Thomas R. Tillia Community Service Awards

The Thomas R. Tillia Community Service Awards recognize ACCET-accredited institutions that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to service that positively impacts their communities by benefiting people, infrastructure, or the natural environment.

These awards were established in 2017 in honor of the late Thomas “Tom” Tillia (1944-2016). Tom was a longtime friend of ACCET, serving as a Commission Representative and Commission Chair and co-founding an ACCET-accredited institution. Tom was also committed to serving his community and is remembered for his devotion to The Red Barn Players in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania.

2024 awardees will be announced at the ACCET Annual Conference, August 25-28, 2024, in Washington, D.C.

Eligibility Requirements:

  1. Must be an ACCET member institution that is currently accredited and in good standing.
  2. The community service activities may be completed by the institution or a branch campus, program, or department that is part of that institution.
  3. The community service activities must have occurred in the 12 months leading up to the application submission.
  4. Each institution may submit only one application per year.

Application Information:

To apply, please complete the following by 11:59 p.m. EST on June 30, 2024:

  • Complete the online application form.
  • Upload a short video presentation of your application (2 minutes or less and as an MP4, MOV, WMV, or AVI file) to Dropbox.

Select applicants will be featured on the ACCET website and at the 2024 Annual Conference.

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