Public Service Leadership Awards

The Middlebury College Public Service Leadership Awards honor students' service and leadership in public and community affairs. The PSLAs were inaugurated in 1994 through the support of Patrick Durkin '79. 

2018 marks the 25th Annual Public Service Leadership Awards!

The Center for Community Engagement is hosting a special celebration the evening of April 19th to mark the occasion. 2018 PSLA winners will also be announced at this event.

Questions? Contact Ashley Laux, alaux@middlebury.edu, 802.443.3099.


The Center for Community Engagement awards six Public Service Leadership Awards as well as:
  • The Dana Morosini Reeve ‘84 Memorial Public Service Award, given to the student who best exemplifies Dana’s spirit and determination as she tirelessly and selflessly devoted her life to caring for her husband Christopher Reeve and, through the Christopher Reeve Foundation, to her work as an advocate for all those with spinal cord injuries
  • The John M. McCardell Jr. Public Service Award, given to the student who best exemplifies efforts that bring Middlebury, both the College and the Town, more closely together for a public benefit. In this way, we honor the values to which John had been so strongly committed during his tenure as president and celebrate others who continue the tradition of this very important work
  • The Bonnie McCardell Public Service Award, given to a student for actions in support of youth and who best exemplifies outreach in one of the following areas: (1) youth and family services, (2) literacy, and (3) the special needs that arise during the critical middle and early high school years

May 2018 Awardees

Public Service Leadership Awards

  • Jin Sohn '18
  • Margaret Weber '18
  • Zach Berzolla '18
  • Thi Hoang '20
  • Steve Bissainthe '18
  • Sarah Karerat '18

The John M. McCardell Jr. Public Service Award

Dan Adamek '18

The Bonnie McCardell Public Service Award

Elissa Denunzio ’18

The Dana Morosini Reeve '84 Memorial Public Service Award

Marie Vasitas ’18


2018 Award Winners, President Patton, CCE Director Tiffany Sargeant, CCE Program Director Ashley Laux and special guests including Bonnie McCardell, Will Reeve '14, Heidi Sulis, Cinda Scott '99, and Patrick Durkin '79. Absent: PSLA Recipient Zach Berzolla '18.


Middlebury College News Release highlighting the 2017 Student Leadership Awards Celebration.