Our annual awards recognize outstanding community and civic engagement occuring on member campuses across our state. Student awards, except where noted, are selected in the fall and presented at the CSNAP Student Conference. Faculty, staff, partner, and presidential award nominations are due in December, and awards are presented at the PACE Conference.

Below is a brief summary of each award. For full details click on the award listed in the left-hand side bar.

For Students

Community Impact Student Award
Our Community Impact Student Awards recognize an outstanding, full-time undergraduate or graduate student service leader from each member campus. Impact Award recipients should demonstrate commitment to partnering with others to address community issues, ability to lead and inspire fellow students, and sustainable impact in their area of work. Each member campus selects its own CISA recipient, who is then recognized by the Compact.

John H. Barnhill Civic Trailblazer Award
Created in 2011 to honor John H. Barnhill, the founding executive director of NC Campus Compact, the Civic Trailblazer Award is given to ONE student from the statewide network. Nominees — one per campus — must be undergraduate students in their final (senior) year. The Civic Trailblazer should demonstrate innovation in civic engagement, work to integrate their service into campus structures, inspire others to serve, and make a meaningful impact on campus or community.

Marshall Alternative Break Scholarship
The Marshall Alternative Break Scholarship provides up to $250 to support a student’s participation in an alternative break program organized by a member campus. The scholarship was created in 2015 by Aaron Marshall, a former student award winner and alum of Western Carolina University. Any student from a member campus may apply.  Preference is given to students who currently receive financial aid, and/or who are Active Duty, Reservist, National Guard, or a Veteran or their dependent.

For Faculty and Staff

Engaged Faculty Award
The Engaged Faculty Award
recognizes one faculty member in the state for exemplary engaged teaching and scholarship, including leadership that advances students’ community and civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, and building institutional commitments to service-learning and community engagement.

Engaged Scholarship Prize
Launched in 2020, this prize was developed by NC Campus Compact in partnership with Dr. Frank Gilliam, Jr., Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, to grow and promote the scholarship of engagement in North Carolina.  

Community Engagement Professional of the Year Award
The Community Engagement Professional of the Year Award recognizes a staff person at a member campus who has worked to institutionalize service, fostered a vision of service, supported faculty and students, and formed innovative campus-community partnerships.  

For Presidents and Chancellors

Leo M. Lambert Engaged Leader Award
Launched in 2012 at NC Campus Compact’s 10th Anniversary event, the Lambert Engaged Leader Award recognizes a presidential leader who is building a campus that engages in reciprocal partnerships to impact a community’s greatest challenges. The award winner is nominated and selected by the Compact’s Executive Board, and the award is presented at the Presidents Forum. 

For Community Partners

Community Partner Award
Given for the first time in 2019, the Community Partner Award recognizes one community partner in the state that has engaged in the development of a sustained, reciprocal partnership with an NC Campus Compact member institution. 


National Campus Compact Impact Awards

Campus Compact Impact Awards recognize faculty, community engagement professionals, and institutions for their transformational leadership in advancing the public purposes of higher education. Learn more

The Ernest A. Lynton Award for the Scholarship of Engagement for Early Career Faculty
This award recognizes a full-time faculty member who is pre-tenure at tenure-granting campuses or early career (i.e., within the first six years) at campuses with long-term contracts, and who connects their teaching, research and service to community engagement.

In 2020, North Carolina scholar, Dr. Michael HemphillAssistant professor of kinesiology, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, received the Lynton Award. He was recognized for his interdisciplinary approach to community engagement that responds to community-identified needs by using sports and physical activity as a way to invite youth to build developmental relationships, foster personal and social skills, and develop a critical consciousness that helps them examine issues of systemic social injustice. Learn more

The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award 
This award recognizes one senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career at institutions without tenure) from the national network. Criteria are the same as for the NC Campus Compact Engaged Faculty Award.

In 2019, North Carolina scholar, Dr. Diya Abdo,  received the Ehrlich award. At the time she was an English Professor at Guilford College. She was recognized for her outstanding efforts to support refugee families through her teaching and scholarship and for founding the Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) initiative, which advocates for housing refugee families on campuses, based on the idea that colleges and universities have all the resources necessary–housing, food, care, skill-building–to take in refugees and support them as they begin their lives in their new homes.  Learn more

Richard Guarasci and Eduardo J. Padrón Awards for Institutional Transformation (for institutions)
This award recognizes institution-wide efforts to address issues of public concern by aligning teaching, research, practice, and values in service of the common good. Each year Campus Compact will identify up to six recipients. Both four-year and two-year member institutions will be recognized.

Nadinne Cruz Community Engagement Professional Award
This award recognizes an exemplary Community Engagement Professional who has demonstrated collaboration with communities focused on transformative change, a commitment to justice-oriented work, and an impact on the larger movement to build ethical and effective community engagement locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally.