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

Recipient receives a $400 one-time scholarship payment.

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

2022 Recipient Orion Risk

Orion RiskOrion worked to address the increasing isolation of trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming folks through their work with UW’s Center for Humanities. Orion partnered with a community theatre group in Iowa to make a virtual play from candid online conversations between Iowa and Wisconsin trans people about gender and social distancing. Orion began their process by listening and invested 7 months in developing a relationship with their community organizations and partners, held focus groups and 1:1 conversation.

They wrote their script from these conversations and GenderTalks, has been performed by Rising Fire Theatre (in Iowa), TransTheatreFest-Madison, and in 3 national fringe festivals: Free Fringe Philly, Minnesota Fringe and FringePVD. Orion has also partnered with two undergraduate theatre organizations to put on six plays by trans playwrights, all with trans directors and stage managers. Orion used an equitable reciprocal partnership practice by working on community-identified needs, sought out input on best practices and was continuously seeking feedback.


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.