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.

Recipient receives a $400 one-time scholarship payment.

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

2020 Recipient Rachel Byington

Excellence in Engaged Scholarship Graduate Student Award – 2020 Recipient Rachel ByingtonRachel Byington’s passion has been demonstrated through her work with the Madison Metropolitan School District and the UW–Madison Earth Partnership’s Indigenous Arts and Sciences initiative. She has also served on the Johnson-O’Malley parent committee and Wisconsin Indian Education Association board.

A strong advocate for Native youth and communities and a gracious teacher to non-Native educators, Rachel leads trainings on WI Act 13 and related resources and has co-developed and facilitated educator professional development summer institutes for the Indigenous Arts and Sciences initiative.

Rachel also collaborates with the WI American Indian Society for Engineering and Science chapter and UW–Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences partnerships to deliver hands-on learning opportunities and mentorship for Native youth in ecological restoration and food sovereignty.

Through her research and involvement with urban Native youth and families, she has inspired her colleagues and partners with her commitment.


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.