Community Service Awards

View the 2019 Community Service Award Recipients

View the 2019 Civic Engagement Awards Recipients

Community Service Award


The Community Service Resource Center invites you to nominate individuals for the annual Community Service Awards!

Throughout the school year, there are many UC Davis students, staff, faculty and student organizations who devote their time to community service and make an effort to improve the communities around them. They perform community service in various fields and help people who are in need. The Community Service Resource Center wants to recognize their dedication to community service by offering them the opportunity to receive a Community Service Award, which publicly acknowledges the work they've accomplished in their communities.

Please nominate UC Davis affiliates who contributed their time to community service throughout the year 2018 - 2019.

Nominations Now Open


What is community service? Community service is unpaid or voluntary work intended to benefit people, strengthen communities, and positively impact society or its infrastructure. In order to recognize the varied and generous dedication to community service by UC Davis students, staff, faculty, and student organizations, the Community Service Resource Center holds its annual UC Davis Community Service and Civic Engagement Awards. During winter quarter, we open nominations to all UC Davis affiliates and announce the award recipients in the spring. Recipients will receive certificates under different categories based upon dedicated service to others as well as breadth, quality, and time committed to community service. The categories are Outstanding, Gold, Silver, and Bronze.

Outstanding and Gold Recipients will be invited to attend a reception with distinguished members from our administration. They may also be eligible for the UC Davis Civic Engagement Award (additional documents may be required). Some recipients may be qualified to receive the President's Volunteer Service Award.

Community Service Award Ceremony

UC Davis Civic Engagement Awards

The UC Davis Civic Engagement Awards recognize students and organizations who have demonstrated a substantive and positive community impact through involvement and engagement. Recipients of this award not only excel in the areas of leadership and scholarship, but also seek to apply these abilities in innovative ways to improve the lives of others. Civic Engagement includes a wide range of activities by which students are engaged in service to the campus, local, national and/or international communities. Underlying civic engagement is the assumption that students are developing skills and knowledge to help make meaningful differences in the lives of others and developing a holistic perspective on the interconnectedness between civic engagement and positive societal changes.

There are a total of six civic enagement awards:

  • First Year Award
  • Graduate Student Award
  • Undergraduate Student Award (three individuals awarded)
  • Student Organization Award

Individual award nominees must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA and be in good standing with the university.

President's Volunteer Service Awards

The Community Service Resource Center is now a certifying organization for administering the President's Volunteer Service Award. This is a Federal Award that was implemented to foster taking positive action in the world. In order to receive this award you must complete the Community Service Award application that our center opens up in the winter, as well as be either a United States citizen or a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the United States. This does not affect your eligibility to receive the UC Davis Community Service Award or the Chancellor's Civic Engagement Award.