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Scholars Application

Admission to this program is competitive and limited, with only 25 scholars accepted annually. Applications are accepted during fall semester only, and must be submitted no later than Oct. 15th for consideration. Students accepted into the scholars program may be contacted for additional information or interviews. All newly accepted scholars will be contacted by the end of October. 

To be considered for admission, students must submit a completed application, maintain a 3.0 cumulative USU GPA (incoming freshmen must have a 3.0 high school GPA), submit a written essay, and provide a letter of recommendation. The essay is very important to the success of your application.  Applications will not be considered without the essay.

In the essay, please discuss the following:

  • Why are you interested in and committed to community and civic engagement?
  • What community action have you taken in the past?
  • How did you learn about the Community-Engaged Scholars program?
  • What do you hope to accomplish through the program?
  • How do you think you will benefit from and contribute to a community of scholars who are eager to apply their academic work to community service?
  • How will you use this experience in your future career or life goals?


To receive the Community-Engaged Scholar designation, you must complete a minimum of 3 Community-Engaged Learning (Service-Learning) designated classes, record 300 service hours, complete USU 2160: Civic Foundations, and develop and complete a capstone project and a reflective e-portfolio. Service Hours properly documented in AggieSync can be counted prior to acceptance into the program.

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