Special Interest Award in Civic Engagement

Civic Learning Outcomes for the Scholarship

  • Connect personal attributes, skills and knowledge to one’s identify as an engaged citizen
  • Value and believe in the promise of the community
  • Understand and appreciate the value of diverse beliefs, ideas, and worldviews that lead to a desire to address issues of inequality
  • Develop the ability to work with others to develop better-informed opinions, perceptions, and solutions to complex issues in society
  • Recognize the responsibility of taking action for benefit of the community
  • Construct a commitment to stay involved in and connected to the community

Criteria: Awards will be made to students who have maintained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate a sustained commitment to community service as a type of civic engagement, take initiative and leadership roles in conjunction with their engagement, and display an interest in addressing key civic and social issues and developing a better understanding of complex ideas and worldviews.

Amount: $2,000 per year for a total of $8,000 over four years.

Guidelines: By the Priority Deadline of December 1 or the Final Deadline of February 1, students must submit the Special Interest Award in Civic Engagement application, write a personal essay exhibiting the criteria stipulated, include a resume of community engagement activities, and include one letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the applicant's community engagement. Upon acceptance to Wittenberg University, finalists will be selected for an interview

Deadline to Apply: December 1 (Priority Deadline); February 1 (Final Deadline)

Expectations: Civic Engagement Scholars will engage in trainings to prepare them for an on-going commitment of service throughout their time at Wittenberg (~20 hours/semester), participate in educational workshops and dialogues, serve as advocates for civic engagement on campus, design and implement a civic engagement project, and reflect on the connection between their scholarship experience and the liberal arts education. If all expectations are met, the award is renewable annually based on maintaining a 2.75 cumulative GPA and good academic and social standing.

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