Community Engaged Scholars
Scholars applications are accepted during Fall Semester, and must be submitted prior to Oct. 15th.
Community-Engaged Scholars (previously known as Service-Learning Scholars) are dedicated to applying their education to make a meaningful difference in their community and the world. Students accepted into this program will have the opportunity to engage in service related to their field of study and personal interests in addition to completing Community-Engaged Learning (CEL/SL) courses. Upon graduation, scholars attend a Community Engagement Celebration & Awards banquet where they share their capstone and receive a plaque and graduation stole. Scholars are acknowledged in the commencement program, and the distinction is recorded on their official transcript so employers and graduate programs can see evidence of a student’s determination to go the extra mile.
Between 2011 – 2017, 79 students graduated with the Service-Learning Scholars distinction. In 2017, the program changed its name to Community-Engaged Scholars and put greater emphasis on civic engagement and USU’s dedication to graduating students as Citizen Scholars. At this time, a Civic Foundations and Community Engagement course was added to program requirements to better prepare all Scholars for a lifetime of engagement in their communities.
Students interested in graduating as a Community-Engaged Scholar must complete the following requirements. We recommend students apply for the program no later thanthe first semester of their junior year to ensure they have time to meet all requirements. In addition to the requirements below, scholars must meet with advisors each semester, and attend a program introduction and overview their first semester (as scholars).
Academic: Complete three 'SL' designated Community-Engaged Learning courses. These courses work with CBI community partners to give students hands-on application of course concepts. All Scholars accepted into the program starting Fall 17 will be required to take a USU 2160: Civic Foundations course during their time at USU. Scholars can also create 'SL' designation by adding a service and reflection component to an undesignated class. Community-Engaged Learning courses can be searched for in Banner by looking for the 'SL' attibute.
Co-Curricular: Scholars will complete a minimum of 300 service hours. Hours spent on capstone projects can be counted towards this 300 hour total. Scholars will record all service hours through the AggieSync database.
Capstone: A capstone project is due the final semester before a scholar graduates. The Capstone is the culminating activity of the Community-Engaged Scholars program. It is recommended that the capstone project require between 50 – 100 hours of service. The capstone project should be self-sustaining and leave a lasting impact. For example, students might create a new service center program, a new annual event, a piece of artwork to be displayed in the community, a new hiking trail…the possibilities are endless.
RecognitionStudents completing all the requirements of the program are recognized by:
~ Graduation Awards Banquet
~ Community-Engaged Scholar Graduation Stole
~ Acknowledgement in the University Commencement Program
~ Community-Engaged Scholar printed on Transcript