What are Cal Poly's Community Service Awards?

For over 30 years, Cal Poly's Community Service Awards have been presented to students, faculty and staff for their contributions to the quality of life in San Luis Obispo and their spirit of civic engagement.

Awards are given to highlight specific achievements in service. The awards are selected on the basis of the written nomination by a panel of faculty, staff and students. President Armstrong personally recognizes award recipients for their efforts. For a list of previous award recipients please click here.

Awards will be given in the following categories:

Service Learning - Faculty, staff, or interdisciplinary team that demonstrates an innovative approach to engaging the community through curriculum related service, while simultaneously meeting a community need.

Significant Contribution - Organization or individual that exhibits excellence in identifying a need, creating awareness, providing a new service, or having a lasting impact on a broad community population through their volunteer service.

Greek Community Contribution - Fraternities and sororities who have contributed outstanding volunteer service (aside from philanthropic activities) to the community of San Luis Obispo County.

Outstanding Campus/Community Collaboration - San Luis Obispo community organization that has established a positive reciprocal relationship with Cal Poly which provides Cal Poly students with an opportunity to serve in San Luis Obispo and have a lasting impact on a broad community population through their volunteer service.

Outstanding Community Partner A non-profit or governmental agency currently working with Cal Poly on an ongoing basis that has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the population they serve, and engaged with Cal Poly across several programs and departments.

AmeriCorps Member of the Year An individual currently serving a national year of service through any type of AmeriCorps (VIP, Vista, etc.) or another service-year organization who truly embodies the spirit of service to others, consistently going above and beyond the call of duty.

Nomination Form

Click HERE to download the Nomination Form for the 2020 Cal Poly Community Service Awards. Nominations are due on Monday, May 18 at 5:00 p.m. 

Please submit an attached letter (approximately 200-500 words) that explains the impact and achievements of the individuals or organizations you are nominating for the award to the form. Send your letter and the completed nomination form by email to: serviceinaction@calpoly.edu - Please include nominee name and "Service Awards" in the subject line.

2020 Timeline

May 18



Nominations due



Wednesday, May 20



Selection committee meets to review nominations


Friday, May 22



Nominees notified




May 29


Awards and acknowledgements sent to awardees along with letter of recognition from President Armstrong

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the awards ceremony will not take place for the first time in the 34-year history of the Community Service Awards.  Our hope is to continue this valuable tradition to acknowledge those that serve needs in our community now more than ever.  Each awardee will receive a trophy, a personal letter from President Armstrong, and certificates of commendation from local, state, and federal legislators.

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