Awards, Grants, and Recognitions
City and Community Engagement offers grants and awards throughout the year to campus and community organizations to support collaborations, partnerships, and leadership. We celebrate the honorees as well as other colleagues and partners who have earned important recognitions for their work.
Community Grants are available to local community organizations, nonprofits, or schools that engage or partner with Northeastern students, faculty, and/or staff in select in CCE programs. The goal is to fund programs and events that benefit our neighborhoods and build a strong relationship between Northeastern and the surrounding community.
To be eligible to apply for this grant, you must be a Boston-area based community organization, nonprofit, or school that has engaged with Northeastern University students, staff, or faculty in one of these CCE programs over the past five years: service-learning courses, NU|ACES, Community Volunteers Program, Northeastern Service Day, or Jumpstart.
In light of the COVID-19 outbreak, this past spring CCE adapted the purpose and scope of the Community Service Grants initiative to respond to the emerging challenges affecting organizations and the communities surrounding Northeastern’s Boston Campus. Applicants were asked to describe how the university’s transition to online learning impacted their access to Northeastern human capital and physical space and thus the organization’s ability to deliver programs and services. Applicants were also asked to demonstrate how the grant funds would be used to respond to this loss.
In total the Community Service Grants awarded $20,905 of direct funding to our partners as they continue to support their communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about the 2020 Community Grant process here.
2020 Community Grant Recipients
- 826 Boston
- Apprentice Learning
- Artists for Humanity
- Boston Housing Authority
- Boston Partners in Education
- Bryce’s Journey
- Catholic Charities - St. Ambrose Family Shelter
- Community Servings
- Cradles to Crayons
- Friends of the Hernandez
- Huntington YMCA
- Hyde Square Task Force
- Let’s Get Ready
- Madison Park Community Development Corporation
- Mujeres Unidas Avanzando
- National Braille Press
- Round Table
- Sherrill House
- St. Stephen's Youth Programs
- Little Brothers/Friends of the Elderly
- X-Cel Education
- Boston Self Help Center/Boston Brakers
- United South End Settlements
- Friends of the Rafael Hernández School, Inc.
- Let’s Get Ready
- Emmanuel Gospel Center
- Freedom House
- Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center, Inc.
- Castle Square Tenants Organization
- Catholic Charities
Community Engagement Award
This award recognizes exceptional partnerships involving students, neighborhood organizations, and/or residents, faculty, and staff from the campus and community. It honors individuals or groups that are committed to creating reciprocal partnerships that are mutually respectful, socially and ethically responsive, strategic, and purposeful.
To nominate a partnership that includes any of the groups listed above, explain in the nomination form (1) how the partnership has enhanced the campus or community, (2) how the partnership is representative of any or all of the following: commitment to creating a reciprocal relationship that is mutually respectful, socially and ethically responsive, strategic, and/or purposeful, and (3) how the partnership has focused on working toward creating a just, equitable, and sustainable future. Nominations are reviewed by a committee of Northeastern students and staff members.
Community Engagement Awards have been paused for 2020.
- Andrew Horowitz, Northeastern student
- BalletRox, Northeastern community partner
- Robert Kordenbrock, Northeastern community partner
- Haley House, Northeastern community partner
- Engineers Without Borders, Northeastern student group
- Northeastern Marine Science Center Outreach Department
- Lucy Bunning, Assistant Teaching Professor, Northeastern College of Professional Studies
- Maria Isabel Morel, Northeastern student
- Cecilia Akuffo, Northeastern staff member
- Northeastern University Graduate Students of Color Collective, Northeastern student group
- Brent Henry, community resident
- Circle K, Northeastern student group
- Jonathan Kong, Northeastern student
- Afro Flow Yoga, community partner
- Paola Canino Zayas, Northeastern student
- Girls Inc. of Lynn, community partner
- PT5161 Psychosocial Aspects of Healthcare Seminar, Northeastern Course
- BAMs Fest, Community Partner
- Elaine Hall-Corbin, Community Resident
- Community Servings, Community Partner
Community Service Leadership Award
This award recognizes Northeastern graduating seniors who have made lasting contributions to the Office of City and Community Engagement, university campus, and local communities over multiple years. The 2020 award recipients were recognized at the virtual Student Life Awards in April in partnership with the Center for Student Involvement.
Nominations are collected by CCE staff and community partner organizations where students have served.
