Civic Engagement Scholars
The Civic Engagement Scholars Program is coordinated by the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning and endorsed by Case Western Reserve University President Barbara R. Snyder. This initiative is designed to promote student involvement in the Cleveland community and beyond through significant and meaningful service.
Civic Engagement Scholars Program Goals
- To create an experiential learning program that promotes active citizenship and allows students to develop a deeper understanding of community issues
- To foster connections between students at Case Western Reserve University and members of the Greater Cleveland community
- To create mutually beneficial opportunities for student volunteers to engage in meaningful community service activities with local agencies and nonprofit organizations
- To recognize students who perform outstanding service
Students apply to participate in the Civic Engagement Scholars program at the beginning of the academic year. They commit to completing at least 50 community service hours while also attending trainings and educational programs about community and social issues throughout the academic year. Returning Scholars with one year of program experience can consider becoming a Scholars Cohort Leader or they can rejoin the program as a participant.
Civic Engagement Scholars Program Requirements
- Attend the Civic Engagement Scholars program kick-off training and mid-year training
- Complete a minimum of 50 community service hours throughout the course of the program (August 2015 - May 2016)
- Attend three community-focused programs of your choice
- Write a final reflection summary about the scholars experience
- Maintain academic good standing throughout the course of the program
2015-2016 Civic Engagement Scholars can access their Scholars Checklist here to log hours and programs.
Students who meet the program's criteria will receive a Certificate of Distinguished Service signed by President Barbara R. Snyder. Scholars who complete the program requirements are also invited to attend a special recognition ceremony celebrating their achievement with President Snyder.
For more information about becoming a Civic Engagement Scholar, please refer to the program requirements or FAQ page. Highlights from the 2014-2015 program are also now available. Applications for the 2015-2016 Civic Engagement Scholars program are now closed.