Civic Engagement Scholars
Clarion University encourages students, faculty, staff, and administration to volunteer and participate in community service. Engaging in service is a high-impact practice; students in the program learn skills which are critical when entering the workforce.
We are proud to offer the Clarion University Civic Engagement Scholarship through the coordinated efforts of the department of Student Engagement and Development, the Clarion University Foundation, and Jan and Al Lander. These scholarships are intended to support the education of students who are committed to providing meaningful service to non-profit and public sector entities within the greater Clarion community.
This unique scholarship provides students an opportunity to help fill needs in the communities in which they live and learn. The individual and group projects are ongoing throughout Clarion County, and build and strengthen relationships between the university and community.
Scholarships are awarded in the form of a full, in-state tuition credit.
Students must currently be enrolled full time (12 or more credits per semester) and plan to enroll full time for the following academic year in order to apply for the Civic Engagement Scholarship.
The scholarship is open to students who:
- Have earned a minimum of 12 credit hours with an overall QPA of 2.5 or better;
- Are in good academic and disciplinary standing;
- Will not be graduating before the May commencement.
yearly SCHOLARSHIP TIMELINE
- Completed applications will be accepted midway through the spring semester.
- Applications will be reviewed in March.
- Interviews will be conducted by appointment in March/April.
- Scholarship winners will be announced at the Reinhard Awards.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT scholars WILL:
- Work with the Center for Student Engagement and Development to secure site placement.
- Serve an average of 12-15 hours per week.
- Maintain service logs and a journal of the scholarship experience.
- Create a communication plan to promote their projects.
- Post about their service experiences on social media.
- Participate in and end-of-the-year celebration.
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM INTRODUCTION AND ORIENTATION
- Meet with campus supervisor, explore program and build service outline.
- Meet with site supervisor and initial site visit.
VOLUNTEERING AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
- General service and volunteering at site.
- Learn about existing programs, issues, efforts and partnerships.
- Continue working with organization.
- Develop personal plan for spring semester.
- Continue service program.
- Consider improvements and changes, maintenance and growth plans.
MIDTERM REVIEW AND GOAL SETTING
Program continuation and conclusion
- Continue service program.
- Draw program to a close, or work to ensure support plans are in place to maintain program after scholarship program has ended.