Rockhurst University is an official certifying organization for the President’s Volunteer Service Award. The awards are for students who participate regularly in voluntary community service or service-learning and contribute positively to the community beyond campus boundaries through service.

To be considered for the award, students need to participate in the Service Transcript program by regularly submitting their community service and service-learning hours to the Center for Service Learning. The Center for Service Learning is available to help students connect with volunteer service opportunities that are of interest to them and meet award qualifications. Students receiving the President’s Volunteer Service Award can highlight their achievement on résumés and applications to graduate school.

Award categories

This program recognizes individuals and groups that achieve a certain number of service hours over the course of a 12-month period at bronze (100-174 hours), silver (175-249 hours) and gold (250 or more hours) award levels.

Award guidelines are:

  • Service activities should meet national and community needs in the areas of youth achievement, parks and open spaces, healthy communities and public safety and emergency response
  • Activities must be unpaid and may not include any Rockhurst-related service (i.e., Rockview, Rockstock, Student Ambassadors, ushering at Rockhurst plays, research for classes, etc.), or court-ordered community service
  • For groups, each member contributing to the total number of hours must have served 25 hours or more (hours must be listed on the group’s service spreadsheet by semester’s end)