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The Civic Scholars Program recognizes and supports students who are entering Norwich University as first year or transfer students with a demonstrated commitment to public service. Fifteen incoming students are chosen each year.
Scholars engage in meaningful service for 6-8 hours per week in the Northfield and Central Vermont communities and are eligible to receive a $3,000 scholarship each year they are involved.
This program is open to all first-year eligible students, regardless of lifestyle, and provides both personal and professional leadership development training. Topics covered include: public speaking, event planning, personal financial management, interpersonal communication, time management, and more.
First Year: Serving 200 hours as Service-Learners, time is focused on scholars to immerse themselves in organizations or causes that are personally meaningful.
Second Year: Serving 150 hours as Public Service Leaders in Training, scholars will assume more responsibility as volunteer recruiters, perform direct service, and begin shadowing current student leaders.
Third Year: Serving 100 hours as Leaders in Service, scholars will assume more responsibility, lead service-oriented initiatives, programs, services, and events while leading teams and delegating when appropriate.
Fourth Year: Serving 50 hours as Peer Mentors and Service Advisors to upcoming Leaders in Service.
Minimum Eligibility Requirements:
- Incoming freshman or transfer student.
- Minimum GPA of 2.5.
- Documented track record of volunteer and/or service-learning experience.
- Letter of recommendation from a volunteer or service-learning supervisor.
- Professional résumé outlining work and volunteer experience.
- Letter of interest from the applicant.