JoAnn Miller Exemplary Community Partner Award

2021 Winner: Wolf Park

As an educational facility, one of Wolf Park’s goals is to continually inspire the “next generation” of wildlife scientists and conservationists. Purdue student involvement allows Wolf Park to learn from students and be guided by their perspective, and to reach a wider audience with outreach and educational programs. The diversity of unique experiences available to students and the resolve of the staff to provide services and education to the Purdue and Greater Lafayette community make the Wolf Park an exemplary community partner, and highly deserving of the JoAnn Miller Exemplary Community Partner award.

The JoAnn Miller Exemplary Community Partner Award recognizes local nonprofits, schools, or government units that contribute to the educational growth of Purdue students by providing volunteer and service-learning opportunities. It includes a $1,000 cash prize. In 2015, the award was renamed in memory of JoAnn L. Miller, who was Associate Dean of Engagement and head of the School of Interdisciplinary Studies in the College of Liberal Arts. She worked passionately to further engagement with the community by Purdue students, faculty, and staff.


Non-profit agencies, schools, or governmental units located in Tippecanoe County that have demonstrated excellence in creating and sustaining opportunities for engaging Purdue students in volunteerism or service-learning within the county are eligible for the JoAnn Miller Award.

Nomination Process

Purdue faculty, students and staff are invited to nominate community partners for this award.

Nominations must include the following elements:

  • Community need(s) addressed by the agency’s programs and how the agency addresses the need(s)
  • How Purdue students have been involved in the agency’s programs and the benefits they have received from their experience
  • Contribution/value that student involvement brings to the agency and the population it serves
  • Why the agency is deserving of the award
  • Number and level of students engaged with the agency each year

Nominations are due March 18, 2022. Nomination form, HERE.

Selection Process

Nominations will be evaluated and awarded by an ad hoc committee of Office of Engagement staff based on the following criteria:

  1. “Meaningful service” is defined as service that is reciprocal, students learn about challenges/issues in the community and are empowered to address them while the partner agency receives valuable services and resources
  2. The partner agency acts as co-educator for the students.

Awardees receive a $1,000 cash prize, a plaque, and are honored at the Office of Engagement’s Annual Awards Luncheon and the United Way’s Annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon in the spring.

Past Recipients

2021 – Wolf Park

2020 – LTHC Homeless Services and YWCA of Greater Lafayette

2019 – Glen Acres Elementary School

2018 – Caregiver Companion

2017 – Lafayette Transitional Housing Center

2016 – Drug Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County

2015 – Wabash Center

2014 – Food Finders Food Bank

2013 – Hanna Community Center

2012 – Lafayette Crisis Center