Civic Engagement Scholars

Now in its eleventh year, the Civic Engagement Scholars program, hosted by the Center for Civic Engagement & Learning (CCEL) and co-created with CWRU President Barbara R. Snyder, promotes and recognizes meaningful student involvement in the community. 

Three Civic Engagement Scholars at a Reception with Case Western Reserve University President, Barbara Snyder

Program Goals

  • To create an experiential learning program that promotes active citizenship, responsible engagement, and allows students to develop a deeper understanding of community issues and ways to create social change

  • To foster connections between Case Western Reserve University students and their surrounding communities

  • To create mutually beneficial opportunities for students to participate in meaningful civic engagement experiences with local agencies, schools, and nonprofit organizations

  • To recognize students who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to civic engagement 

At the beginning of each academic year, students complete an enrollment form indicating that they would like to become a Civic Engagement Scholar. Throughout that academic year, they commit to completing at least 20 civic engagement hours in their choice of direct service, advocacy, philanthropy, political involvement, and more, while also participating in monthly educational events about these different forms of civic engagement and submitting a final year-end written reflection.

Program Requirements

All of the Scholars requirements can be completed remotely during the 2020-2021 academic year, and CCEL will serve as a resource to students in locating activities that satisfy the below program components. Students studying either on-campus or remotely are eligible to participate, and required educational events will be conducted virtually.

  • Engagement: Complete a minimum of 20 civic engagement hours in alignment with the eligible activities on the program requirements page.
  • Education: Participate in a monthly educational event, selecting from a predetermined road map of options, related to the form of civic engagement CCEL is spotlighting each month. Scholars complete 6 educational events total over the course of the academic year with each event lasting approximately 1.5 hours.
  • Reflection: Complete a year-end written reflection via a CampusGroups form that will be emailed to Scholars in April to reflect on the different aspects of the Scholars experience.

Learn more about the program requirements.

Students who meet the program’s criteria will receive a micro-credential from the Provost’s Office at the end of the academic year recognizing their commitment to community.

Both undergraduate and graduate students of all academic years and majors are eligible to become Civic Engagement Scholars, and many students elect to participate in the program multiple years. The program is open to students studying remotely or on-campus. For more information, please refer to the program requirements or contact with questions.

Registration for the 2020-2021 Civic Engagement Scholars program is now closed. Please stay tuned for next year's enrollment form to become available in August 2021 to become a 2021-2022 Civic Engagement Scholar. Thank you for your interest in participating!

*Above photo was taken prior to the pandemic and the resulting social distancing/mask mandates.