Silver Paw Award

The Silver Paw Award is a recognition program sponsored by the ASUN Center for Student Engagement. The goal of the award program is to recognize students who embody the ideals and spirit of an engaged student. Winners are students or groups of students who have made exemplary contributions to their community in civic engagement work. "Civic Engagement means working to make a difference in the civic life of our communities and developing the combination of knowledge, skills, values and motivation to make that difference. It means promoting the quality of life in a community, through both political and non-political processes." (Ehrlich, 2000, vi).

Civic engagement can take many forms, which are outlined in the Student Engagement Model (Center for Student Engagement, 2015).

Student Engagement fosters the development of student's civic responsibility, responsible citizenship, leadership and personal growth. Recipients of The Silver Paw Award will exhibit this spirit. This award will celebrate student leaders whose contributions deserve the campus community's appreciation. 

Recipients of The Silver Paw Award will be chosen every month during the academic year.  The student or group of students will receive a personalized certificate at an annual awards ceremony and will be recognized with a public profile in our electronic communications.

To nominate a student or a group of students for this award, follow the link below to the nomination form. Professors, advisers, community members, and students are encouraged to nominate whoever they feel would be a good candidate for this award.  Students are also encouraged to self-nominate.

New in 2017, ASUN and the Center for Student Engagement will be issuing the new Richard & Bonnie Bryan Family Public Service Award. This is a $1,000 award and will be issued in April to one undergraduate Silver Paw Winner from the 2017-18 academic year.

Silver Paw Award Nomination Form