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The Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award

Students planting a tree

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.​

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.”

The Tennessee Higher Education Commission once again welcomes nominations of current students, faculty, and staff members of public and private, two- and four-year colleges and universities who are engaged in dedicated public service for the 2021 Love Awards.

All nominations must be submitted by an eligible higher education institution. Eligible institutions include, two- and four-year colleges and universities that are public or private, and nonprofit. Institutions may nominate up to two individuals from each category (students and faculty/staff). For full consideration, each nomination must include:

1.      Two (2) letters of recommendation – one (1) from the President/Chancellor of the institution and one (1) from a community member not related to the nominee.

2.      Evidence of impact – select ONE (1) of the following, including but not limited to a news article, press release, news media (video)
clip, program brochure, or program website URL. Please note that due to the number of nominations received, additional documents will not be evaluated.

3.      A short biographical sketch (no more than 150 words) and high-resolution head shot of the nominee.

All nominations should be submitted online: on or before Wednesday, March 10, 2021 by 4:30 p.m. CDT. Incomplete or late nominations will not be considered.


Harold Love Outstanding Community Service Award Taskforce

Desiree McCullough, UT Martin

Margie Dernaika, Southwest TN Community College

Patrick Wade, TCAT Knoxville

Jeffert Norfleet, THEC

Kathy Feagins, East TN State University

Kirbi Tucker, University of Memphis