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About the Program

Who should apply:

Duquesne University graduate and 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 relationship with others.

How it works:

The Community Engagement Scholars program is a Duquesne University sponsored initiative that allocates an education award of $1,250 for students who enroll and successfully complete 200 hours of service during the academic year.


  1. A Community-Based Leadership Position: The Office of Service-Learning secures community-based placements with select community-based organizations (CBOs) involved in academic community engagement. These agencies have agreed to host a Scholar to help manage service-learning activities.  Most positions will require Scholars to: (a) serve as the service-learning liaison to facilitate communication between faculty and community partners; (b) manage, train, and schedule service-learning students; and (c) perform direct service, as needed, at their CBO site.

    Typically, as service-learning liaisions, Scholars will spend 4-5 hours each week managing service-learning partnerships. This work usually includes scheduling or supervising students enrolled in service-learning courses and communicating with faculty.  Scholars may also spend 4-5 hours each week engaged in direct service at their community partner site.

  2. Didactic Seminars and Training: In addition to working their individual positions, all Scholars must attend 40-45 hours of training and seminars. Training will include a 2 1/2- day orientation retreat at the Family Resource Center in Cranberry, 2-hour bi-weekly didactic seminars throughout the fall semester (which were completely redesigned through a grant award in 2012), and three 2-hour reflection sessions throughout the spring semester. Scholars may also be required to schedule orientation or training sessions in order to work in their individual community placements.

  3. An Intensitve Community Placement: Finally, the didactic seminars are reinforced through weekly experiential learning, paired with reflection sessions throughout the spring semester. Each Scholar will participate in an intensive community placement to reinforce civic learning (in leiu of the seminar component). Each Scholar will be required to complete a minimum of 2 hours of weekly direct service during their placement.

Basic Timeline:
    How to become a CE Scholar:
    The OSL is no longer accepting applications for AY 2014-2015. 

    Proposals for AY 2014-2015 were due by April 4, 2014. If you are interested in applying for AY 2015-2016, please check back next fall for more information.