Annual Awards

Each year, Maine Campus Compact hosts their Annual Awards Ceremony in April. The ceremony recognized the outstanding work in public service and civic engagement by Maine faculty members, students, campus organizations, community and corporate partners.

The 2021 Annual Awards Ceremony was held remotely in leiu of COVID-19 closures.

Donald Harward Faculty Award For Service Learning Excellence

Maine Campus Compact recognizes three faculty members who have made public service an integral part of their teaching with the Donald Harward Faculty Award for Service-Learning Excellence. Recipients use service-learning and/or community action as an innovative teaching tool to engage students in civic learning. Recipients also show clear evidence of reflection, community benefit and reciprocity with community partners and demonstrate a commitment to advocating for service-learning and/or community action on campus and beyond. To learn more about the incredible work each award recipient is involved in at their campuses, please click on their names to read more.

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Heart and Soul Student Award

Maine Campus Compact recognizes six undergraduate students who have been actively involved in turning their campuses and communities into places of democracy with the Heart and Soul Award. These students have raised their voices on issues of local and global importance through civic engagement efforts. Recipients have a wide variety of experiences in any of the following areas: service, service-learning, activism, or political involvement. They also demonstrate leadership through their successful involvement of others in their innovative approaches to social, educational, environmental, health, economic and/or legal issues facing their communities.

2021 Recipients:

  • Emma Block, Bates College
  • Lutie Brown, Colby College
  • Dominique DiSpirito, University of Maine
  • Ines Ngoga, University of Maine at Presque Isle
  • Bailey West, University of Maine
  • Sydney Wolf, University of New England

2020 Recipients:

  • Silas Coffin, Kennebec Valley Community College
  • Kayla Kalel, University of Augusta at Bangor
  • Ashley Page, Maine College of Art
  • AJ Saulnier, University of Maine at Farmington
  • Lily Wilson, Colby College
  • Evan Zadarkas, University of Maine at Presque Isle

2019 Recipients: Please follow the hyperlink to view each picture of the recipient.

2018 Recipients: Please follow the hyperlink to view each picture of the recipient.

2017 Recipients:

  • Alexandra DesRuisseau — University of Maine at Presque Isle
  • Ryan Herman — Bowdoin College
  • Alicia Rabideau — Bates College
  • Ahmed Sheikh  — Bates College
  • Amanda Smith — University of Maine at Machias
  • Nhu Vo — Saint Joseph’s College

2016 Recipients:

  • Camden Bock — Bates College
  • Catherine Dufault — University of Maine at Farmington
  • Matthew Gee — Bates College
  • Sarah Milkowski-Dahlgren — Maine College of Art
  • Shannon Olson — Univwersity of Maine at Machias
  • Katie Zema — University of Southern Maine

2015 Recipients: Mary Rose Becker, Saint Joseph’s College of Maine; Meaghan LaSala, University of Southern Maine; Heaven Riendeau, University of Maine Augusta at Bangor Campus; Richard Sawyer, Southern Maine Community College; David Silverman, Bowdoin College; Kaylee Wolfe, Bowdoin College.

2014 Recipients: Al French, University of Maine at Augusta; Destany Franklin, Bates College; Bryer Sousa, University of Maine; Kimberly Dao, University of Maine; Tonya Bailey-Curry, University of Southern Maine at Lewiston-Auburn; Michelle Wiener, Bowdoin College

2013 Recipients: Chloe Beaven, Maine College of Art; Madison Louis, Colby College; Alexandra Pastore, University of Maine; Darla Shenberger, Kaplan University; Kimberly Sullivan, Bates College; Sarah Therrien, University of Maine at Augusta

Community Health Hero Student Award

The year’s 2020-2021 were different and challenging in many unexpected ways. Through it all, our great state of Maine has seen a number of students rise to the occasion to meet the needs of our community. From working at testing sites to serving as EMTs and nurses directly on the frontlines, all while balancing a student course load, these community health heroes have played an integral role in keeping Maine safe. Maine Campus Compact’s (MCC) Community Health Hero Student Award recognizes three undergraduate college students for exemplary civic engagement directly related to the public health crisis as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic. These students are inspiring and engaging leaders addressing pressing community health needs.

2021 Recipients:

  • Caitlyn Demers, Saint Joseph’s College
  • Ronan Goulden, Bates College
  • Kaleigh Walsh, Saint Joseph’s College

President’s Campus Leadership Award recognizes a student organization or campus department at each MCC member institution for contributions to community service, service-learning, and/or civic engagement efforts on their campus. This award is non-competitive.

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  • Black Student Union, University of Maine at Presque Isle
  • Omicron Delta Phi, University of Maine at Machias
  • Men’s Lacrosse Team, Bates College
  • KVCC Food Pantry, Kennebec Valley Community College
  • Sciences Department, Saint Joseph’s College

2018 Recipients: Please follow the hyperlink to view each picture of the recipient.

The Community Partner of the Year Award recognizes an exceptional community partner organization and its staff for their exemplary partnership with an MCC member institution.  Through their reciprocal partnership, students learn about challenges in their community and are empowered to tackle them while the partners are receiving valuable services and resources.  These community partners are co-educators for students; they serve as a laboratory for community-based research; and they provide a venue in which students perform community service and deepen their knowledge of and connection with the communities in which they work and live. Through their work with faculty and campus staff, the community partner helps students become well-informed, engaged, and productive members of society, who are better prepared to provide leadership and service to support their communities.

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  • Doug Dumont and the Lewiston High School Aspirations Program in partnership with Bates College

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  • Good Shepherd Food Bank’s Child Hunger Team in partnership with Kennebec Valley Community College

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  • The Opportunity Alliance Parkside Neighborhood in partnership with the University of Southern Maine

The Corporate Partner of the Year Award recognizes an outstanding corporate partner for their contributions and commitment to strengthening campuses and communities in Maine.  Through robust partnerships with Maine Campus Compact member institutions, the corporate partner nominee should exhibit expertise and resources in support of community-engaged learning that helps to educate and empower students in real-world problem solving. The corporate partner may: innovatively train and host your students as interns, better prepare students to be responsible and contributing members in the workforce, provide resources to help implement your community service projects, and/or provide support for community-based research. The corporate partner helps amplify the sustainability and effectiveness of community-based programs that deepen students’ knowledge of and passion for their local communities. Through this reciprocal partnership, the corporation helps students become well-informed, engaged and productive members of society, who are fully prepared to provide leadership and service that advances the public good in their communities.

2021 Recipient:

  • Tim Goff and Machias Savings Bank in partnership with the University of Maine at Presque Isle

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  • University Credit Union in partnership with University of Maine at Presque Isle

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  • MMG Insurance in partnership with the University of Maine at Presque Isle