Engaged Service Scholars

Applications Opening in Fall 2018

ESS Overview

The Engaged Service 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.

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

Apply to be an Engaged Service Scholar

Students with a passion for civic engagement and public service are encouraged to apply to become an Engaged Service Scholar! Applications will be available in fall 2018. A new community of scholars will start Spring of 2019. We also encourage you to attend an information session for more info:

Information Sessions

More dates and details will be coming soon. Keep checking the website for more information, and subscribe to our newsletter to stay posted with news from our office.

Missed an information session? Check out the ESS Program Information Slide Show

Past Events


Advocacy and Influencing Policy

Date: April 20, 2017

Time: 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Location: Woodward Student Involvement Center, Talley Student Union

Join us for a two-part interactive program with a moderated interactive panel and small group discussion with advocates sharing the ins and outs of how to connect, meet, and influence policy makers and legislators at the local, state, and national levels of government. Light refreshments will be served. Priority admittance goes to Engaged Service Scholars, but others are encouraged to attend.