University of Florida Presidential Service Awards
*Applications for the 2015 Presidential Service Awards are now CLOSED. Please CHECK BACK IN SPRING 2016*
Learn more about this year's Outstanding Servant of the Year, Alex Breslin's work with the Dream Team
The Presidential Service Award is intended to recognize students who have dedicated their time and efforts while at the University of Florida to promoting social justice, community awareness, and civic engagement on campus and in the community. The Presidential Service Award is a chance to acknowledge those students who have made outstanding efforts towards community service and too often go unrecognized and unrewarded for their selfless labor.
Applications are available each Spring through the Center's website.
Undergraduate and graduate students who have dedicated 100 hours or more of their time and efforts to service while promoting social justice, community awareness, and civic engagement on campus and in the community are eligible to apply for this award.
Students who have completed over 300 hours of service are eligible to apply for the Servant Leader of the Year award. The recipient of the Servant-Leader award is considered the unsung hero of social change and community improvement.
Logging Service Hours:
For the purposes of this award, Community service hours will be defined as time volunteered which benefit a community or its non-profit institutions and exposes students to social issues.
Students have several ways in which to log their service hours for submission.
- Use this service log, or
- The service site can submit a letter detailing the service and hours completed
Documentation of completed service hours can be submited through the application.
A note about service hours
Whether or not volunteer hours posted will count toward the 100 hours of service for the Presidential Service Award is left to the discretion of the staff at the Center for Leadership and Service. For instance, students who have gone on mission trips or Florida Alternative Breaks trips would not be able to count every hour that they were on their trip as volunteer service, only be the time spent doing service. Additionally, internships and anything done for academic credit or pay do not count towards the award.
If you have a question about whether or not something is considered volunteer service please let us know here.
Yes, you can reapply for the award.
In order for the hours to count towards the award, you would need to have a volunteer coordinator verify that you completed those hours. Service sites can submit a letter to the Center verifying the hours.
We also suggest that you keeping a continual log of your volunteer hours completed during your time here at UF as they can be beneficial in the future. We suggest that you begin tracking those hours from now and continue to track those hours in the future should you need them.
No. The hours do not have to be completed in the Gainesville community. You can count hours that were completed in other places towards the 100 hours.
For the purposes of this award, community service is defined as time volunteered which benefits a community or its non-profit insitutions and exposes students to social issues.
The organization advisor can sign off on your hours.