- Abigail Cahill, Jumpstart
- Alec Newell, Boston Scores
- Amanda Tompkins, Community-Engaged Teaching and Research
- Asta MacKie, Community-Engaged Teaching and Research
- Ben Sanders, Community-Engaged Teaching and Research
- Daniel Ostberg, SquashBusters
- Dante Del Priore, Community-Engaged Teaching and Research
- Elisa Figueras, Alternative Spring Break
- Erykah Gomes, Community-Engaged Teaching and Research
- Grace Tanguilig, BCYF - Family Gym
- Jacqueline Addona, NU|ACES
- Jamie McGloin, NU|ACES
- Jean Paul Torre, The DREAM Program
- Jillian Connolly, Alternative Spring Break
- Kevin Hassenfratz, 826 Boston
- Lauren Silva, Community-Engaged Teaching and Research
- Madeleine Hahn-Smith, NU|ACES
- Makaila Cerrone, NU|ACES
- Michael Tormey, Alternative Spring Break
- Nancy Ho, Community-Engaged Teaching and Research
- Rodford Ripert, Orchard Gardens Boys & Girls Club
- Tyler Nicholson, Community-Engaged Teaching and Research
- Zoe Karavolis, Alternative Spring Break
- Adrian Forrest, NU|ACES and Civic Engagement Program
- Chelsea Lauder, Service-Learning Program
- Christopher Scianna, Timothy Smith Network and Citizen Schools
- Colin Maher, The DREAM Program
- Craig Parker, Jumpstart
- Emily Breen, Service-Learning Program
- Karnee Berejiklian, Massachusetts Promise Fellowship
- Katie LaScaleia, Massachusetts Promise Fellowship
- Kelsie O’Flanagan, Service-Learning Program
- Marija Inesa Luneckaite, Sherrill House
- Marisa Thomassie, NU|ACES and Civic Engagement Program
- Michele Kinama, Jumpstart
- Naomi Mayman, NU|ACES and Civic Engagement Program
- Rebecca Bagley, St. Francis House
- Ruthanne Bandy, Service-Learning Program
- Shelby Fundin, Alternative Spring Break
- Victoria Barranco, NU|ACES and Civic Engagement Program
- Camila Aponte
- Amy Bui
- Nolan Currie
- Tavish Fenbert
- Hannah Lee Flath
- Harumi Harakawa
- Caroline Hwang
- Laura Krause
- Cassandra Moreno
- Kristen Lobo
- Tashila Pierre-Peter
- Michelle Reichman
- Sara Rodas
- Alexis Stefano
- Marissa Watkins
- Liza Ashley
- Chelsea Elder
- Katie Elliot
- Caroline Fried
- Suzie Kim
- Chrissy Beluk
- Dan McKenna
- Amy Stahl
- Brooke Hoger
- Hannah Kilfoye
- Kayla Scholl
- Jessica VandenBoom
- Kathleen Collins
- Sydney Palinkas
- Michelle Adler
- Eileen Rice
- Kayla Cormier
- Jennifer Glynn
- Bianca Smith
- Cindy Gonzalez
- Kaitlin Ostrander
- Michael Grant
- Brittany Manley
- Caitlin McDermott
- Julie Miller
- Emma Bloomfield
- Lindsey Kaminski
- Amanda Parker
- Peter Sauro
- Alicia Skibinski
- Alex Alvanos
- Caitlyn Keckeissen
- Christina Lavorna
- Chelsey Mitchell
- Danielle Eustice
- Sara Kearns
- Lisa Paquette
- Rachel White
Service-Learning Course-Community Collaboration Award
This award celebrates excellence in the Service-Learning Program at Northeastern. It honors individuals or groups who went above and beyond their prescribed roles to contribute to a meaningful partnership that benefits the community while enhancing student learning and/or faculty scholarship.
Each year, the Service-Learning Program asks our network to nominate any collaboration of students, faculty, or community partners for this award. The award was paused in 2019–2020 while we reimagine how to celebrate and honor exceptional partnerships.
