Alden Award Nomination Process & Selection Criteria

The Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-Learning Awards recognize one graduating senior, one faculty member, and one community partner for their commitment to the ideals of service‐learning.

Eligibility

Graduating seniors, faculty members, and community partners who have participated in at least one service‐learning course at Duke are eligible for an Alden Award.

Amount of Award

Each Alden award winner will receive $250 to further develop his/her community-­building and leadership skills.

Selection Criteria

Students
  • Leadership, initiative, or ongoing commitment to academic service-learning
  • Quality of reflection about the service-learning experience
Faculty
  • Meaningful integration of the service experience with course content (structure of the service experience, selection of community partners, use of critical reflection)
  • Consideration of, and ongoing commitment to, the needs of community partner(s)
  • Impact of community partnership(s) at Duke or in the local community
  • Involvement in the service-learning community at Duke
Community Partners
  • Ongoing commitment to the academic and personal development of Duke students
  • Collaboration with Duke students and faculty members

 

Nomination Instructions

Any member of the Duke community or a community partner organization may nominate an eligible student, faculty member, or community partner (individual or organization) for a Betsy Alden Outstanding Service-­‐Learning Award.

  • Faculty and community partner nominations: NOMINATOR submits a statement of approximately 500 words indicating why the nominee deserves the award in light of the criteria listed below.
  • Student nominations: NOMINATOR submits a statement of approximately 500 words indicating why the nominee deserves the award in light of the criteria listed below. ALSO, the STUDENT NOMINEE must provide a short description or reflection on their service-­‐learning experiences at Duke.

Student Nominee Instructions

Please provide the student with the instructions for their reflection statement. We suggest doing so by the first week in March to allow time for them to prepare a statement before the deadline. Joint nominations are welcomed.

DOWNLOAD: Instructions (pdf)

Deadline

Nominations should be submitted to Dane Emmerling, Assistant Director, Duke Service­‐Learning, by email (dane.emmerling@duke.edu), mail (Box 90739), or in person (West Duke 213), and must be received by March 20.