Civically Engaged Scholars


The Civically Engaged Scholars program provides students opportunities to expand upon the role of service in their lives through skill-based training, leadership development and service-learning projects. Students are encouraged to look beyond volunteerism and reflect on how civic engagement and involvement with student organizations, the community, undergraduate research, and advocacy contribute to more informed and engaged society. The program strives to enrich service experiences through reflection and recognition, while encouraging students to continue their engagement in civic engagement post graduation.

Program Details

The program challenges students to explore and discover new ways in which they can apply service to their academic and postgraduate career by fostering civic engagement between the university, its students and its community, and by cultivating involvement and relationships at a local and global level.  Students will complete 200 civic engagement hours during their enrollment of the program in four areas:

  • Direct Service
  • Indirect Service & Capacity Building
  • Community Research
  • Advocacy & Activism

Students enrolled in the Engaged Service Scholars program attend skills training workshops offered during the year that focus on developing the students’ skills in these four areas. Previous workshops included a focus on Advocacy and Influencing Policymakers and grant writing to advance the work of non-profit organizations.

Students also will be required to complete the foundations path of the Leadership Development Program. More information can be found on the Leadership Development Program page.

For the cohort that will be accepted in fall 2019, these participants and all cohorts thereafter will also be required to take the course, USC 298: Introduction to Civic Engagement & Social Change.

After 200 civic engagement hours, students will present on their experience in the yearly capstone presentation where members of the NC State and local communities are invited to engage with our scholars and learn from the students’ insights and experiences.