Students during Welcome Weekend

Nominations are now open!

Nominations for the Excellence in Service Engagement Awards for Student, Student Group, Faculty/Staff, and Community Partner Agency are now open. Deadline to submit nominations is Thursday, February 21, 2019. These awards honor USF students, student group, faculty or staff member, and a community partner agency that displays an extraordinary committment to innovative service engagement at the local, national, and/or global level.


Welcome Classes of 2020 and 2022! We invite you to explore different ways to get involved in service at the University of Saint Francis. Through one-time service events and projects to weekly service to campus initiatives for social justice, we offer service opportunities to meet every student's needs.

Passionate about service and social justice issues? Like us on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, @Serve_USF and Instagram, usfserve.

Helping to make the world a better place is also important to our student community. In 2012, USF student Shane Swygart worked to create USF Cougars Care, a campus club dedicated to communiservice. USF Cougars Care is a group of students who plan and serve together both on and off campus. For more information about USF Cougars Care meetings and service events, join the USF Cougars Care facebook group, follow @USFCougarsCare on Twitter and on Instagram, USFCougarsCare.

Scholarships for service to the community are also available for students who meet academic criteria, have financial need and serve (not course-related) 20 or more hours per year. The Antoinette Murray scholarship was given to over 31 USF incoming and current students last year. Summer volunteer hours count towards service hours, if they are tracked through the OSSA website.

The Office for Service and Social Action (OSSA) is located in the Pope John Paul II building, Room 212-B and is open from 9 am - 5 pm. Email to set up an appointment to meet with one of the OSSA staff, or stop by to see us.

The President's Volunteer Service Award

The President's Council on Service and Civic Participation created the President's Volunteer Service Award program as a way to thank and honor Americans who, by their demonstrated commitment and example, inspire others to engage in volunteer service. This award is an excellent resume-builder and recognizes individuals that have completed at least 100 hours of community service over any given 12-month period.

Students wishing to receive this award may set up their profile account at and begin tracking their hours from January - December, 2017, After setting up your account, please go to the "Profile" tab to link your service to USF. You will need to enter the Record of Service Key Code for USF, to have your hours validated by the CSE office. Please enter the key code CO-NGP-8589B; scroll down to the bottom of this page and click "update" to complete your profile. Hours must be submitted to the PVSA site by 2/15/2019 in order to be eligible to receive an award in the Spring of 2019.

Need assistance setting up your account? We are happy to help! Please contact Katrina Boedeker, Director, Office for Service and Social Action to set up an appointment time.

OSSA Office Location/Hours
PJP II, Rm 212
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed over lunch)
Phone: 260.399.8080