Board of Governors Award for Outstanding Community Achievement

The Carleton University Board of Governors Award for Outstanding Community Achievement is an annual award that recognizes the spirit of student volunteerism and substantial community contribution while at Carleton University.

The Award

The award recognizes voluntary involvement and is intended primarily to honour non-academic work. Nominees/applicants must be successfully pursuing a full-time program of study, in a graduating class at Carleton University and be in Good Academic Standing. Preference will be given to all graduate and undergraduate nominees/applicants with an overall CGPA of 7 (B-) or higher, in a graduating class.

Individuals may be nominated for this award by:

  • A member of the external community
  • A member of the faculty/staff
  • A fellow student
  • The student him/herself

A cash award in the amount of $2,000 will be awarded to the recipient.

Nominations and applications for the award shall be considered by a jury convened for that purpose.


Application deadline is March 22, 2024.

Qualification Criteria

The recipient of the award is selected based on the following factors:

  1. The recipient must be expecting to graduate in the academic year 2023/24 (June or Nov. convocation).
  2. Leadership in and substantial contributions to the Carleton University community while balancing the demands of student life.
  3. Academic excellence and potential for future personal and professional growth and achievement.
  4. Exemplary service to Carleton University, fellow students and/or the community-at-large.
  5. A spirit of volunteerism and community service demonstrated through active, unpaid involvement in and contributions to the community, while a student at Carleton University.
  6. A record of exceptional commitment and leadership at Carleton University that inspires others to engage in volunteer service.
  7. The recipient cannot be a current board member.

Board Award Application Form 2024

All nominations/applications must be submitted using the form below no later than 4:30 pm on March 24, 2023.
  • Student Information

  • Accepted file types: pdf.
    A resume, no longer than 2 pages in length, which focuses specifically on volunteer experience.
  • Statement

    A statement of no more than 250 words, written by the nominee, describing how their involvement has made a significant difference to social, environmental or philanthropic aspects of the Carleton University community.
  • References

    Two letters of reference, one of which should be from a supervisor of one of their volunteer activities. Please do not provide any personally identifiable information of other individuals.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Accepted file types: pdf.
  • Privacy Information

    Personal information collected through this form will be used and disclosed by Carleton University under the authority of the Carleton University Act, 1952, and in accordance with sections 39, 41 and 42 of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. The purpose of this processing is to administer the application and nomination process for Board of Governor positions. If you have any questions about the processing of personal information by Carleton University, please contact the Manager, Privacy & Access to Information, by phone at 613-520-2600 ext. 2047 or by e-mail via


Sept. 13, 2023: Advancement and University Relations Committee appoints the jury.

Nov. 28, 2023: Board Office issues a Call for Nominations through various internal and external media.

March 22, 2024: Deadline for receipt of nominations.

April 2023: Jury to review applicants and identify a successful nominee.

April 11, 2024: Advancement and University Relations Committee receives the Jury’s recommendation.

April 30, 2024: Board of Governors receives a report from Advancement and University Relations Committee on the recommended recipient.

June/Nov. 2024: Presentation of Award at Convocation and news feature in Carleton Grad Stories.


For more information regarding the award or the application process, please contact the Amanda Goth, University Secretary, at