Center for Engaged Learning

Awards We Offer

Outstanding community engagement is formally recognized through the following awards:

John A. Lindquist Award  Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership & Community Engagement Presidential Awards for Community Engagement


John Lindquist

The John A. Lindquist Award is given annually to a current Weber State University faculty or staff member who has demonstrated sustained and outstanding commitment to mentoring WSU students in learning through community engagement.  It recognizes university-community partnerships in support of students’ learning and honors John A. Lindquist’s devotion to education and community.

Learning through community engagement is a dynamic and collaborative process wherein students immerse themselves in situational problems of a social, economic, or environmental nature.  They consider possible outcomes and create potential solutions that benefit communities.   As students apply their skills, knowledge, and research to community issues, they, in turn, develop civic leadership.  Frequently, they are models of how an education can improve and sustain the well-being of individuals in their communities.

Award is $8,000 cash (less benefits and withholding taxes).

2020 Lindquist Award Recipients

  • Dr. Forrest Crawford 
  • Dr. Adam Johnston

Wednesday, February 10, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Forrest Crawford "Teaching 'Grit': The Pedagogical Core of Knowing, Caring and Acting"


Tuesday, March 16, 2 - 3 p.m.

Adam Johnston "Accidental Community Engaged Learning for Introverts, Skeptics, and Curmudgeons"



Previous Recipients



The Clark and Christine Ivory Foundation - Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership and Community Engagement (Ivory Prize) encourages and recognizes the extraordinary efforts of Weber State University students who positively impact student success and/or provide leadership in community engagement.

Each year, the recipient of the Ivory Prize for Excellence in Student Leadership and Community Engagement will receive a cash prize of $2,000 (less taxes, etc.) along with up to a $10,000 donation towards the recipient's cause, initiative, and/or team.


We are pleased to announce the recipients of the Ivory Prize for 2021


Lori Cummings
Recent graduate, Lori Cummings, served as intern of the Children’s Adaptive Physical Education Society (CAPES!), a skill development program for children with developmental disabilities such as Autism, Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Visual Impairments, and Cerebral Palsy. In her role, she helped WSU students complete over 1000 community-engagement hours, developed the Parent Meet & Greet, and positively impacted the lives of numerous children and their parents. Lori now works as an Adaptive Physical Educator in the Davis School District, where she continues to serve her students and school community.

Finau Tauteoli
Current student, Finau Tauteoli, serves as president of The Ohana Association, a WSU student organization that strives “to extend, develop, and enhance support systems contributing to the success of all students, with a focused emphasis on the Pacific Islander students.” She and The Ohana Association actively supported activities as volunteers and/or collaborative partners in planning community events such as the Mana 5k, the Pacific Islander High School Conference, The Northern Utah Health Coalition, and Utah Chapter of OCA. Due to her dedication and leadership, Finau successfully launched the now ongoing Pasifika Youth Talk Series for 7th through 12th Pacific Islander students.


Nominations for 2020-2021 are closed

Submit Ivory Prize Nomination


presidential awards

Each year, WSU recognizes the work of outstanding faculty, staff, students, alumni and community partners. Awaredees will be selected for each of the categories below  These recipients will be presented with an award at the Center for Community Engaged Learning Recognition Event on April 15, 2021.  

2021 Presidential Awards for Community Engagement Recipients

  • Community Partner: Pliking Club of Ogden (The Pliking Club of Ogden is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to building clean, healthy and strong communities through promoting the sport of pliking: Picking up Litter while hIKING).
  • Community Engaged Alum: Taylor Knuth (WSU Alumni and Former Employee)

  • Community Engaged Faculty Member: Jo Blake (Assistant Professor of Dance)

  • Community Engaged Staff Member: Amanda Gentry (Coordinator for Community Engagement for the College of Science)

  • Community Engaged Student OR Student Group: Gio Frias (Current Weber State Student)

Previous Recipients