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Community Engagement Scholars

NOTE: This program was recently changed to a YEAR LONG program. Participation in both semesters (fall and spring of each academic year) is required to receive the 3 credit hours and the scholarship.

Who should apply:

Duquesne University undergraduate students who desire to be involved as student leaders for community engagement, while providing direct service in Pittsburgh. Through this program, students will be immersed in an experience that contributes to personal growth; develops civic knowledge, skills, and values; and empowers them to be involved as responsible and participatory citizens.

This is a highly selective program. Successful students will be leaders with a history of service and demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively in a relationship with others. Students who have taken a community-engaged learning (or, service-learning) class are preferred.

How it works:

Participate as a Community Engagement Scholar (8 hours per week)

  • Community-based experience: This option provides an intensive immersion in a students with a structured, supervised community-based immersion in a non-profit organization, citizen action group, legislative office, or philanthropic entity.
  • Supportive group meetings and training's: Students begin their semester-long program with a one-day orientation retreat on a Saturday before classes begin. Then, each week of the semester they attend a group seminar that helps students to explore the elements of community engagement. Students reflect critically on their emerging civic agency and the development of their civic identity
  • Time commitment: Students commit to 8 hours a week. Five to seven hours of the commitment takes place in a community-based organization (CBO), one hour is spent in a weekly seminar throughout the semester, and one to two hours a week are spent on additional scholar activities as assigned.
  • Scholarship and Academic Credit: Students will receive a scholarship of at least $625 per semester for their participation. Students can choose to take the seminar component for credit that fulfills the social justice University Core Curriculum requirement. Details on registration for credit will be provided to students upon their acceptance to the program.
    How to become a CE Scholar:
    CETR is now accepting applications for Community Engagement Scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applications will close on April 4th 11:59pm.

    We accept applications on a rolling basis, you can generally expect a response within a couple weeks of submitting your application. 

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