Civic Awareness Award

The School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership offers students who attend event programming throughout each semester the opportunity to earn the school’s signature Civic Awareness Award. 

To encourage civic engagement and robust debate in our campus community, the Civic Awareness Award is not limited to majors or minors in Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership; all students enrolled in ASU courses are eligible, and the school encourages students from any academic program at the university to participate.

Qualifying for the Award

Students can earn this distinction for any semester in which they:

1. Register for and attend 4 events sponsored by the School of Civic and Economic Thought and Leadership during the semester.  Eligible events include Civic Discourse Project programs, SCETL visiting scholar talks, SCETL spring conference panels, and SCETL student lunches.

2. Submit a written reflection paper of 300-500 words for each event attended.  Responses are not graded or marked, but are expected to demonstrate personal engagement with the ideas presented at the event in question.  Submissions should be made online within a month of the event.

3. Apply online for the award after attending the four events and submitting the reflection papers.

Additional Information

The SCETL Undergraduate Studies Committee will track student progress and evaluate student eligibility.  The Civic Awareness Award is granted at the end of each semester in which a student completes all requirements; students who earn this distinction receive a certificate.  Both Fall and Spring award recipients will be recognized at SCETL’s annual end-of-year celebration in April.  Like the dean’s list, this distinction can be achieved multiple times over the course of a student’s time at ASU.

If you have any questions, please email Emily Rap at