Student Community Service

The Office of Student Community Service (SCS) promotes the development of engaged citizens by supporting student service and philanthropy organizations and connecting students to community agencies in Evanston and Chicago.

Community Registered Student Organizations

SCS supports campus-wide service initiatives including, but not limited to: Make a Difference Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, and NU Gives Back. Students, faculty, staff and alumni have the opportunity to engage in service projects with several different community agencies throughout the year.

Details on all service events will be posted as they become available.

Evanston Volunteer Recognition

During National Volunteer Week, Northwestern University, Evanston Township High School, the City of Evanston, and the Evanston Community Foundation are joining together to celebrate the extraordinary work that volunteers do. Fifteen outstanding volunteers are recognized each year from the Northwestern and Evanston community for making a difference in a multitude of ways. The due date for nominations has passed for 2014.

Service Awards

Senior Woman's Service Award

The Alumnae Board of Northwestern University is now accepting applications for the annual Senior Woman’s Service Award. This is a $2500 prize that is awarded to a Northwestern woman who has demonstrated outstanding volunteer service to the university and community during her undergraduate years.

The Alumnae Directors wish to recognize and encourage the personal commitments of young women to societal needs that go beyond the self and enhance the educational experience at Northwestern. The award acknowledges the countless volunteer hours, often pursued without leadership titles, which many students provide to a variety of programs during their four years at Northwestern.

Applications are due February 6, 2015 and should be submitted to Andrea Bell in the Center for Student Involvement. These can be sent by email to Andrea Bell or by hardcopy to the Center for Student Involvement, 3rd floor of Norris University Center by 5pm on Friday, February 6, 2015.

 For any additional questions please contact Andrea Bell in the Center for Student Involvement or Alumnae Co-Chair, Margo Brown

Ryan Prize

Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Prize for Community Service ($5,000)

The Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Prize for Community Service was established to honor the Ryans’ generous commitment to volunteer service on behalf of Northwestern University and the Chicago community. The Ryan Prize for Community Service will honor a graduating senior who exemplifies leadership and service through participation in university and community activities. Because Northwestern greatly values the Ryans’ extraordinary example of volunteerism and commitment to community, this prize and its recipient will be prominently recognized by the university. 2015 application will go live in Spring 2015.