The USC Schwarzenegger Institute, in partnership with the USC Department of Undergraduate Programs, believes one person has the power to improve the lives of others and change the world. While government and business leaders have a major impact on the direction of state and global policy, the importance of individual innovation and volunteerism is one of the most powerful forces in society.
The USC Schwarzenegger Institute also believes that students have tremendous power to change the world for the better. Time and again we have observed USC students—and students throughout the world—demonstrate their incredible power to improve the lives of others and to impact public policy.
The BE THE CHANGE initiative has two components:
- Spotlight Awards
The USC Schwarzenegger Institute in partnership with the USC Department of Undergraduate Programs wishes to acknowledge students who are inspirational examples of the power of one person to make a difference and “Be the Change.” Our Spotlight Award features remarkable USC students and shares their inspiring story of volunteerism and civic engagement.
The USC student’s volunteerism and civic engagement can be either on campus or off-campus.
The “Be the Change” Spotlight Award winners will receive a $1,000 cash prize, a certificate of achievement and recognition at a spring awards ceremony. Additionally, the Schwarzenegger Institute will make a $1,000 contribution to the charity or cause represented by the awardee.
The Nomination Process
The Schwarzenegger Institute is looking for students who have excelled in the area of volunteerism. While we will consider nominees volunteering within the USC community we very much want to praise volunteer work done beyond the borders of campus.
There are two ways to be nominated for the Schwarzenegger Institute Spotlight Award:
- A USC student can nominate him/herself by filing out the nomination form AND supplying a recommendation letter from a person who has experienced or witnessed the philanthropic dedication and passion of the nominee.
- Anyone can nominate a USC student they believe deserves the award by filing out the nomination form
The nomination process requires the submission of a 500-word personal statement addressing the nominee’s volunteer efforts. If these efforts are made as part of a larger organizational effort be sure to clearly explain the nominees individual contribution.
The nomination period for The Schwarzenegger Institute Fall 2013 Spotlight Award has ended and the Winner will be announced before the end of the Semester!
We look forward to receiving great nominations. We will proudly shine spotlights on inspiring USC students who are living examples of how to “Be the Change” in today’s world.
Learn more about exceptional USC students who have been Spotlight Award Winners: http://schwarzeneggerinstitute.com/student-engagement
Discussing innovative ways of helping your community is important but actually putting these discussions into action is vital. Through strategic partnerships with several area non-profit organizations, the USC Schwarzenegger Institute wants to provide students with substantive opportunities to help their community and make a difference.