Duke Civic Engagement administers several awards to recognize members of the Duke community who have displayed a deep commitment to community engagement. Learn more about each of the following awards below.
- Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Award– nominations currently open
- Duke Employee Community Service Award– nominations currently open
- Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award– nominations currently open
Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Award
The Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Award recognizes a rising sophomore, junior, or senior at Duke who has made a difference in the work of a local school or nonprofit organization. Award recipients receive $14,000 toward their tuition for the following academic year. To be considered, undergraduates must have exhibited a strong dedication to service while at Duke and must be nominated by a member of the faculty or staff, a fellow student, or a representative of a Durham non-profit or public school.
The annual award was established in 1989 as a way to honor the life and values of Lars Lyon, a Duke undergraduate student who passed away at the age of 21 after a battle with cancer. Lyon is remembered for his generous spirit, as he spent his time at Duke volunteering with multiple service organizations, such as Circle K International, Ronald McDonald House, and Play Units for the Severely Handicapped (PUSH).
Nominations for the Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Award are being accepted through March 12, 2021.
Congratulations to Victoria Bevard, the 2020 Lars Lyon Volunteer Service Award recipient! Read more here.
Read the reflections of past Lars Lyon Award recipients:
Duke Employee Community Service Award
The Duke Employee Community Service Award recognizes a Duke employee who has performed truly outstanding volunteer service in the Durham community. In honor of the recipient, a $200 donation will be made to the school or nonprofit where the recipient volunteers. Nominations may be made by fellow Duke employees or by representatives of local non-profits or public schools.
Nominations for the Duke Employee Community Service Award are being accepted through March 12, 2021.
Congratulations to Chris Hendricks, the 2020 Duke Employee Community Service Award recipient! Read more here.
Campus Compact Community Impact Student Award
The North Carolina Campus Compact Community Impact Student Award recognizes one outstanding, full-time undergraduate or graduate student service leader from each Campus Compact member campus. Impact Award recipients should demonstrate commitment to partnering with others to address community issues, ability to lead and inspire fellow students, and sustainable impact in their area of work. Each member campus selects its own CISA recipient, who is then recognized by the Compact. The award is only presented on even-numbered years.
Congratulations to Alejandra Gómez, the 2020 Community Impact Award recipient! Read more here.
Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award, presented by the Office of the Provost, recognizes one graduating senior and one member of the faculty, staff, or graduate student body of Duke University or Duke Health for their outstanding commitment to service. Learn more about the award here.
Nominations for the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award are being accepted through March 2, 2021.