Silver Cord Award

The Silver Cord Award is a distinguished service award available to students who complete at least 100 hours of community service/volunteering while attending MCC. In recognition of this achievement, recipients will receive a silver cord to wear with their robes during graduation. Students can organize their own volunteer work or get connected with opportunities.

Award Guidelines

  • 100 hours required
  • nonprofit agency or government agency
  • has adult supervision

Apply for the Silver Cord Award

Defining Acceptable Volunteer Work

  • Volunteer work must be completed with a nonprofit or government agency.
  • You must be supervised by an adult who is employed by the organization or is an established volunteer who is recognized by the organization. Family members and/or fellow students cannot act as the supervisor nor can they verify volunteer hours.
  • You may receive one hour of volunteer work for participating in the blood drive held at MCC once a semester.
  • You may receive volunteer hours for assisting with MCC campus event, as long as you are not compensated for your time.
  • You may receive volunteer hours for helping at religious institutions as long as those hours do not include participation in a religious service or teaching religion.

Hours toward the Silver Cord Award may not be:

  • With an organization that you belong to which receives any type of compensation for the volunteer work.
  • Reported to satisfy a scholarship requirement (such as the Presidential Scholarship, etc.).
  • Court-ordered Community Service.
  • Rendered directly to a for-profit institution or organization.
  • Supportive of a political campaign.
  • Awarded for any in-kind or monetary donations of any type including food drives, toy collections, etc.
  • Travel time to and from activity.
  • Sleeping or personal recreation hours during volunteer service time.
  • Completed during the time you're scheduled to be in class.