Clarkson College Maltese Cross Service Award

Purpose/History of Award

The Clarkson College Maltese Cross Medal for Community Service was established to recognize Clarkson College students, alumni, employees, and community members for their outstanding community service.

The Maltese Cross, adopted by Clarkson College, is a symbol of protection and a badge of honor. Its story is hundreds of years old and originated with the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, a charitable, non-military organization that existed during the 11th and 12th centuries. The Knights of St. John were united by a pledge of compassion and courage as they helped the sick and the poor by setting up hospices and hospitals. It is for this reason Clarkson College selected the Maltese Cross as its symbol. The graduates of Clarkson College continue the historical significance and meaning of the Maltese Cross as they dedicate their lives to caring for patients, their families, and their communities.

Throughout the long history of Clarkson College, dating back to its beginning in 1888, the College owes its success to the many people in the community who have provided service to the College. Clarkson College traces its roots to Omaha's Child's Hospital, which opened in 1883 through the efforts of Bishop Robert Clarkson, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Nebraska, as a charitable institution. Following the death of Bishop Clarkson in 1884, the Hospital name was changed to Bishop Clarkson Memorial Hospital and his wife, Meliora, guided the hospital into the 20th Century. Mrs. Clarkson recognized the need to train nurses for Child's Hospital and, in doing so, laid the foundation for Clarkson College.

Qualifications/Selection Criteria

Clarkson College defines Service as College-related activities in which students and employees engage in a mutually beneficial relationship with an identified agency or group. Service reflects a holistic view, which focuses on how individuals provide high quality, ethical, and compassionate service in the field of health care and the community at large.  Students and employees engage in civic service activities to live and demonstrate the Clarkson College Values of Learning, Caring, Commitment, Integrity, and Excellence.

Annually, one student will be awarded the Maltese Cross Service Award and one employee/alumni/community member will be awarded the Maltese Cross Service Award.

Student Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled student in good standing
  • Application form and recommendation letter is completed and submitted

Employee/Alumni/Community Member Eligibility:

  • Employee must be in good standing
  • Alumni verification will be completed by the College
  • Community member’s connection to Clarkson will be verified
  • Application form and recommendation letter is completed and submitted

Award Process

  1. Nominations/Applications will be accepted September 1st through May 15th of each academic year.  After May 15th, the President's Office will convene a committee to review all complete applications. 
  2. Nominations that are submitted will have an automated message sent to the person nominated to fill out the award application. Nominations may be submitted by students, alumni, employees, and community members.
  3. Interested candidates will complete the application form online.
  4. The President of the College will chair the selection committee and appoint the following members each year. Membership includes one member from each of the following groups: SGA, alumni board, faculty senate, student services, professional development, operations council (totaling seven votes, including the President).
  5. The student and employee/alumni/or community recipient will be notified in writing by the President following the June of BOD meeting.
  6. The award will be presented at the Summer Graduation

Student Form Employee, Alumni and Community Member Form