Awards & Scholarships

The Center for Community Engagement is pleased to offer the Annie Fitzgerald Award to students who demonstrate excellence in service and leadership!

Annie Fitzgerald Award for leadership and service

The Annie Fitzgerald Award for Leadership and Service is awarded each year to University of Cincinnati undergraduate students who have shown leadership and possess a passion for service. Students who apply for the award must be actively participating in some form of community engagement and/or service to qualify for this award.

Two winners will be selected, one in each of the following categories:

  1. Rising Star award
    An emerging service or community leader entering their 2nd or 3rd year; and

  2. Achievement award
    A student who shows commitment to leadership and service focused on a particular project, area, community partner, group or issue entering their 4th or final academic year.

Winners may be called upon to represent themselves and the university's culture of service at various points throughout the academic year following the semester during which the award is conferred.

Awards Amount

  • $2,000 for each awardee selected. The award can be applied to one semester or spread out over consecutive semesters.

Student Requirements/Eligibility

  • Enrolled at the University of Cincinnati (full-time)
  • Undergraduate only
  • 3.0 minimum GPA
  • All majors are encouraged to apply
  • Previous winners not eligible
  • One award will be given to an emerging student leader in service entering their 2nd or 3rd year (Rising Star award).
  • One award will be given to a student leader in service entering their 4th or final year (Achievement award).

Application Process

The application is to be submitted via CampusLINK along with a letter of recommendation that can be emailed, dropped off, or mailed. The applicaiton includes:

  • First and last name.
  • Indication of which award you are applying for (Rising Star or Achievement award). 
    • The Rising Star award goes to  a student who will be entering their 2nd or 3rd year. The Achievement award goes to a student who will be entering their 4th or final year.
  • Year of study and expected graduation year.
    • In the format Year, Graduation semester (e.g. 2nd year, Spring 2024)
  • A current resume in PDF format.
  • An essay of no more than 1,000 words responding to the following prompt:
    • Annie Fitzgerald once said," I am committed to making the world a better place, whether it's giving someone a meal, clothes to stay warm, a roof over their heads, a better education or a sustainable environment." How are you committed to making the world a better place? How have you grown as a leader through service? And what does Annie's quote mean to you?
  • A screenshot or downloaded file showing the previous Fall semester's grades and overall university GPA.
    • If you were not enrolled in classes in the previous Fall semester, please substitute your most recent semester's grades.
    • Unofficial transcript (screenshot or download from Catalyst) is acceptable. Official transcripts are not expected.
  • Upload a letter of recommendation through the CampusLINK application form
    • The letter should be from a representative of a community partner, organization or agency where you have volunteered or a person of your choosing.

Applications for the 2020 - 2021 award will now be accepted starting March 9, 2021 - April 9, 2021 at 11:59pm.

Best Practices

  • Indicate which award (Rising Star or Achievement Award) you are applying for on your essay.
  • In your essay, include specific examples of service you performed, who or what benefited or changed as a result of your service, what impact you made, and the impact the experience had on you. Do so in a way that is not a laundry list of tasks, but tells a story of your experience.
  • Do not frame essay strictly from a deficit view; it is important to recognize and acknowledge possible differences between yourself and the community you are serving, but do so in a way that is respectful of that population.
  • Letters of recommendation from a community agency representatives or members outside of the university community are preferred to recommendations from individuals within the university.
  • Encourage your recommenders to read the award description and tailor their letter towards your service, character, and commitment.

Questions or comments regarding the scholarship? Contact the Center for Community Engagement (, 513-556-1559).


Apply via CampusLINK (

You will need to be logged in to CampusLINK in order to submit your application.

2021 Winners

Headshot of Daniel Posmik

Daniel Posmik

4th Year, Business Economics

Achievement Award

Hometown: Munich, Germany

" For me, making the world a better place means promoting that thought as an activist. It means telling the story of inequality by recognizing the intersectionality of identities and their respective struggles."

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Adam Elzarka

3rd Year, Medical Sciences

Rising Star Award

Hometown: Mason, Ohio

" Through my involvement, I have not only been able to learn and build relationships with students who come from different backgrounds, but also experience challenges that I have never faced before.."

2020 Winners

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Gerald Crosby

4th Year, Interdisciplinary Studies

Achievement Award

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

" All these experiences have changed my perspective about service. I became a leader and a voice for my community. I have learned a lot about myself and the biggest lesson that I learned was that everyone has something to offer the world."

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Maria Bobrowski-Artola

3rd Year, Public Health & Policy

Rising Star Award

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

"The makeup of my identity as a Mexican immigrant as well as analyzing my privilege has inspired a perspective that allows me to navigate advocacy and service for meaningful social change."

2019 Winners

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Ellena Privitera

4th Year, Medical Sciences

Hometown: Cincinnati, OH

"My service showed me how inadequacies in our healthcare and social service agencies let people 'fall through the cracks.' I now see myself as a system-breaker, hoping to use my career in healthcare to engage professionals with their communities."

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Rishi Mehta

2nd Year, Medical Sciences

Hometown: Mason, OH

"It is through a combination of service and unexpected leadership opportunities that I have come to learn about my leadership style, which is referred to as 'servant leadership.'”

2018 Winners

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Rickey Terrel

5th year, Chemical Engineering

Hometown: Mason, OH

"In the Spring of 2015 I began developing the Hughes High School Science Fair Program. I wanted to create an opportunity for high school students to both explore their scientific interests and create meaningful relationships with STEM majors at UC."

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Caroline Lembright

3rd year, Political Science and International Affairs

Hometown: Fort Thomas, KY

"My volunteer work changed the trajectory of my college career. In the classroom I learn the ways systems of government function; however, it is through my volunteer work that I see how these systems shape the lives of everyday people."

Scholarships that Require Community Service

Scholarships granted by the Scholarship and New Student Financial Aid Center often require community service hours. Learn more about scholarship requirements by visiting the financial aid website.