Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Graduate Student Award

The Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Graduate Student Award acknowledges a graduate student who aims to better connect campus and community through service-learning, engaged teaching, or leading and participating in community-based research while addressing community-identified issues.

The Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award recipient will be honored during the spring semester for excelling in the following areas:

Impact of Engaged Scholarship Within the Community: the nominee demonstrates engaged scholarship through their knowledge and contributions to community issues while also appreciating the knowledge and talents of those in the community. The nominee demonstrates ability and commitment to work collaboratively across and within community contexts and structures to achieve a civic aim.

Encouragement of Others in Engaged Scholarship: the nominee strives to include others in their engaged scholarship through their dedication, execution, teaching and accessibility of engaged scholarship. The nominee also promotes others’ engagement with diversity.

Fostering Collaboration: the nominee helps creates reciprocal and mutually beneficial partnerships with community organizations through innovative and sustainable contributions and recognizes the importance of sharing ownership in implementing critical group tasks.

Understanding of Community and Social Issues: the nominee has an understanding and profound respect of the organization, culture, system and civic and social issues connected to their service.

The application form is now closed.

Any questions or concerns? Email: specialevents487@office365.wisc.edu.

Recipient receives a $400 one-time scholarship payment.

2023: Talia Cohen, Jules Reynolds, Kao Lee Yang
2022: Orion Risk
2021: Mirva Johnson
2020: Rachel Byington
2019: Marlo Reeves
2018: Giselle Martinez Negrette
2017: Karina Virrueta
2016: Julisa Ventura
2015: Jose Vergara
2014: Lihlani Skipper
2013: Ashleigh Ross
2012: Dadit Hidayat
2011: Catherine Willis

2024 Recipient Becky Rose

Becky Rose

Becky is a PhD candidate in geography with the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. Becky was nominated for this award by her community partner, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services based on her work developing a community-based learning course for the Environmental Studies capstone.

The course focused on heat resilience and engaged students around developing options for the community partner to consider cost effective heating and cooling solutions for schools and other community spaces. 

2024 Recipient Sadie Dempsey

Sadie Dempsey

Sadie is a PhD candidate in sociology. She was nominated for this award by two different community partners — the League of Women Voters, where she is a current Public Humanities Fellow, and the nonprofit, Leaders Igniting Transformation, a Wisconsin based non-profit organization that focuses on advocacy, leadership development, and civic engagement of Black and Brown youth in the state.

Both collaborations focused on supporting youth civic engagement. She has led workshops, served as a volunteer, as well as mentor for multiple youth engaged in these different programs.


The Be the Change Bash is the Morgridge Center’s annual end-of-the-semester celebration. The Bash honors students, staff, faculty and community partners who contribute their time and talents to both the community and the UW-Madison campus through service.

The event also includes the Morgridge Center’s annual award ceremony.