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Cornell University

David M. Einhorn Center for
Community Engagement

An integration of the Public Service Center and
the Office of Engagement Initiatives

Awards & Funding

Recognition for Service

Each day, hundreds of Cornell students and alumni give selflessly to promote change in our society. It is important that our community take the time to recognize their efforts, creativity, dedication, and commitment to change and finding solutions.

Recognition also encourages continued participation in community activism and public service. We therefore offer you these suggestions for ways to formally recognize these individuals and highlight some recent notable accomplishments.


The Einhorn Center recognizes that funding for faculty and student-initiated service projects is important for the future viability of the project and for positive community change. The Center therefore offers several opportunities for funding through our office, as well as information on other funding sources at Cornell and nationally.


  • Community Partnership Funding Board Grants — The Community Partnership Funding Board (CPFB), a student organization, seeks to foster leadership and social responsibility by encouraging students to take action against social problems. The CPFB assists students in developing grassroots community action projects and administers grants from the Community Partnership Fund to make these projects possible. Funding for up to $2,500 per project, per year is available. 
  • Robinson-Appel Humanitarian Award — The Robinson-Appel award was established to recognize and honor students who have had significant involvement in community service by providing support for their projects, which address a community's social needs or problems. Three projects are selected, and each receives $2,500 to further a community service project initiated and proposed by Cornell students.


  • Kaplan Family Distinguished Faculty Fellowship — Two faculty members, who are having a significant impact on undergraduate, professional, or graduate education at Cornell by involving their students in challenging service-learning programs, will be given a $5,000 award to enable them to further develop an ongoing community-based learning/research project, to initiate a new effort, or to seek institutionalization of a service-learning course.