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Scholars Application

Admission to this program is competitive and limited, with only 25 scholars accepted annually. To be considered for admission, you 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. Your application 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 9 credit hours of approved Community Engaged Learning courses, record 400 service hours, complete USU 2160: Civic Foundations, and develop and complete a capstone project and a reflective e-portfolio. Service Hours can be counted starting the semester the student is accepted into the program.


Please submit the form and upload all documents separately.