The Morgridge Center for Public Service Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award is designed to recognize an undergraduate student who has made community and civic engagement integral to his/her college experience. This award honors student involvement in the community that promotes strong reciprocal partnerships with community agencies and makes a significant impact.
The Excellence in Civic Engagement Undergraduate Award recipient receives a $400 stipend and will be honored during the spring semester.
2020 Recipient Payton Wade
As a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Payton Wade has worked locally with the Lions Club and led the collection of eyeglasses that were then given to children in the Madison community in need.
On campus, Payton is a founder and active leading member of the Student Inclusion Coalition at UW–Madison, where she advocates for social, academic and emotional wellness of all marginalized students. Through the Student Inclusion Coalition, Payton has inspired other students to engage with the community.
As a house fellow, she helped build community for all of her residents through social events and social justice events. This has inspired many of her residents to join various student organizations that also work with social justice, equity and inclusion on campus.
Payton says her personal growth has led to a deeper understanding of community and social issues. On the Milwaukee Youth Council, she created legislation that resulted in social change.
2019: Shasparay Lighteard
2018: Taylor Gilbertson
2017: Katherine Kokkinias
2016: Dania Shoukfeh
2015: Jacob Riederer
2014: Caitlin DeVos
2013: Allison Gundlach
2012: Katie Crean
2011: Jennifer Mathison & Allison Frankel
2010: Molly Reddy
2009: Casmir Turnquist-Held
2008: Laura Marie Scheinholtz
2007: Jenna Klink