Outstanding Student Service Awards
Michigan Campus Compact is delighted to be celebrating NINETEEN years of OSSA, continuing the tradition or recognizing undergraduate and graduate students across the state for devoting their time and talents to building strong, safe and connected communities.
NEW for the 2014-2015 Academic Year
Based on feedback received from faculty/staff, students and parents, we are fine-tuning the criteria of the Heart & Soul Award, thereby increasing its value and allowing us the opportunity to recognize the sustained dedication of our student leaders. In order to respectfully honor each of the Heart and Soul awardees at the ceremony, please follow these new parameters:
- Member campuses with 0-10,000 students enrolled may nominate up to ten (10) students for this award.
- Member campuses with 10,001 or more students enrolled may nominate up to fifteen (15) students for this award.
- Nominated students must complete a minimum of 25 documented, non-required service hours per semester that they are enrolled on your campus. Non-required hours can be independent service in the community, or time that goes above and beyond what is required for a class or campus organization. Mandatory service hours do not count toward the 25 hour minimum.
- In order to adhere to these refined guidelines, we encourage you to coordinate applications from your campus. If you're not sure who on your campus is coordinating this process, please click here.
NOTE: Heart & Soul award winners who attend the Outstanding Student Service Awards Ceremony will be recognized as a group, campus by campus. PLEASE emphasize this to your nominees/awardees! Every year, we have a few disgruntled individuals who expected their awardee to walk across the stage and individually receive an award. With the extent of our network and the large number of students recognized, this is simply not possible. Thank you for your assistance!
The online registration system will open on October 3, 2014 and closes January 16, 2015.
All nominees are required to complete a short interest survey to receive an award. MiCC will email this survey to the nominated students. Please double check each students email address as this is the only way MiCC will communicate with the students.
About the Awards
HEART AND SOUL AWARD recognizes undergraduate and graduate students for their time, effort and personal commitment to their community through service.
- Heart and Soul nominees need to complete a short interest survey to receive their award certificate.
- Nominations are open for this award category. Click here to nominate qualified students (see parameters listed above).
COMMITMENT TO SERVICE AWARD recognizes TWO students per MiCC member campus for either the breadth or the depth of his/her community involvement or service experience(s) and the demonstration of meaningful reflection. Recipients, for example, may have devoted multiple years to one program or have demonstrated their leadership by making multiple contributions to her/his institution and community through community service involvement.
- Nominations for this award must be submitted by the President’s Office (or their designee) of each MiCC member campus. It is at the discretion of each campus to determine the selection of Commitment to Service nominees.
- Nominees for the Commitment to Service Award who submit their surveys are the pool of candidates for the Outstanding Community Impact award. A review committee determines the winners of the Outstanding Community Impact Award. Please note: nominees do not receive both awards, if they are chosen for the Outstanding Community Impact Award, they receive that top award only.
- Click here to see what questions are asked prior to completing the online form.
OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY IMPACT AWARD honors up to five undergraduate and one graduate student in Michigan who have made service an integral part of their college experience by their significant contribution to community resources. The recipient’s efforts build partnerships between their campuses and communities, and demonstrate personal reflection and a commitment to lifelong engagement.
- Individuals/campuses do not nominate for this award. The candidates are the students who are nominated for the Commitment to Service Award that have completed their required surveys.
- Winners of this award are selected by an outside review panel.
- Winners will receive $200 to donate to the organization of their choice.
The deadline to nominate students is January 16, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.For questions, please email Shelley Long or call her at 517-492-2432.
Read about the 2013-14 Outstanding Community Impact Award Winners by clicking here. For the complete awardee list for 2014, please click here.