Robert CarothersRobert L. Carothers Award for Outstanding Service to the URI Community Leadership Nomination Criteria:

“Do others served grow as persons; do they, while being served, become healthier, wiser, freer, more autonomous, more likely themselves to become servants?”
~ Robert K. Greenleaf, The Servant Leader


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  • Undergraduate student in a degree program currently enrolled in at least 6 credits
  • In good standing with the University
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA semester or cumulative average either as of spring or fall 2023


  • Demonstrates a long-term commitment to making a positive and measurable impact related to a specific cause or social issue that affects URI, RI and/or the global community
  • Demonstrates the 10 Characteristics of a Servant Leader (Spears, 2010) in practice including: listening, empathy, healing, awareness, persuasion, conceptualization, foresight, stewardship, commitment to the growth of the people, and building community
  • Applies the Servant Leadership Model (Greenleaf, 1977) to their practice of leadership in a way that develops other leaders and encourages others to serve

Naomi Pajarillo

2021 Rainville Student Servant Leadership Award Recipient,  Naomi Pajarillo

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