Become a Civic Engagement Scholar

Take the service challenge and become a Civic Engagement Scholar! The Civic Engagement Scholars program is endorsed by President Snyder and designed to promote and recognize meaningful student involvement in the Cleveland community. Scholars commit to completing 50 community service hours, with at least 20 hours at one site during the academic year. To enhance their learning, scholars participate in education and reflection about civic engagement, community issues, and social justice. Upon successful completion of the program, scholars will be awarded a Certificate of Distinguished Service and attend a reception hosted by President Snyder. Applications for this program are due by Sunday, September 23.

Apply online by September 23. For more information about becoming a Civic Engagement Scholar, please refer to the program requirements or FAQ page.


  • To create an experiential learning program that promotes active citizenship and allows students to develop a deeper understanding of community issues
  • To foster connections between students at Case Western Reserve University and members of the Greater Cleveland community
  • To create mutually beneficial opportunities for student volunteers to engage in meaningful community service activities with local agencies and nonprofit organizations
  • To recognize students who perform outstanding service

Students apply to participate in the Civic Engagement Scholars program at the beginning of the academic year. They commit to completing at least 50 community service hours during the academic year while also attending educational programs about community and social issues and reflecting on their experiences.


  • Service: Complete a minimum of 50 community service hours with at least 20 hours at one nonprofit, school or public agency in the Cleveland area.
  • Education: Attend a total of 4 educational programs that enhance understanding related to civic engagement and social justice.
  • Reflection: Complete written reflections about different aspects of the scholars experience

Apply for the 2018-2019 Civic Engagement Scholars program online by Sunday, September 23!

Students who meet the program’s criteria will receive a Certificate of Distinguished Service issued by President Barbara R. Snyder. Scholars who complete the program requirements are also invited to attend a special recognition ceremony celebrating their achievement with President Snyder.