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Community Impact Student Award

Since 2006, the Community Impact Student Awards recognize an outstanding, full-time undergraduate or graduate student service leader from each member campus. The call for nominations starts the first week in September and the nominations are due the first week in October.

Starting in 2019, the award is only presented in-person on even-numbered years during the CSNAP Student Conference. The award is presented in a virtual ceremony during odd-numbered years when we host the Community Change Collegiate Challenge (4C)

 Community Impact Student Award 
“Engagement Matters” Awards Ceremony 

The 2022 CISA winners will be recognized in a virtual awards ceremony on Friday, November 18 at 2:00 p.m.  Student winners do not need to register. All guests must register to receive the Zoom link.


The award may honor an individual for multiple or diverse forms of engagement, including: 

  • volunteer service
  • service-learning
  • policy work
  • community organizing
  • advocacy, internships
  • campus leadership

All award winners should clearly demonstrate:

  • Deep commitment to partnering with others to address community issues
  • Outstanding ability to lead and inspire fellow students to engage
  • Evidence of sustainable impact of their work

Community Impact Award winners are selected by each campus. Any full-time, undergraduate or graduate student at a member campus is eligible.

Selection Process:

1.  Campus chooses Impact Award honoree.
2. Campus faculty or staff member submits student info via the form below.
3. Campus faculty or staff member uploads the Impact Award honoree headshot image on this form or sends it to
4. If you want us to consider your Impact Award honoree for the Barnhill Trailblazer Award, click the box in the form and upload the required Barnhill supporting documents.

2018 UNC system CISA recipients

2021 Community Impact Student Award Recipients

We honored the 15 Community Impact Student Awards during a virtual (Zoom) ceremony on November 5, 2021.

Previous Winners

Click above for the list of all previous winners (2006-present). The document is a spreadsheet with a tab for each year.