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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

Student Awards / Scholarships

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Service-Learning & Volunteer Programs

Office Location:
705 S. New Street
Lawrence Center, Room 241
West Chester, PA 19382

Phone: 610-436-3379
Fax: 610-430-5600

Student Awards / Scholarships

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The Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs encourages faculty, staff, students, and community partners to recognize WCU students who demonstrate a strong commitment to public service by nominating those individuals or groups for their achievements. The department is pleased to announce some exciting changes to the awards for public service! Nominations for the new awards will begin Spring semester of 2015. Please note, the following awards will be replacing the Outstanding Volunteer of the Month and Outstanding Project of the Month awards.

WCU Outstanding Public Service Award

Criteria: Qualifying recipients are currently enrolled West Chester University students who exhibit an ongoing commitment to community service.  Recipients should demonstrate a  strong desire to serve their communities and regularly participate in community service opportunities.    

Who Can Nominate: Faculty, staff, students, and community partners may nominate an individual(s). Self-nominations are not accepted. Parents of WCU students and other relatives are discouraged from nominating family members.

Award: Recipients receive a certificate and a $500 scholarship through the West Chester University Foundation.  The scholarship is awarded each semester, totaling two scholarships per academic year. 

How to Apply: Complete the application on OrgSync. All submissions are due by April 17, 2015.

Community Service Leadership Award

Criteria:  Qualifying recipients are individuals or groups that have created, participated in, and coordinated a wide variety of community service projects (A listing of the projects should be attached to the application as a one page summary). Eligible service nominations will have occurred between March 14, 2014 and March 20th, 2015.

Who Can Nominate: Faculty, staff, students, and community partners may nominate an individual(s).

Award: Recipients, a group or individuals, will be recognized at the Leadership Awards Banquet at the end of the school year.

How to Apply: Complete the application on Orgsync at All submissions must be completed by March 20th, 2015 at 12:00 pm.



Outstanding Volunteers and Projects 2014 - 2015

Kimberly Bydlon

Outstanding Volunteers and Projects 2013 - 2014

Student or Project


Outstanding Service

Christina Gonzalez
Site Leaders for the Care Center Foundation, she worked with pre-school aged children in a free day care facility for low income families.
Sigma Phi Epsilon
"Get Stoked" for Make-A-Wish Foundation, which raised over $2,200 for the cause.
Rebecca Starosta
Coordinator for Good Cause Café, which raised $1,200 for Family Services of Chester County's Project ONE, which supports individuals living with HIV/ AIDS.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon
Paddy Murphy Week which included a blood drive and raised $4,000 for the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
Samantha Turner
Co-founder of David's Drive 831, which is committed to improving the quality of life for hospitalized and homeless veterans as well as people in need.
Brendan Barakat
Volunteered with the Friars Society for several projects, including Brandywine Bingo, Thanksgiving Dinner at the ARC of Chester County, and Good Cause Café.
Abbe' and Friars Societies
The Holiday Family program raised over $9,000 for a family in need through the Crime Victims' Center of Chester County.
William Hibbs
Volunteer at St. Agnes Day Room Educational Preparation Programs where he worked with pre-school aged children and engaged them in fun, educational activities and encouraged English language confidence.
Women's Gymnastics Team
The Unite for Her Pink Invitational Meet, which works to bridge the gap between the medical and wellness communities by educating women diagnosed with breast cancer about complementary therapies.
Karen Lawson
A Site Leader for Sankofa Academy Charter School where she worked with the Sisterhood Program and acted as a tutor and mentor for youth.
Nu Beta; Criminal Justice Honor Society
The Crime Victim's Center Collection Drive, gave needed resources to individuals and families in need.
Mauricio Martinez
Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs staff and Friars Society member who organized the McCarthy Hall move out, volunteered with Good Works and Ram Pride Day of Service.
ConKerr Cancer Committee
April/ May
ConKerr Cancer Pillowcases for a Cause program raised over $500 to make 147 pillowcases for youth dealing with terminal illnesses. The committee was made up of: Abbé Society, Alpha Phi Omega, Friars Society, Honors Student Association, Phi Mu, Phi Sigma Pi, and Sisters United.

If you have questions or comments about awards or scholarships, contact Jodi Roth-Saks Director of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs.