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EIU Civic Engagement and Volunteerism

Panther Service Awards

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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. 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 12, 2021 at Noon. 

All students who are nominated or receiving an award will be notified in advance of the award ceremony.

Individual Awards

Emerging Leader Award
The Emerging Leader Award is awarded to an undergraduate 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 open to currently enrolled students regardless of undergraduate or graduate level status. 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 undergraduate 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 an undergraduate 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.


Group Awards

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 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.

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Contact Information

Civic Engagement and Volunteerism

Eastern Illinois University
MLK Jr. Union 3rd Floor
Charleston, IL 61920

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