With support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU)'s C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award provides national recognition for the outstanding community-university engagement work of public universities.
The application period for the 2022 APLU Community Engagement Scholarship Award cycle has closed. We encourage interested parties to review the guidelines below to prepare for the 2023 cycle as the prompts will remain.
The national award is named for C. Peter Magrath, APLU president from 1992 to 2005. The Magrath Award is connected to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Regional Awards given by the Engagement Scholarship Consortium (ESC). Both the Magrath Award and the Kellogg Community Engagement Awards recognize universities that have redesigned their learning, discovery, and engagement missions to develop deep and enduring mutually beneficial partnerships with their communities.
The Kellogg Community Engagement Awards are given to the winner of each of four regional competitions. They are presented annually each fall during the ESC Annual Conference in partnership with APLU's Commission on Economic and Community Engagement (CECE). Prior to the ESC Annual Conference, the winners of each of the four regions are selected by a panel of university engagement scholars appointed by the ESC Board of Directors and the CECE Executive Committee. In addition, the panel may select one additional application per region that is identified as an exemplary application for special recognition at the ESC Annual Conference.
Each of the four regional winners of the Kellogg Community Engagement Awards and compete for APLU's national C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award. Each Kellogg Community Engagement Award recipient receives two complimentary registrations for the ESC Annual Conference and $2,500 to support the production of a two-minute video “story” about their partnership and to defray expenses for travel to the ESC Annual Conference. During the ESC Annual Conference, each of the four regional winners receives an award object and certificates to be shared with their community partners. The video is shown at the ESC Annual Conference and is part of the review process for the C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award.
The C. Peter Magrath Community Engagement Scholarship Award is presented in November of each year during the APLU Annual Meeting, North America's largest convening of public university presidents, provosts, vice-presidents, and senior administrators. The award winner is recognized with an award sculpture, a $20,000 prize, and visibility through CECE. At the APLU Annual meeting in November the three regional winners not chosen for the Magrath award each receive a cash prize of $5,000.
See the Engagement Scholarship Consortium WK Kellogg Foundation Awards page for a full listing of regional award winners and their exemplary projects.