Earn the Spartan Volunteer Service Award, deadline December 11, 2020

Announcing the Spartan Volunteer Service Award: A presidential recognition administered by the Center for Community Engaged Learning.

Your commitment to Community Engagement means the world to us. It’s what makes being a Spartan so special. The Spartan Volunteer Service Award will be given to any MSU student who serves a minimum of 100 hours of verified community engagement between November 11, 2019 and November 12, 2020. 

How to be Eligible:

  • Download the MSU Civic Life App on your smart phone or tablet*
  • Update your profile and input your qualifying hours by December 11, 2020.
  • All students who update their profiles within the app with 100 or more hours will be eligible for the award

*We are aware that there are some issues with the MSU Civic Life App, particuarly for iOS users. If you are unable to log your hours in the app for any reason, please download and fill out this spreadsheet. Please email completed spreadsheets to Sophie Morin and morinsop@msu.edu.*

What Counts Toward the Award

There are many different ways of community engagement, not just volunteering, that count toward the 100 hours necessary to be eligible for the SVSA. Your hours can be from during the semester, over the summer, at home, abroad, or on campus at MSU! The different types of community engagement are represented as different categories in the MSU Civic Life App and defined below with examples. 

Advocacy – Communicating support of an idea or cause and collecting evidence to support one’s position


  • Sharing a video about a cause on social media
  • Participating in a non-violent rally or march in support of a cause
  • Research an issue that is important to you and share what you learn

Community Conversations – Exchanging and weighing different ideas, perspectives, and approaches in a civil way


  • Join MSU Dialogues
  • Organize a discussion circle with friends
  • Have a civil conversation with someone who has different opinions than you

Community and Economic Development – Acting locally to provide economic opportunities and improve social conditions in a sustainable way 


  • Support local small businesses
  • Work with a neighborhood garden
  • Take a class at a community center

Democratic Engagement- Using the formal structures of the political system to attempt to change society


Philanthropy- Offering charitable aid or donations to social change focused, community-based organizations to combat social problems


  • Hold a fundraiser for a nonprofit organization
  • Give to an organization that matches your values
  • Participate in a food drive

Volunteering- Short or long-term donation of time and talent to directly support the activities of a community-based organization