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 (1.5 per semester) and the scholarship money.

Who Should Apply

Strong candidates for the Community Engagement Scholars (CES) program are Duquesne University undergraduate students who want to learn more about systemic injustice and be involved as student leaders for community engagement at local non-profit agencies.

Successful CES students have a history of community engagement and service and demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively.

How It Works

Through this program, students will be immersed in an experience that contributes to personal growth, develops knowledge of social justice, and empowers them to be involved as responsible and participatory citizens. Participation in the CE Scholars program requires:

Community-based Experience

This option provides an intensive, structured and supervised immersion in a non-profit organization, citizen action group, for-good for-profit business or philanthropic entity.

Social Justice Seminar

Students begin their year-long program with a one-day orientation the Friday before fall semester classes begin. During the semester, students are required to attend a weekly group seminar focused on exploring the elements of community engagement and social justice through a uniquely Spiritan lens. Students reflect critically on their emerging civic agency and the development of their understanding of social justice.

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, and one to two hours a week are spent on additional scholar activities as assigned.

Scholarship and Academic Credit

Students receive a scholarship and 1.5 credits per semester, which fulfills the BRIDGES Cultural Fluency & Responsivity (BRCF) requirement. If a student has already fulfilled the BRCF requirement, the credits will count as community engagement elective credits. If a student is already at 18 credits per semester, she/he may still apply for the program. Non-credit participation will be decided on a case by case basis. Students in some majors may also use the credit toward internship or field work requirements. Details on registration for credit will be provided to students upon their acceptance to the program.