Applications for the annual Civic Engagement Award are available from now until Feb. 7 for any class or student organization related to civic engagement.
The award is sponsored by ISU’s Senior Professionals organization and the American Democracy Project.
“This is a monetary award of up to $1,000,” Coordinator of Senior Professionals Laura Kowalczyk said.
“The award goes toward a project that must be completed by May 30.”
The application must include an overview of the project, its benefits to the community and a financial breakdown. There must also be a signature of the course instructor or organization staff advisor.
Kowalczyk said that the award usually goes to one group but is sometimes divided among a few groups depending on the judging committee’s decision.
Past projects include “We Can Play Music Too,” which was a free concert for kids with autism and developmental delays. It was organized by ISU’s School of Music in 2012 and allowed the kids to become interactive during the performance. Each child also received an instrument to take home.
Last year’s winners did a project called “Transformers” aimed toward combating bullying. The project taught children things like problem-solving and emotional skills in order to prevent peer rejection and antisocial behavior.
The award program dates back as early as 2006, but this is only the third year that Senior Professionals partnered with American Democracy Project.
“We both had the same mission, which was civic engagement, so it was a perfect match,” Kowalczyk said.
Many organizations have goals and ways they want to help the community but do not have the funds. Senior Professionals and American Democracy Project are providing that assistance so those visions can become a reality.
“I know all organizations need money in order to operate and with this additional assistance they are able to enhance their projects and make great use of this award,” Kowalczyk said.