The Civic Engagement & Volunteerism Office is creating an annual awards program to recognize the outstanding service achievements of individual students, student organizations, student groups such as class projects and our non-profit partner of the year. Depending on the award, students can self-apply or be nominated.
The Panther Service Awards will be announced in late April each year in the MLK Jr. Union, Grand Ballroom. We will invite all nominees, the EIU community including student groups, faculty, and administration, local community members, and parents to come celebrate these accomplishments with us.
For more information regarding the various individual and group awards, the applications, deadline to apply, etc. please see below.
Application Deadline: March (Wednesday before spring break)
All students who are nominated or receiving an award will be notified in advance of the award ceremony.
Emerging Leader Award
The Emerging Leader Award is awarded to a student who has become an active member of the community through volunteering. Student must have a 2.75 GPA, have less than 40 credit hours, and be in good academic standing. The student must have at least 30 hours of community service logged through the Civic Engagement & Volunteerism office. This award is a self nominated award. This award must be applied for through the EIU Scholarship system.
Making a Difference Award
The Making a Difference Award is for students who have actively participated in volunteering through the Civic Engagement and Volunteerism office. This student has demonstrated the importance of serving the campus, the community, and country through their actions. Student must have a 2.75 GPA and be in good academic standing. This award is a self nominated award. This award must be applied for through the EIU Scholarship system.
Panther of the Year
The Panther of the Year award is the highest award that an Eastern student may receive from Civic Engagement and Volunteerism. The Panther of the Year award is given to 2 students who have completed 70 credit hours and maintained at least a 3.00 GPA. The students are selected based off academic achievement, service to the community, participation in co-curricular activities and extracurricular activities as a student at Eastern. The Panther of the Year must show exceptional qualities in volunteering and making a difference in the Charleston community. This award is a self nominated award. This award must be applied for through the EIU Scholarship system.
Silent Inspiration Award
The Silent Inspiration award is given to a student who has served their organization, local community, or Eastern Illinois office in an effective and quiet manner. This award is for a student who may not have a leadership role, but has committed time and energy to serve the organization and Eastern community. The student is nominated by their peers, advisor, or faculty with or without the nominee’s knowledge.
Lead by Example Award
The Leading by Example Award is an award presented to a social fraternity and/or sorority that facilities leadership development and promotes leadership opportunities for its members, the campus, and the community. This award can only be given to a chapter that has been established for two years or more. The organization must demonstrate the values of Civic Engagement & Volunteerism. This award can be self-nominated or nominated.
Outstanding Collaborative Program Award
The Outstanding Campus Collaboration award is given to a student group (registered student organization, Greek chapter, class project, etc.) that has collaborated with another student organization, chapter, or Eastern Illinois department on an event that promotes philanthropy, leadership, or service. This program could be a series of events or occur one time. This award can be self-nominated, nominated by advisor, or attendee.
Outstanding Academic or Educational Program Award
The Outstanding Academic/Educational Program award is awarded to a student group (registered student organization, Greek chapter, class project, etc.…) that has hosted an event that encourages social, ethical, and/or civic responsibility through programming with education. This award is focused on a specific academic/educational program that furthered knowledge, encouraged dialogue and learning among attendees. (An Example: A student organization host an educational presentation on food insecurity, and how to help students and the community.) This program could be a series of events or occur one time. This award can be self-nominated; or nominated by advisor; or attendee.
Outstanding Impact Award
The Outstanding Impact award is awarded to a collective student group (registered student organization, Greek chapter, class project, etc.) that has hosted an event that empowers students to take action. This event can be philanthropic or service related. The event must make a significant difference in the campus community and/or local Charleston community. This program could be a series of events or occur one time. This award can be self-nominated, nominated by advisor, or attendee.