Community Impact Student Award

Since 2006, the Community Impact Student Awards recognize an outstanding, full-time undergraduate or graduate student service leader from each member campus.  The call for nominations is the first week in September and the nominations are due the first week in October.

Starting in 2019, the award is only presented in-person on even-numbered years during the CSNAP Student Conference. Winners receive a framed certificate and are recognized on stage and in the program. The award is presented in a virtual ceremony during odd-numbered years when we host the Community Change Collegiate Challenge (4C).  NCCC prepares a press release highlighting their accomplishments.

 2018 Community College CISA winners

The award may honor an individual for multiple or diverse forms of engagement including: volunteer service, service-learning, policy work, community organizing, advocacy, internships, or campus leadership. All award winners should clearly demonstrate:

  • Deep commitment to partnering with others to address community issues
  • Outstanding ability to lead and inspire fellow students to engage
  • Evidence of sustainable impact of their work

                 2018 UNC system CISA recipients

Community Impact Award winners are selected by each campus. Any full-time, undergraduate or graduate student at a member campus is eligible.

2021 Nominations are Open!

Submit nomination │ Deadline: October 22

Awards will be presented during a virtual ceremony on Friday, November 5 from 2-3 p.m. Family members and friends are welcome to participate. All awardees will be notified of their selection and provided the link on October 27.

2020 Recipients

We were excited to honor 19 outstanding student civic leaders during a virtual “Engagement Matters” Student Engagement Awards Ceremony on November 13, 2020. View the video.

2020 Recipients (pictured left to right)

Alamance Community College Jennifer Furman
Appalachian State University Lauren Moody
Duke University Alejandra Gomez
Durham Technical Community College Gaebryl Vives
East Carolina University Seth Lemon
Elizabeth City State University Tatiana Keo
Elon University Johanna Crump
Guilford College Exel Valle Estrada
North Carolina Central University Tymia Atkinson
Queens University of Charlotte Emily Sears
UNC Asheville London Newton
 UNC-Chapel Hill De’Ivyion Drew
UNC Greensboro Kalonji Jegede-Roberts
UNC Pembroke Kamren Lewis
UNC Wilmington Jessica Scudella
Warren Wilson College Zoe Renner
Wayne Community College Sabrina Blackmon
Western Carolina University Rebecca Hart
William Peace University Jenica Myers


Click above for the list of all previous winners (2006-present). The document is a spreadsheet with a tab for each year.