The Albert W. Black Undergraduate Community Service Award – Applications Now Open!

Are you a graduating senior with a deep commitment to community service?

Then consider applying for the Albert W. Black Undergraduate Community Service Internship Award!


A great many Sociology undergraduate students believe strongly in the importance of Community Service and we are often very surprised by the high level of commitment to community service our majors exhibit.

The Albert W. Black Undergraduate Community Service Award is intended to celebrate that commitment and honor a 2018/2019 graduating Sociology major. The award is intended for a student serving as a volunteer or participating in an internship with a Puget Sound area community service organization working with disadvantaged populations that’s having a positive impact on the local community.

Not sure if what you’re doing counts as community service? Here are some things that can be considered:

  • Positions as a volunteer or uncompensated intern with a local community service organization or an organization working with disadvantaged populations within the previous 12 months
  • Experiences that began with Service Learning (such as SOC 292, 402, or 404), as long as you can demonstrate a substantial additional volunteer or uncompensated internship work with the agency/service organization
  • Long-standing (but not necessarily long hours on a weekly basis) commitments or volunteering with an organization focused on social good or assisting disadvantaged populations
  • Work in your own communities that you may do as a ‘good citizen’ that you may not realize others would see as community service

Any graduating Sociology major may submit materials to become a candidate for the award. The 2019 Award is $1,000.  As part of your application, you must submit a copy of your UW transcript, but your academic record is of less importance than your service record for consideration of this award.

All candidates are reviewed by the Department’s Undergraduate Program Committee which makes its recommendations to the Chair. The award winner is recognized during the Department’s Graduation Celebration in Meany Hall on Wednesday evening June 12th, 2019.

To learn more about the award and application process and application, please read the full instructions here: 2019 Al Black Community Service Award Information

If you have question regarding the award or your application, we’d love to talk more with you about it! Please schedule an advising appointment by emailing, and mention you’re meeting to discuss the award.

— Award Background–

Albert W. Black, Jr. (B.S., University of Michigan, 1963; M.A., Wayne State University, 1968; Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1976) is an Emeritus Principal Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. His areas of interest are the sociology of religion and race relations. Dr. Black is a past president of the National Association of Black Sociologists and the recipient of a Distinguished Teaching Award from the University of Washington. He has been an instructor in the Bridge Program, which aids in transitioning freshman student athletes into university academic culture.

Al Black is a highly respected leader and role model in the local community. His legendary commitment to community service, in particular his work with gang members, gained him the Central Area Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Community Service Award in 1996. As a founding member and Chair of the Franklin Fathers Group, he has led interventions into local schools with other mostly African American men, and challenged the at-risk students with a message of zero tolerance for the disruption of the learning process. He has been invited into numerous school and civic environments as mentor, educator, leader and parent.

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