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: November 16th, 2020
Spring Application Deadline:
April 15th, 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

Global Local Senior Thesis Award (GLSTA): Application

Application Deadline: December 10th, 2020

This award is designed to support Pitzer students who will be completed a senior thesis or project during the 2021 spring semester. Funding is awarded to students who complete a senior thesis or project involving community-based work across local and global settings. The project should explore a common theme both locally and internationally, ideally integrating study abroad experience with domestic internship work.
For example, a student might study the impacts of incarceration on children in La Verne, CA and in Ecuador, or examine AIDS activism in Botswana and at the Foothill AIDS Project in Claremont.

*Please complete the application linked above for consideration.
** Awardees will be selected based on the criteria stated in the application
*** For questions or to submit your application please email Jackie Contreras.

Newman Civic Fellowship: Application

“The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community- committed students who are change makers and public problem solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Fellows are nominated by their president or chancellor on the basis of their potential for public leadership. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies or social change.”

Nomination Open Application: October 27th, 2020
Deadline for Application: December 16th, 2020
Nomination Information:
Complete application provided in the link above, including:

  • Nominee Information Sheet
  • Leadership Profile
  • Personal Statement
  • Mentor Information Sheet

For more information or submissions, please email Jackie Contreras.

For more information on the Newman Civic Fellowship, please visit their website.

Fund and Additional Support

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.

Community Engagement Conference Request

The CEC allows students to use their community engagement transportation allotment towards conference funding for students planning on attending any conferences/workshops/training related to attaining new skills and knowledge that will enhance a students’ community engagement experience on campus and in the community. Students interested in applying for this award must submit an application 30 days prior to the date of the conference.

Van Reservations

If you are interested in reserving a Pitzer van for community engagement related programming, please contact our Operations Manager for reservations. Reservations must be approved by a 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.