Strong and vibrant communities depend on the contributions of individuals and groups committed to improving the world around them. The Civic Engagement Awards recognize and honor the contributions of the Drew community to the world beyond the university.

Award Categories

*The Collaborative Action Award is awarded to a student organization or community partner that leads an effective collaboration with the university to accomplish a community service project outside the university.

*The Faculty Leadership Award is awarded to a full-time faculty member in any school of Drew University who has demonstrated commitment to civic engagement through advocacy, teaching, or project development.

*The Staff Leadership Award is awarded to a full-time staff member who has developed or supported opportunities for the Drew community to participate in activities that benefit others.

*The Graduate Student Community Action Award  is awarded to a student enrolled in the Theological School or the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies who has benefited a community outside of Drew by integrating an academic or creative endeavor with community engagement.

*The Creative Community Award is awarded to an individual or group in the Drew University community that shows unusual creativity or innovation in pursuit of a community service or civic engagement project benefiting a community outside of Drew.

*The Thomas D. Sayles Jr. Student Award for Outstanding Service to the Community  is awarded annually to up to two junior undergraduate students, who, like the award’s namesake, has demonstrated an exceptional commitment and unselfish dedication to Drew and to the larger community through exemplary service.

Project Showcase

Prior to the award ceremony, attendees can enjoy a showcase of more than a dozen student and faculty projects that embody Drew’s commitment to linking education with action that benefits communities.

Projects and Student Groups from the past have included the following organizations:

Senior Civic Scholars, Alternative Spring Break, Colleges Against Cancer,  SAAC, Circle K, Drew First Responders, Drew Honduras Project, VRC, Sustainability Office, APO, Community Language and Literacy,and International and Off-Campus Programs

For more information about the Civic Engagement Awards and how you can get involved, please contact