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; 1) an emerging service or community leader entering their 2nd or 3rd year; and 2) 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 achievement of the award. The upperclass winner will be recognized at the University Recognition Ceremony in the Spring Semester subsequent to the term in which they applied.

Awards Amount

  • $2,000 for each awardee selected. The award can be applied to one semester or spread out over consecutive Fall and Spring 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.
  • One award will be given to a student leader in service entering their 4th or final year.

Application Process

The application includes:

  1. Essay: Write an essay, no more than 1,000 words responding to one of the following prompts (indicate which prompt):
    • What does volunteering or giving back mean to you?
    • How has your service helped you develop as a leader?
    • Describe the role the civic engagement has played in your education.
    • How can you inspire others to serve?
  2. A current resume, including your year of study and/or expected graduation year.
  3. Copy of Fall 2018 Grades with overall university GPA.
    • If you were not enrolled in classes in the fall, please substitute your most recent semesters' grades.
    • Unofficial transcripts are acceptable. Official transcripts are not required
  4. Please also have one letter of recommendation sent directly to the Center for Community Engagement. 
    • The letter can be submitted via email to directly from he recommender or mailed in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature over the seal to:

Center for Community Engagement
PO Box 210138
Cincinnati, OH 45221-0138

Application materials can also be dropped off in person to the Center for Community Engagement at 2639 Clifton Ave., Stratford Heights Building 19, 45221. Only the materials submitted above will be reviewed by the scholarship panel.

Applications for the 2018 - 2019 award will be accepted starting February 27, 2019 - May 3, 2019 at midnight.

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


2018 Winners

Headshot of Rickey Terrel

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."

Headshot of Caroline Lembright

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.