Volunteers of the year during major events at the University
This practice suggests to offer the best volunteers of each year a trophy or a certificate during a major event at the university (annual Gala Dinner, commencement ceremony, founders day, etc.) Other forms of appreciation can be given by spreading the news among students (peer-to-peer education). Pictures of students along with their success stories can be posted on campus.
Potential challenges and suggested solutions
The selection process of students to be awarded should be elaborated in advance. It may be challenging to evaluate the engagement of a high number of students and the selection should be based on specific criteria. The objective is to promote students engagement and not create a competition between students. Another option could be to award students for delivering specific projects or activities as an appreciation of teamwork and cooperation.