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:

  • Each member campus with 0-10,000 students enrolled may nominate up to ten (10) students for this award.
  • Each member campus 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 tocoordinate applications from your campus. 

 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.

NOTE: 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

The HEART AND SOUL AWARD recognizes undergraduate and graduate students for their time, effort and personal commitment to their community through service.

The 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.

The 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.

 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.


Below are the 2014 Outstanding Community Impact Award Winners! In 2013-14 there were seven as two were a team from Kalamazoo College.

Read about their amazing service by clicking here.

  • Leah Nawrocki, Aquinas College
  • Jessica Mac Vane, Grand Valley State University
  • Roxann Lawrence & Raven Fisher, Kalamazoo College
  • Antigone Senn, Madonna University
  • Jamilah Alhashidi, University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • Jonathan Wong, Wayne State University

For the complete awardee list for 2014, please click here.