Community Engagement and Volunteering

Clark students out in the community

Awards and Recognition

There are numerous recognition awards and programs for students that have shown leadership and commitment to community service and social change. Below are a few of the campus-wide awards and recognition programs, but individual academic departments may also have their own way of recognizing student achievement.

AmeriCorps Student Leaders in Service

The AmeriCorps program is from Massachusetts Campus Compact and managed by the CEV Center. Each fall, 5-10 students enroll in the program which requires students to complete 300 hours of community service domestically. The students then receive a $1,000 Segal Education Award to use for college tuition or living expenses.

Enrollment is open for the 2011-2012 academic year! Please contact Micki at midavis@clarku.edu for details. Applications are due by Monday, September 12th, 2011.

2010-2011 members: Whitney Adams; Fatoumata Diallo; Erin Gomes; Lorrie Heard; Ashley McCartney; Lila Milukas; Hannah Reardon; Lisa Villani.

COWC Community Engagement Award

Each year, the Colleges of Worcester Consortium honors an individual student or student group that has made an impact on the Worcester community. Selected individuals from each campus are chosen by a committee at each participating school. Past recipients have included Edit Mirkovic for her work at the Main South Community Development Corporation, the All Kinds of Girls (AKOG) mentoring program, and the American Red Cross of Clark University chapter.

In March 2010, the COWC Community Engagement Award was awarded to the Youth Outreach Worcester student group at Clark University. Youth Outreach Worcester (YOW) is a group created and led by Clark University undergraduate students that promotes acceptance, tolerance, and non-violence to middle and high school-aged youth in the Worcester Public Schools.

Youth Outreach Worcester at the COWC Community Engagement
Awards in March 2010

From left to right: William Lehman, Lizzie Schultz-McGuire, Lorena Sterjanaj, Maria Campos, Hilla Benzaken, Janna Gullery, Micki Davis, CEV Program Coordinator

Fiat Lux Honor Society

Fiat Lux is a distinguished honor society for members of the senior class. Fiat Lux members are selected based on an application of demonstrated excellence in academics, leadership, and sustained commitment to community service. Invitations to apply are sent each spring to all members of the junior class with a minimum 3.3 GPA (the required GPA for admission into Fiat Lux). Successful candidates have a strong record in all three categories. As a Fiat Lux member, individuals have to fulfill 10 hours of community service per semester, participate in one or more Fiat Lux group projects and attend monthly planning meetings. Each year Fiat Lux organizes service projects and events such as the American Red Cross Blood Drives, the Daffodil Days fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and neighborhood clean ups.

John W. Lund Community Achievement Award

Mr. John W. Lund, a friend of Clark University, made a generous donation to the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Inc., to endow an annual Community Achievement Award for a member of the Clark University community. The goal of this award is to recognize, reward and inspire the use of the talents and skills of the Clark University community for the benefit of the greater Worcester community. All Clark University faculty, staff and students who are currently enrolled or employed at the University are eligible for this award. Nomination forms are made available each spring through the office of the Vice-President for Government & Community Affairs.

Lund Award 2009

Winners of the 2009 Lund Award: Joshua Cohen, ‘09 and Erin Burns-Maine, ‘09

Thomas J. ’56 and Barbara J. Lindblom ’56 Anton Endowed Prize

The Anton Endowed Prize at Clark University is an annual award for outstanding contributions by a Clark student to the University Park Partnership and the community. Tom Anton was a member of the Board of Trustees at Clark for twelve years and was an ardent supporter of the partnership between Clark and the community.

Winner of the 2009 Anton Prize: Miranda Muro, Class of 2011