The Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC) supports and encourages excellence in engaged scholarship through its annual ESC Awards Program. The annual Awards Program recognizes higher education institutions and their exemplary contributions to scholarship and the practice of engaged scholarship. The 2021 ESC Awards of Excellence in Engaged Scholarship will recognize exemplary institutional programs in the following four categories: Student, Faculty, Staff, and Community Partner.
In addition, ESC provides recognitions for exemplary Institutional Leadership as well as the Distinguished Engaged Scholar. The Distinguished Engaged Scholar Award is named the Hiram E. Fitzgerald Distinguished Engaged Scholar Award in honor of Hiram “Hi” Fitzgerald, University Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University, who served as president of ESC. The 2021 Institutional Leadership Award is named the Ryan, Moser, Reilly Award recognizing leaders from Pennsylvania State University, Ohio State University, and University of Wisconsin - Extension for their significant contributions to the inaugural meeting of the National Outreach Scholarship Conference.
Please note: The 2021 Institutional Leadership Award will be presented to Pennsylvania State University. ESC will begin accepting nominations for these two categories (Institutional Leadership and Distinguished Engaged Scholar) in 2022.
All higher education institutions (2- and 4-year, public and private) are eligible to submit nominations. Institutional award recipients will receive a cash award (up to $3,000), acrylic award, and two registration fee waivers for the 2021 ESC Annual Conference (virtual).
In 2021, ESC will hold its Awards and Recognition Ceremony virtually during the Annual Conference (September 13 - 15, 2021). In addition to participation in the Awards and Recognition program, category winners will be invited to share their exemplary program experiences during an Award Recipients Panel presentation.