UF Presidential Service Awards
2018 Presidential Service Awards
The Presidential Service Award recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who dedicate themselves to promoting social justice, community awareness, and civic engagement on campus and in the community. This is a chance to acknowledge students who made outstanding efforts in these areas and too often go unrecognized and unrewarded.
2017 The David & Wanda Brown Center Model of Leadership and Service winner: Ikramamual Nibir
2017 Emerging Servant Leader Award winner: Sam Cockey
Presidential Service Award Requirements
200+ hours of logged community service between March 1, 2017 and March 1, 2018. See "Logging Service Hours" below for more information about what is considered "community service" for this award.
The David and Wanda Brown Model of Leadership and Service Award
Recognizes a student (undergraduate or graduate) who actively works to instill positive social change in the community and exemplifies the values of true leadership. Must have completed 300+ hours of community service.
Emerging Servant Leader Award
Recognizes a first-year student who has shown a dedication to leading their peers in community engagement.
Leadership and Service Advocate of the Year
Recognizes faculty, staff, or individuals in a community agency, who have gone above and beyond in service and leadership.
Logging Service Hours
Community service hours are defined as time volunteered which benefit a community or non-profit institutions and exposes volunteers to social issues. Hours logged for the Presidential Service Awards should be for time directly spent in unpaid, non-academic credit, volunteer service. Travel or hours spent not in service at overnight retreats or trips are not considered direct service hours. It will be at the discretion of the Center for Leadership and Service to make the final determination about hours logged for the Presidential Service Awards.
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 submitted through the online application.
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 200 hours.
For the purposes of this award, community service is defined as time volunteered which benefits a community or its non-profit institutions and exposes students to social issues. Opportunities must have third-party verification; ideally not an individual who directly benefited from the service. Here is a short list of types of opportunities that can count toward the PSAs:
Direct Service: Cook/serve/deliver food for the homebound or homeless; Tutor, mentor, or coach youth; visit with the elderly
Indirect Service: Participate in an environmental project; Build low-income housing; Fundraise for a nonprofit beneficiary
Research Service: Work in a laboratory that contributes to the solution of a community need; Test water to assist with restoration efforts
Advocacy Service: Conduct information campaigns; Lobby on behalf of a community issue; Conduct nonpartisan voter registration drives
- Service opportunities that have been court ordered or sanctioned.
- Opportunities that have been paid (i.e. you received a paycheck for your work).
The organization advisor can sign off on your hours.