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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)

Now Accepting Submissions for 2023 Community Impact Student Award Recipients!

Submissions are due by October 6, 2023.

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 sophomore of junior (4-year schools) or first year students (2-year schools) at a member campus is eligible.

Important Changes for 2023

Beginning in 2023, the Community Impact Student Award may only be awarded to sophomores or juniors (4-year schools) or first year students (2-year schools). Being selected to receive the CISA automatically nominates the student to participate in the 18-month NC Civic Impact Fellowship (requires a Presidential Letter of Approval).

CISA recipients will be honored at the 2023 CSNAP Student Conference on November 4th , 2023.

Selection Process:

1. Campus chooses Impact Award honoree.

2. Campus faculty or staff member requests a Letter of Approval from their institution’s president/chancellor to nominate the student for the NC Civic Impact Fellowship

If the student wants to opt-out of the Fellowship, the nominator may elect to submit the form without the Presidential Letter of Approval.

3. Nominator submits student info via the form below.

5. Campus faculty or staff member uploads the Impact Award honoree headshot image on this form or sends it to

2022 Recipients

The 2022 CISA recipients were honored during a virtual “Engagement Matters” Awards Ceremony on November 18, 2022. View the video to learn about each winner and to hear their thoughts on what they have gained from being civically engagement.

Appalachian State University – Meredith Maiken
Duke University – Kiran Sundar
East Carolina University – Tete Narh-Mensah
Elon University  – Nicole McGinty
Fayetteville State University – Iyana Beachem
High Point University – Glenda Emanuel
NC Central University – Breann Wyman
UNC Asheville – Mars Zappia
UNC Chapel Hill – Alvin Dinh
UNC Charlotte – David Rodriguez
UNC Greensboro – Simone Watkins
UNC Pembroke – Magally Ortiz-Rojas
UNC Wilmington – Deiona Stanley
Warren Wilson College –Kenia Romero
Western Carolina University – Sarah Tisinger

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.