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Engaged Scholarship Prize

Launched in 2020, the Engaged Scholarship Prize was developed by NCCE in partnership with Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr., Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, to grow and promote the scholarship of engagement in North Carolina. Check out this video of Chancellor Gilliam introducing the inaugural prize. 

The prize recognizes one full-time faculty member and one graduate student.  The faculty prize is $1500 and the graduate student prize is $500. The prize is awarded during the annual PACE conference.

  Selection Criteria

  1. The scholarship addresses public issues and might help communities identify resources and assets, explore civic skills, or build civic literacy.
  2. The effort is reciprocal and collaborative; it encourages public participation in the production of the scholarship.
  3. The scholarship helps advance the field of higher education service-learning and community/civic engagement.
  4. The scholarship has been or will be disseminated to the public in print and/or spoken form (ex. academic journal, website, newsletter, recorded presentation, performance, podcast, etc.) and is archived in some way for future generations.
  5. Evidence of sustained scholarship of engagement will improve a candidate’s application.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2024 Engaged Scholarship Prize!

Deadline: December 8, 2023

We will present the 2024 ESPs on February 14, 2024 during the PACE Conference at Guilford College.  In the application you will indicate if you are applying for the graduate student prize or faculty prize.

Questions? Contact Leslie Garvin.



Faculty – Dane Emmerling, UNC-Chapel Hill

Graduate Student – Elana Jaffe, UNC-Chapel Hill


Faculty – Marianne LeGreco, UNC Greensboro

Graduate Student – Jessica Clifford, UNC Greensboro

View the presentation during the 2022 virtual Awards Ceremony 


Suspended due to the COVID pandemic


Faculty – Erin McKenney, NC State University

Graduate Student – Jessica Soldavini, UNC-Chapel Hill