Civic Engagement Scholars program accepting applications; 100 2010-11 scholars announced

A commitment to the community and a dedication to learning are two defining characteristics of Case Western Reserve University, and those two qualities are the backbone of the Civic Engagement Scholars program, which is accepting applications now through Sept. 15.

Now in its second year, Civic Engagement Scholars is a project coordinated by the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) in which students serve at least 50 hours of community service at nonprofit organizations and local schools in Cleveland and East Cleveland. Participants also take part in seminars and workshops to learn more about community issues, build civic identity and understand their role in the world.

But to receive the Civic Engagement Scholar certificate, students must maintain good academic standing throughout the year.

The program aims to foster relationships between students and the Greater Cleveland community, help students become more active and involved in community issues and to recognize those who perform outstanding service.

“The Civic Engagement Scholars are great ambassadors for the university’s commitment to Cleveland,” said CCEL director Betsy Banks. “The program motivates students to make a longer-term commitment to a community partner organization. It’s a terrific way to get involved and we really appreciate the dedication of our students as well as the organizations that host them.”

During the 2010-11 school year, 100 students completed the Civic Engagement Scholars’ pilot program and received the Certificate of Distinguished Service from President Barbara R. Snyder. The scholars contributed more than 6,300 community service hours at 30 different nonprofit organizations and schools in the area. A full list of the scholars and their primary volunteer sites can be viewed online.

To learn more about the program, visit