Skip Navigation
Oklahoma State University
Student volunteer center


Awards and Recognition

Community Service Awards at OSU

We believe it is important to recognize the achievements of our student leaders and encourage those emerging leaders at Oklahoma State University. A reception is held to honor those participants who have completed all the requirements, which includes completing community service hours. Experienced leaders and emerging leaders from all segments of the student population will have an opportunity to come together, network, and share their experiences. This reception is typically held in late April.

Creating Opportunities for Responsible Development

Undergraduate students that complete 400 hours of community service and graduate students that complete 300 hours of community service are eligible to wear the orange honor CORD across the stage at commencement. Applications should be completed during the semester in which you are graduating.

Applications for the 2017 Fall Commencement are due Sunday, November 26th and can be located on the Student Volunteer Center's CampusLink.

Carisa Winters Endowed Service Award

The CARISA WINTERS ENDOWED SERVICE AWARD is an endowed scholarship with a value of $2,000 available to a sophomore or junior undergraduate student who has demonstrated, and plans to continue to demonstrate, a strong commitment to service, positively contributing to the student’s community. The award is designed to support a student with an interest in, and pursuit of, serving individuals, communities, and the nation.

This award may actually fund the conceived project or support the student academically through payment of tuition, fees, books, room and board so that the student is freed up to further develop and implement the service project. The award will be given out on consecutive semesters awarding $1000 each of the two subsequent semesters Fall and Spring dependent upon satisfactory progress shown. Apply Here


National Service Awards and Related Fellowships

Amnesty International USA, Patrick Stewart Human Rights Scholarships

Founded in 1996 and fully funded by actor and activist Patrick Stewart and the Joseph Drown Foundation, the Patrick Stewart Human Rights scholarship provides a unique opportunity for student activists to do applied human rights fieldwork. Recipients plan their own summer internship with a local or global human rights organization or develop a summer project lasting six weeks to four months to promote human rights awareness. Most projects combine development of activist skills with training and research. Scholarships are open to high school, college or graduate students. Past recipients have used the scholarship to build their skills and knowledge to strengthen their capacity to be life-long human rights activists. They have worked on projects to monitor human rights violations, accompany human rights defenders, develop new strategies to hold the perpetrators accountable, and to build the global movement for human rights education. Scholarship stipends range from $300 to $1800 to be used for travel, expenses, materials, etc. Brochure/application available from Amnesty's National Field Program in Washington DC. For more information, contact: Amnesty International, 600 Pennsylvania Ave, SE, 5th FL, Washington DC 20003, or call (202) 544 0200. E-mail: or visit:

Clark Fellows Program

This is a scholarship for students interested in careers in community- based and nonprofit organizations. There are six fellowship awards available, and each Clark Fellow is awarded $30,000; $10,000 per year for two years' salary support (for a total of $20,000) and $10,000 to be applied as tuition towards an appropriate masters degree. Clark Fellows are required to work full-time in a nonprofit or community-based organization while they are in graduate school. Candidates should have a strong and demonstrated commitment to a career in public service, strong leadership skills, as well as demonstrated academic achievement. You must apply in your junior year of college. Application deadline is in early April of every academic year (please check for the exact deadline date each year). For further information and applications, please contact: Clark Fellows Program, c/o Baruch College, School of Public Affairs, 17 Lexington Ave., Box F-1228, New York, NY 10010.

Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs

The Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs has centers in four cities - San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and New York - where 12 fellows are sent each year to participate in an experience-based training program. A bachelor's degree is required, postgraduate or work experience is preferable and most candidates have been active in campus or community activities. Many universities offer credit toward graduate degrees for participants in the program. Applications are due by February. For more information, contact: The Coro Foundation, 44 Wall Street, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10005 or call (212) 248-2935 -fax (212) 248-2970.

Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship for Graduating Seniors

The Echoing Green Public Service Fellowship is a one-year program for graduating college seniors from 27 participating institutions who want to develop and implement a community service project. Echoing Green Fellows have the opportunity to create a new nonprofit organization or initiate a project within an existing nonprofit organization. Up to nine fellowships are offered annually. A $15,000 stipend may be supplemented by additional funds raised by the fellow, or salary from a sponsoring nonprofit organization, but the maximum annual income allowed under the program is $30,000. The application deadline is in March. For more information, contact: Echoing Green, 198 Madison Avenue, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022 or call (212) 689-1165.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship Program

The Truman Foundation scholarships are awarded to students who are juniors at four-year institutions and who show potential for leadership in government and related public service. The funds cover expenses such as tuition, fees, books and room and board, to a maximum of $30,000. An institution may nominate up to three students each year and as many students as they wish who have transferred from a two-year institution, and must appoint a faculty representative to serve as a liaison between the campus and the foundation. Nominations are due in January. For more information, contact: Truman Scholarship Review Committee, 2201 North Dodge Street, P.O. Box 4030, Iowa City, IA 52243-4030 or call (319) 337-1707.

Howard R. Swearer Student Humanitarian Award

This award recognizes five students each year for their outstanding public service and provides financial support toward their continued efforts to address societal needs. Five undergraduate students at Campus Compact member institutions receive awards of $1,500 each to support service programs of their design or choice. For more information, contact Melissa Smith at Campus Compact, Box 1975, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912 or call (401) 863-2842.

J. W. Saxe Memorial Prize

The J.W Saxe Memorial Prize awards $750 to one or more undergraduate or graduate students working toward a career in public service. The award is meant to enable the student to gain practical experience in public service by taking a nonpaying or low-paying job or internship during a summer or other term. Preference is given to those applicants who have already found such a position but who require additional funds. The deadline for applications is in March. For more information, contact: 1524 31st Street NW, Washington, DC 20007

Michael Schwerner Activist Award

The Michael Schwerner Activist Award, funded by the Gleitsman Foundation, recognizes students who in the spirit of citizen activism have taken leadership roles in efforts to solve issues and by challenging inequity and injustice are promoting positive solutions for social change. Schwerner, a civil rights activist and field-staff worker for the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), was murdered in Philadelphia, Miss., along with fellow civil rights workers James Chaney and Andrew Goodman, in 1964. Five awards of $1,000 each will be presented annually to fulltime undergraduate college students in the United States who best fulfill the spirit of citizen activism and promote positive solutions for social change. Nominees may focus their activities on campus-related causes or such broader concerns as social and economic justice, human rights, environmentalism, and the battles against racism, sexism, anti-Semitism, homophobia, and other oppression. For more information, contact: The Gleitsman Foundation, P.O. Box 6888, Malibu, CA 90264.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award

Graduating college seniors who wish to pursue public service for up to one year are eligible for this $10,000 stipend. Applicants may use the money for an individual project or for one that involves an educational, community or religious organization. Awards are granted on the basis of the candidate's academic record, the quality of the proposal and related personal achievements. The deadline for proposals is in February. For more information, contact: The Samuel Huntington Fund, 25 Research Drive, Westborough, MA 01582 or call (508) 389-2000.

Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service Learning

The Thomas Ehrlich Faculty Award for Service-Learning recognizes and honors one faculty member each year for contributing to the integration of community or public service into the curriculum and for efforts to institutionalize service-learning. The award is named in honor of Thomas Ehrlich, former chair of the Campus Compact board of directors and President Emeritus of Indiana University. One award of $2,000 will be granted to a faculty member from a Campus Compact member institution. Ten finalists will also be selected and recognized. For more information, contact Sandra Enos at Campus Compact, Box 1975, Brown University, Providence, RI 02912 or call (401) 863-1119.

For more information and application procedures, please contact our office at 405-744-5145.