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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 placements with for Community Engagement Scholars (Scholars) with select community-based organizations (CBOs) involved in service-learning. These CBOs have agreed to host a Scholar to help manage service-learning activities.

    You will be required to spend 6.5 hours each week at your assigned CBO to help build capacity and manage service-learning partnerships. Typically, this will include:
       (a) arranging neighborhood tours (to be given by community members) for students in service-learning classes;
       (b) coordinating with staff at your CBO to offer / schedule orientations for service-learning students;
       (c) scheduling service-learning student service at your assigned CBO; and
       (d) collecting agency staff assessments of service-learning student performance.
    Scholars may also spend some of their time engaged in other forms of direct service at their CBO, as needed.

  2. Leadership and Service Training & Seminars: In addition to working in their individual positions, all Scholars must attend 40-45 hours of training and seminars. Training will include:
        (a) a 2 1/2-day orientation retreat at the Family Resource Center in Cranberry:
        (b) 2-hour bi-weekly seminars throughout the fall semester (redesigned through a grant award in 2012);
        (c) and three 2-hour reflection sessions throughout the spring semester.
    *Scholars may also be required to schedule orientation or training sessions for their CBO placements.

  3. A Meaningful Service Experience: Finally, the  seminars are reinforced through weekly experiential learning, paired with reflection sessions throughout the spring semester. Together, the cohort of Scholars will participate in a shared service experience within a local community to reinforce civic learning (this replaces the seminars from the fall semester).  Scholars are required to complete a minimum of 2 hours of weekly direct service for this service experience.

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.