2018 - 2019 honorees
- Mary Steffel, Assistant Professor of Marketing
- Jess Lynch-Foust, Service-Learning Teaching Assistant
- Jennifer Licht and Angela Phinney, Bikes Not Bombs
- Nicole Aljoe, Associate Professor of English and African American Studies
- Amanda Tompkins, Service-Learning Teaching Assistant
- Sue Freeman, Teaching Professor of Engineering
- Adreenne Law, Timothy Smith Network
- Danielle Dottor, Northeastern student
- Nominated by Rachel Kirk, Hyde Square Task Force
- Software Development Team - students Jack Burns, Stefan Cepko, Brian Cox, Zach Gawlick, Xiangyu Li, Joseph Maxwell, Tevin Otiento, Anu Singh
- Nominated by Sheyla Carew, Boston Housing Authority’s Volunteer Interpreter Program
- Macey Miller, Northeastern student
- Nominated by Valerie Maio and Carol Knox, BalletRox
- Helen Schroeder, United South End Settlements
- Nominated by Katie Elliot and Anna Berkowitz, Northeastern students, and Emily Mann, Northeastern faculty member
- Mark Robertson, Yawkey Boys & Girls Club of Roxbury
- Nominated by Gail Begley, Northeastern faculty member
The Red Wagon Award
This recognizes an individual who embodies the mission of the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship and supports the development of emerging leaders.
Anyone in the MPF network can nominate an individual.
As a result of Pass the Wagon 2020 being cancelled due to COVID-19, a Red Wagon Awardee was not named this year.
MPF Fellow Supervisor at Youth Enrichment Services
- 2018: Amanda Trask, MPF Fellow Supervisor at Old Colony YMCA of Brockton
- 2017: Liz Steinhauser
- 2016: Daisy Ortega
- 2015: Eli Pimentel
- 2014: Linda Balzotti
- 2013: Kori Redepenning
- 2012: Nancy Luc
- 2011: Angela Caggianelli
The Suit Awards recognize students in NU|ACES who have demonstrated exceptional service. Like the suits of a card deck, there are four types of Suit Awards. The highest honor is the Ace of Spades: Global Citizen Award, which is reserved for students who have dedicated time throughout their college careers to becoming more engaged citizens and community members.
The criteria for each Suit Award can be found here. To be considered, NU|ACES students must submit an application. Honorees are invited to the Suit Awards dinner at the end of the academic year.
The highest honor in the program is the Ace of Spades: Global Citizen Award, for students who have dedicated time each year throughout their college careers to becoming more engaged citizens and community members locally, nationally, and abroad. 2020 was the first year that students were eligible for the Ace of Spades.
- Umin Jalloh
- Mahir Kabir
- Elaine Klatt
- Justin Mudryk
- Gisselle Rodriguez Benitez
- Kaitlin Toal
City and Community Engagement and associated staff, faculty members, and students have received the following recognitions from our campus and community partners.
Becca Berkey, Director of Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, became chair of the board for the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement (IARSLCE)
Chelsea Lauder, Community-Engaged Teaching and Research Program Associate, joined the inaugural board of Buenda Onda.
Alanna Fusco, Marketing and Communication Manager, joined the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship advisory board.
- Tim Krumreig, Assistant Director of Community Service Programs, was selected by the IMPACT Board of Directors to co-lead the national conference planning committee for the 2021 and 2022 conferences.
- NU|ACES was recognized at the National Braille Press Virtual Annual Meeting as their Volunteer Group Award Recipient.
- Becca Berkey, Director of Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, was named co-chair of the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement board.
- 826 Boston recognized First-Year Writing service-learning students Jack Nedell and Yassmeen Youssef with the December 2018 Top Research recognition.
- ABCD recognized NU|ACES at their annual Volunteer Appreciation event, including a presentation by guest speaker Mark Este, Assistant Director of Civic Engagement Programs.
- SquashBusters recognized the Center of Community Service with its 2018 Community Partner Award.
- Upham’s Corner Main Streets named Northeastern University and the Center of Community Service as Partner of the Year.
- St. Ambrose Family Shelter named the Center of Community Service the Volunteer of the Year for 2017.
- Becca Berkey, Director of Service-Learning, was elected to the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement board.
- Boston Debate League recognized the Service-Learning Program with the New Partnership of the Year Award.
- Lisa Roe, Assistant Director of Service-Learning, received the Gratitude Award from Northeastern’s LGBTQA Resource Center after being nominated by graduate practicum student Meagan Heart.
- Daily Table recognized the Civic Engagement Program as a Key Volunteer Group for 2017.
- Service-Learning faculty member Susan Freeman from the College of Engineering received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston.