In alignment with UNF’s mission, the Osprey Community Engagement Medallion recognizes students who demonstrate exemplary commitment to the greater Jacksonville community through activities such as community-based learning, volunteerism, community or social advocacy, community-based Federal work-study, and political engagement during their years as a UNF student.
The Center for Community-Based Learning recognizes up to 25 graduating students each semester who greatly excel in engagement and service to their community by awarding the Osprey Community Engagement Medallion. Students awarded the Osprey Community Engagement Medallion demonstrate excellence and exhibit personal development, intellectual growth, and positive community impact resulting from their community engagement experiences. Recipients are expected to have engaged in a variety of activities demonstrating the diversity of commitment in serving their communities while making a significant investment to at least one community-based experience over time.
Upon completion of the application process, students who are selected will receive their medallions at a special ceremony, and may proudly wear their medallions at UNF’s commencement ceremony.
For any questions about the Osprey Community Engagement Medallion please contact Ryan Doan (firstname.lastname@example.org or 904-620-3549).
Completed applications must be received electronically (to UNFCARES@UNF.EDU) or as a hardcopy (to Kristin Quinn in the Center for Community-Based Learning (CCBL) Building 1/ Room 1402) no later than 3:00PM on Friday, October 27, 2017.
The application consists of two main components:
1. Completed student application form:
a. Applicant eligibility, including GPA and graduation application status
b. Documentation of 3 Community Engagement Experiences
c. Personal Essay
2. Recommendation forms (2 total required – one from each listed below):
a. Faculty/Staff Recommendation
b. Community Partner Recommendation
Part 1: Student Application Form
A. Applicant Information and Eligibility
Submission of general applicant information, including overall Grade Point Average (GPA)
Undergraduate students: A minimum UNF GPA of 2.75 is required. Applicants GPA will be verified via UNF’s student records.
Graduate and Professional Students: A minimum UNF GPA of 3.0 is required. Applicants GPA will be verified via UNF’s student records.
B. Documentation of Community Engagement Experiences
Applicants should complete the Community Engagement documentation portion by detailing THREE (3) meaningful community engagement experiences that have occurred during their academic years at UNF.
To complete the documentation form, you will need information such as course names, course numbers, CRN Numbers, faculty member names, names of experiences or community-based assignment(s), names of the community organizations, number of hours served, and a brief summary of the experience. You may want to gather this information before beginning the application.
You will need to identify in which category your Community Engagement Experience fits. These categories are for classification purposes only.
Curricular (Course/Credit Based) Community-Based Activities
Co-Curricular (Out-of-Classroom) Community-Based Activities
Compensated Community-Based Activities (via money, scholarship, or similar benefits)
C. Personal Essay
Applicants are asked to submit an essay (no more than 1000 words) that addresses the following statement:
I have a responsibility and a commitment to use the knowledge and skills I gained as an undergraduate college student to collaborate with others, who may be different from me, to help address issues in society.
GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL STUDENTS:
I have a responsibility and commitment in my career to use the professional knowledge and skills that I gained through my graduate education to collaborate and build consensus with others across difference to address social issues.
Applicants are asked to explain the ways that they agree or disagree with this statement and provide personal examples.
Part 2: Recommendation Forms and Comments
Recommendation from a UNF faculty/staff member
One recommendation is required from a faculty or staff member who has advised, supervised or observed the applicant’s community-based engagement experience(s). This recommendation should address the applicant’s civic learning and development that occurred as a result of the community-based engagement experience(s). The recommendation consists of a form and a space for additional comments. A full recommendation letter is allowed, but is not required.
B. Recommendation from a Community Member/Partner
One recommendation is required from a community member/partner who has advised, supervised or observed the applicant’s community-based engagement experience(s). This recommendation should detail the community impact that an applicant has contributed as a result of the community-based engagement experience. The recommendation consists of a form and a space for additional comments. A full recommendation letter is allowed, but is not required.
A committee comprised of faculty, staff, and community partners will review and score applications. Applications will be rated on the evidence of the dimensions of a Community Engaged Osprey.
Applications should reflect a breadth (variety) and depth (quality) of experience in several different community engagement experiences.
What is a Community Engaged Osprey?
In alignment with UNF’s mission and values, a Community Engaged Osprey is skillfully prepared through formal education to significantly contribute to their communities. This student has the capacity and desire to work with others to contribute to the public good.
Evidence of a Community Engaged Osprey includes how your community and civic experience have:
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For any questions about the Osprey Community Engagement Medallion please contact Ryan Doan (email@example.com or 904-620-3594).
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