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The Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award

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Community service recognition programs for higher education students and faculty/staff at the campus level were created in Tennessee through legislation enacted by the General Assembly in 1991. In 1997, the awards were named for the late Representative Harold Love, who was instrumental in passing the enabling legislation. The Tennessee Higher Education Commission was given the charge to develop rules and regulations by which to implement these programs for public and private two and four-year institutions. A taskforce of institutional and board representatives is convened each year to review each proposal submitted by the campuses and to select the five student and five faculty/staff recipients. Each recipient will receive a $1000 cash prize.​

2020 Harold Love Awards Memo

Love is in the House

Elected to the General Assembly in 1968, Representative Harold Love, Sr., was known for his compassion and good humor. A prominent Nashville insurance salesman, Rep. Love also served on the board of directors for the South Street Center and the Eighteenth Avenue Community Center. He graduated from Tennessee State University and was awarded its Distinguished Alumnus Award.

With the welfare of his community as his primary concern, Rep. Love would go to any lengths to help a constituent in need, even if it meant giving from his own pocket. That is why, whenever he was present during a session of the House of Representatives, it was said, “Love is in the House.”

2020 Community Service Taskforce Members

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Nominees must be a current student (full-time or part-time) or current faculty/staff member at a Tennessee higher education institution. Nominations will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Lasting/meaningful impact on community                                   40%
  • Length and degree of service                                                           20%
  • Above and beyond the call of duty                                                 20%
  • Recognized and valued by peers and community leaders      20%

To submit a nomination, please click this link to complete the nominee information form and upload all required documentation. Nomination packets are due on or before Monday, March 9, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. CDT. Only completed nominations received by the deadline will be considered. If you have further questions about the nomination process, contact Dr. Brittany Mosby at 615-253-8874 or

The individuals selected to receive recognition represent the many dimensions of community service – volunteer work, public service, charitable service and leadership roles in community organizations. They serve as ambassadors for community service among the many diverse higher educational communities in Tennessee.                          

2019 Faculty/Staff Recipients:

David McBeth, University of Tennessee Martin

David Ross, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Dixon Myers, University of the South

Michael Whitelaw, East Tennessee State University

Tammy Garland, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

2019 Student Recipients:

Ariel Kaylor, Maryville College

Jujuan Lewis, University of Tennessee Chattanooga

Sarah Cullen, Belmont University

Gareth Laffely, Middle Tennessee State University

Tere Kangas, Austin Peay State University