Student Awards and Funding

The CEC strives to support students throughout their community engagement journey. We provide community-based awards and financial support for work done inside and outside the classroom. We offer reimbursements for clearance related costs (LiveScan/Fingerprinting, TB testing) as well as transportation and conference related costs. We also offer students the chance to enchance their community engagement experience through trainings, workshops and debriefs each semester.

Awards and Fellowships

Below is a list of the student awards that the CEC has to offer. If you have any questions related to these awards, please message our Operations Manager, Jackie Contreras for more details.

The Margo Okazawa-Rey Summer Fellowship: Application

Application Due date: May 3rd, 2021
Email to:

The Pitzer Community Engagement Center (CEC) in collaboration with the Intercollegiate Department of Asian American Studies (IDAAS) at the Claremont Colleges supports the Margo Okazawa-Rey Summer Fellowship to encourage outstanding college students to implement community-based, creative, or research projects that integrate social justice, multi-racial solidarity, and feminism with an emphasis in Asian American Studies.

Kallick Community Service Award: Application


Fall Application Deadline: EXTENDED Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
Spring Application Deadline:
Wednesday, March 23rd, 2021

The CEC would like to invite you to apply for the Kallick Community Service Award available each semester. This award is open to all students who have completed 100+ hours of community engagement work over the course of the current academic year. Don’t forget, you can combine your project hours!

Eligible applicants for this award must:

  • Have completed 100 (or more) verified personal community service hours during the academic year you are applying for, summer included.
  • You my combine hours from multiple partner/internship sites.
  • You must provide a project narrative (description/quantified data).
  • Answer all required questions on this application, including the 4,000 character (not word) project description.
  • Provide a Letter of Recommendation from a faculty member or community partner, to be sent to Jackie Contreras

Social Responsibility Thesis Award (SRT): Application


Application Open: Monday, November 1st, 2021
Application Deadline: Monday, December 6th, 2021

This award is designed to support Pitzer students who will be completed a senior thesis or project during the 2022 spring semester. Funding is awarded to students who complete a senior thesis or project relating to a social responsibility or community engagement theme.

Example: An Environmental Analysis student might study the air pollution impacts in the Inland Empire region and its connection to the worker’s rights organizations efforts to provide livable and workable conditions for the local community. Information and findings on this study will be used to support student learning and the overall goals of the community it serves.

Eligible applicants for this award must:

  • Please complete the application linked above for consideration
  • Prepare a two page essay that incorpates the following points:
    • Title of Thesis
    • Project Description
    • Scope of Thesis and any preliminary conclusions/findings

Awardees will be selected based on the criteria stated in the application

For questions or to submit your application please email Jackie Contreras.

Fund and Additional Support

Mutual Aid Requests

The CEC has set aside $1,000 set aside for mutual aid requests for each semester for students, staff, faculty, and community members. Funding will be distributed on a first come first serve basis while funds last, at the discretion of CEC staff. Applicants may request to use these funds for meeting immediate survival needs, community organizing and education, direct action, and more. Funds will be sent in the form of a visa gift card unless otherwise requested. Non-monetary requests are also encouraged and we will make every possible effort to provide support.

Student Program Proposals

The CEC Student Program Proposal was designed to provide support to students working on projects with community members. We have designated $1200 in project funds for the 2021-2022 academic year with a max award of $200.

Faculty and Student Funding Requests

The CEC has up to $600 set aside for Faculty and Student related projects/expenses for the 2021-2022 academic year. Funding will be distributed on a first come first serve basis while funds last, at the discretion of CEC staff. We will do our best to spread the resources around as equitably as possible. Applicants may request to use these funds for speakers, materials, event co sponsorships and conference related expenses. Funds will be accessible through reimbursement, direct payments to vendors, unless otherwise requested. Max request of $150.

Clearance and Transportation

The CEC offers reimbursements for clearance related costs and community-based travel (fall and spring semesters only). If you are required to get a TB test, please do so through SHS (Student Health Services), for quick and affordable test. For LiveScans you can contact your local Law Enforcement Office or any certified Fingerprint roller. At this time we are only accepting transportation funding requests for clearance related travel only. All in person community engagement is suspended at this time. Transportation request for in person community engagement will resume once approved by the College. To be reimbursed, please fill out the attached pdf for clearance and transportation. If you drove, you will also be required to submit a mileage form as we do not reimburse for gas.

Deadline for Fall Reimbursements: December 17th, 2021 ( to be processed in a timely manner. All reimbursement requests made after December 17th, 2021 may be subject to delay. All reimbursement requests for fall must be made no later than two weeks after the end of the semester.
Deadline for Spring Reimbursements: May 13th, 2021 ( to be processed in a timely manner. All reimbursement requests made after May 13th, 2021 may be subject to delay. All reimbursement requests for fall must be made no later than two weeks after the end of the semester.

Van Reservations

If you are interested in reserving a Pitzer van for community engagement related programming, please contact our Office Manager for reservations. Reservations must be and can be approved by any member of the CEC staff. Any van reservation made without consulting a CEC staff will not be approved through Van Services.
All reservations must be requested at least one week prior to the need. For more information and reservations please email Jackie Contreras.