President Laurie Patton speaks at a Public Service Leadership Awards event.
President Laurie Patton celebrates that the PSLA recognizes “those among us who are working to address some of the most challenging problems we face today.”

The Patrick J. Durkin, Class of 1979, 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.

2021 Public Service Leadership Awards

The Center for Community Engagement will celebrate the 28th Annual Public Service Leadership Awards on April 28, 2021 from 7:00-8:30 p.m.. At the remote award ceremony, we will honor awardees and they will be able to make a donation to the non-profit of their choice.

2021 Award Nominations are due April 7th. Submit nominations using the nomination form. Feel free to complete more than one nomination. Thank you!

All are welcome to attend the remote Zoom ceremony. To register to attend and get the link for logging into the event, check back here for a registration link coming soon.

Questions? Contact Kailee Brickner-McDonald at or 802-443-3010. 


The Center for Community Engagement awards six student 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
  • The Tiffany Nourse Sargent ‘79 Engaged Partnership Award: Given to honor an educational partnership between Middlebury College and a community organization to address community needs. The partnership honored could be a collaboration that supported academic coursework, research, student organization(s), or another meaningful learning endeavor. 

2020 Awardees

Public Service Leadership Awards

  • Jack Carew ‘20
  • Brian Ketchabaw ‘20
  • Mikayla Hyman ‘20
  • Ariana Rios ‘21
  • Isabella N. Rivera ‘22
  • Leif Taranta ‘20.5
  • Varsha Vijayakumar ‘20

The John M. McCardell Jr. Public Service Award

Sabine Poux ’20

The Bonnie McCardell Public Service Award

Kira Waldman ’20

The Dana Morosini Reeve ‘84 Memorial Public Service Award

Francoise Niyigena ’21

The Tiffany Nourse Sargent ‘79 Engaged Partnership Award

The Wild Middlebury Project and The Hannaford Career Center

See the Middlebury College News Release highlighting the 2020 Student Leadership Awards Celebration. 

Center for Community Engagement
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753
(802) 443-3580