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 ’79 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.

The 2023 Public Service Leadership Awards will be presented on April 26, 2023.

Nominate a student, faculty member, alum, or community partnership for a Public Service Leadership Award here. The deadline is March 31, 2023.

Did you miss last year’s PSLAs? Watch the recording here and read the Newsroom article here!

The PSLA award ceremony is held every spring semester to recognize individuals and partnerships for their service with communities and contributions to the public good. Honored awardees are invited to make a donation to a non-profit of their choice. We follow current campus Covid guidelines at the in-person event, which at this time includes optional masking; there will also be a livestream of the event for remote viewing.

Student and Partnership Awards

The Center for Community Engagement awards six general PSLAs to student leaders, in addition to four named awards:

  • The Dana Morosini Reeve ‘84, P’14 Endowed 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.

Faculty Award (new in 2023)

  • The Award for Community Engaged Teaching and Scholarship recognizes and rewards a Middlebury College faculty member of any rank in any field or discipline for high quality work integrating community engagement into their teaching and/or research. The award recipient demonstrates a record of successful teaching and/or research that is carried out through long-term, collaborative community-engaged partnerships that address a community-identified need or priority. The co-production of knowledge through these partnerships results in a public value and/or scholarly impacts in the field(s) of inquiry.

Alumni Award (new in 2023)

  • The CCE will award The Public Service Leadership Alumni Award to a Middlebury College graduate who demonstrates a dedication to the common good through significant collaborative contributions in public service and leadership. Alumni are invited to nominate themselves (or others) for the honor.

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

2022 Awardees

Public Service Leadership Awards

  • Emily Bulczynski ‘22
  • Amanda Coccia ‘22
  • Emily Hyer ‘23
  • Cassie Kearney ‘22
  • Grace Kirkpatrick ‘22
  • Shivapriya Nair ‘25
  • Andrés Oyaga ‘23
  • Emma Pagni ‘23.5
  • Linh Tran ‘22
  • Nicholas Wagg ‘22
  • Emma White ‘22
  • Rostyk Yarovyk ‘25
  • Indira Yuldasheva ‘22

The John M. McCardell Jr. Public Service Award

  • Luke Robins ‘23

The Bonnie McCardell Public Service Award

  • Madeline McKean ‘22

The Dana Morosini Reeve ‘84 Memorial Public Service Award

  • Kevin Mata ‘22

The Tiffany Nourse Sargent ‘79 Engaged Partnership Award

  • Middlebury Regional Emergency and Medical Services (MREMS) and Middlebury College

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