights
    • 2011: Sarah Higinbotham
    • 2010: Frank Bragg
    • 2009: Ashley Fennessey
    • 2008: Karishma Saini
    • 2007: Kheli Faulkner
    • 2006: Gaurav Bhatia
  • The Outstanding Community Impact Student Organization Award is awarded to a student organization that has an ongoing commitment to serving the community.
    • 2017: Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Inc.
    • 2016: Panther’s Pantry
    • 2015: Beta Alpha Psi - Beta Mu
    • 2014: Georgia State University Student Athlete Advisory Council
    • 2013: Panther Breakaway
    • 2012: Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated
    • 2011: Nonprofit Leadership Alliance
    • 2010: Alpha Phi Alpha
    • 2009: The Nursing Students at Georgia State (NSGS)
    • 2008: The Rialto Student Ambassadors
    • 2007: American Medical Students Association
    • 2006: Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority
  • The Outstanding Faculty or Staff Member Award is given to a person who exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism.
    • 2017: Dr. Brian A. Williams
    • 2016: Syliva Caley
    • 2015: Tonya Cook
    • 2014: Eshe' Collins
    • 2013: Dr. Matthew Robison
    • 2012: Alyssa Dunn
    • 2011: Dr. Julia Perilla
    • 2010: Dr. Mary Gebhardt
    • 2009: Pamela Willingham
    • 2008: Dr. Peggy Gallagher
    • 2007: Dr. Marshall Kreuter
    • 2006: Dr. Lori Elliot
  • The Outstanding University Program is awarded to a program that requires master level students to address the most critical of community needs.
    • 2017: Department of Kinesiology and Health
    • 2016: Georgia State University Physical Therapy Community Practice
    • 2014: African American Studies, Service Learning Program
    • 2013: Project Healthy Grandparents
    • 2012: Farm Workers Health Program
    • 2011: Nursing Students at Georgia State
    • 2010: Computer Assisted Debate Project
    • 2009: The Masters in Social Work Community Project (developed by the School of Social Work)
    • 2008: The Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic
    • 2007: The BioBus Program
    • 2006: After-School All-Stars
  • The Outstanding Community Partner Award honors an organization that partners with Georgia State University to serve the greater Atlanta community.
    • 2017: American Red Cross of Metropolitan Atlanta
    • 2016: City Council Member Kwanza Hall’s Office
    • 2015: Atlanta Community Food Bank
    • 2014: Gateway Center
    • 2013: SafeHouse Outreach
    • 2012: Fulton County Schools Homeless Program
    • 2011: Agape and the Masters of Social Work program
    • 2010: H.A.B.E.S.H.A., INC.
    • 2009: The Study Hall after-school enrichment program
    • 2008: The Enchanted Closet
    • 2007: Georgia Justice Project
    • 2006: Community Housing Resource Center

Civic Engagement has named Mecca Clarke the Student of the Month for the month of October. Mecca is a sophomore at GSU majoring in Film/Video and Media. She demonstrates leadership and service through her volunteer position with Safehouse Outreach in Downtown Atlanta.

This year, Mecca has partnered with Safehouse in their mission of breaking the cycle of poverty by giving a hand-up and not just a hand-out. Safehouse provides practical, emotional, and physical assistance and support for the in-need and at-risk in Atlanta. They aim to transition people from homelessness to a point of stability and independent living. This is made possible by selfless, generous, and loving Safehouse staff and volunteers, like Mecca!

Serving the homeless population of Atlanta has greatly impacted Mecca’s life. She has learned that everyone in the world has importance and should be treated with respect and equality. Serving has also humbled Mecca and taught her to treat others with kindness because you never know what someone is going through. When Mecca is not studying or volunteering, she enjoys taking pictures and making films. Mecca is also a basketball player and a fanatic gum chewer. Congratulations, Mecca! We are thankful for your heart of service and excited to see what the future holds for you!