hands of many skin colors with hearts in the palms

In an effort to recognize the fantastic volunteer work of students, staff, and the community, the Bodwell center presents several awards annually.

The Servant Heart Scholarship Fund (Application released in March with an April deadline)

This scholarship fund is made possible by an anonymous gift to benefit students who are committed to community service and volunteer outreach.  The Servant Heart Scholarship is offered as an expression of the donors’ Christian faith.  The scholarship fund is intended to benefit students who connect public service with their academic work and who apply practical solutions to real world problems.  Applying students must exhibit their devotion to community service by having been recently involved in an outreach project. The 2021 scholarship program included 4 scholarships of $2,750 each.

2021 Recipients:

Vincent Scott, Junior, Ecology and Environmental Science
Dominique DiSpirito, Junior, Political Science, Honors College
Jordon Gregory, Junior, Chemical Engineering
Gabrielle Sands, Senior, Business Administration/Marketing and Psychology, Honors College

 Campus CompactMaine Campus Compact Award Program

> Donald Harward Faculty Award for Service-Learning Excellence
> Heart and Soul Student Award
> Community Health Hero Student Award, in response to the current COVID-19 crisis
> Community Partner of the Year Award
> Corporate Partner of the Year Award

Nomination information is released in January each year.


In 2021, Dominique DiSpirito and Bailey West were chosen to receive Heart and Soul Student Awards.

Maine Campus Compact selects six undergraduate students in Maine who have been actively involved in turning their campuses and communities into places of democracy to receive this award. These students have raised their voices on issues of local and global importance through civic engagement efforts. Recipients have a wide variety of experiences in service, service-learning, activism, or political involvement. They also demonstrate leadership through their successful involvement of others in their innovative approaches to social, educational, environmental, health, economic and/or legal issues facing their communities.

The virtual Awards Ceremony is available to watch here:

The Bodwell Center Award Program

The Community Partner Award recognizes a business, individual, or community agency that has contributed significantly to a University of Maine student service project for at least one year. The contribution could be in the form of extensive funds or other resources and materials needed for service projects. Their contribution may also be in the form of interaction that encourages students’ involvement and responsibility in community service.

The Dean Lucy Award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has gone out of his/her way in service to the University of Maine community and surrounding area. This recipient should also encourage and support student community service of their students.

The Black Bear Volunteer Award recognizes a student (graduate or undergraduate) that has made significant contributions demonstrating extraordinary commitment in their service activities which enhance the University of Maine and its surround community.

The Active Citizenship Award recognizes a student or student group/organization who has dedicated many hours to volunteering, community service projects, or service to the University of Maine.
Criteria for this award include:

  • Individual – Enrolled full-time at UMaine, Group – recognized student organization,
  • Involved in community service and participates as a volunteer in a variety of community service projects and events,
  • Helps connect the UMaine campus to the off-campus community by involving others in community service,
  • Evidence of leadership and ongoing commitment to service, and;
  • Demonstrates dependable, and enthusiastic qualities, and is of good moral character.