Mary A. McEvoy was a professor of early childhood special education and a former chair of the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Minnesota. In collaboration with Professional Student Government and the Council of Graduate Students, the Mary A. McEvoy Award for Public Engagement and Leadership is presented to graduate and professional students who display leadership and public engagement above and beyond their normal duties and responsibilities. This award is given to one graduate and one professional student, each receiving a scholarship of $1,000. Candidates must demonstrate dedication and assistance that benefit an individual, group or community, or strengthen a democratic way of life.
Public Engagement is defined as: