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Alumni Public Service Award


The Alumni Public Service Award (formerly the Alumni Community Service Award) recognizes an alumnus who dedicates personal time and energy towards their community and uses their education and experiences gained at APUS to promote public service causes.

Selection Criteria:

In order to be considered for this award, you should:

  • Provide evidence of regular and sustained service to the community or society as a whole.
  • Contribute to the community/society beyond, or entirely outside, the realm of the nominees’ standard career responsibilities.
  • Display passionate commitment to the above endeavor(s).
  • Demonstrate ethical, commendable behavior in the execution of the above endeavor(s).
  • Accomplish the above during or after their academic tenure at APUS.

Nomination Process:

  • Nominees may be self-nominated, nominated by another graduate, a member of the faculty or staff, or another person outside the university who knows the nominee and the university well.
  • Nominees will be notified of their nomination and encouraged to apply for the award.
  • Award may, but will not necessarily, be awarded annually.

Required Documentation:

All materials are to be submitted in one complete packet to Late or incomplete submissions will not be considered.

  • A cover page including your name, student ID, degree completed, contact information, and graduation date.
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member or supervisor who knows you well. The letter should specifically address how you meet the requirements for the award. You may want to give your recommendation writer a brief summary of the award.
  • An original essay of no more than 1,000 words that outlines why you are an exceptional candidate for the award including concrete examples of how you meet each of the requirements for this award.
    • Answers questions such as: In what ways have you served the community and in what ways has this service carried the spirit of the university? What are the recognized contributions made by you that demonstrate a benefit to the larger community?
  • Evidence that you received state or national recognition for significant achievements in your chosen field.
  • Your current professional resume.
  • Additional information such as news articles, recognition awards, and volunteer service, that supports the nomination are encouraged, but not required.

Contact the Alumni Relations if you questions about collecting supporting documentation during the nomination process.


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