Eligible teams can include community partners, staff, volunteers, and faculty of NC State University colleges and its extension, engagement, and economic development units. The qualifying characteristics to be considered in the nomination process are listed below.

Qualifying Characteristics


The characteristics listed below should be woven into a continuous narrative that describes the success of the engagement program. Tell the story of your engagement program success keeping these characteristics in mind.

  • Engagement. Describe how the team of primary leaders implemented the Kellogg Commission Engagement Seven Part Test in planning, implementation, and continuous improvement of the program.
  • Empowerment and Teamwork. Describe how you implemented (democratic) strategies that empowered team members, created inclusion, recognized contributions of partners, and negotiated democratically to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes. Describe how resource partnerships developed to support program sustainability and effectively address the issue or problem until resolved.
  • Outcomes and Impact. Describe accomplishments that were beneficial, valued by the community, and that informed engagement academically (scholarly articles, presentations, and poster sessions).

Submission Guidelines and Evaluation Criteria


The narrative for the award application should illustrate with documentation that the team of primary leaders for the project model the Kellogg Commission Seven Part Test of Engagement in planning, implementation, and continuous improvement. These guiding characteristics include:

  • Responsiveness
  • Respect for Partners
  • Academic neutrality
  • Accessibility
  • Integration
  • Coordination
  • Resource partnerships

Submissions: Submission may be made by those who observed the program or by the team who implemented the program. All documentation must be double-spaced, in 12-point font.

The application packet should follow the following outline:

Cover Page (1 page): Identify the project title, name of the principal contact person, address, phone number, email address, dates of the project, and listing the project partner units or entities.

Abstract (1 page): Summarize the program, partners, duration, and the significance to the university and the community. It should be a concise description that can be used on the award website, and in the awards program.

Narrative (up to 6 pages): Tell the story of your project and include the details of the people, partner entities, project duration, partnership relationships, and impacts and significance. Use the characteristics above as guide.

Appendix (up to 4 pages): This should include a summary listing of documentation to outline the impact of the project. This could include summaries of evaluations, news releases, citations of publications, and website addresses. A letter of endorsement from a community partner or consortium of partners must be included.

Application Submission

The completed application in Word (.doc or .docx) must be emailed by March 1, 2017 to omgesaward@gmail.com.