FAQs

The deadline to apply for the Civic Engagement Scholars Program is Sunday, September 22, 2020 by 11:59 p.m. Students have between August 22, 2019 and May 8, 2020 to complete the program requirements and submit all necessary paperwork. All successful scholars will be recognized by Case Western Reserve University President Barbara Snyder at the Scholars recognition ceremony on Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

You can declare your primary site, log your hours, and submit your community-focused programs and final reflection through the Scholars Checklist.

If you do not have a primary site in mind, our resources for identifying potential partner sites is a good starting point. You can set up a community service advising meeting with CCEL to discuss your interests, and we can provide you with some recommendations. Email commservice@case.edu if you would like to set-up a meeting.

At least 20 hours must be performed at one nonprofit organization, school, or public agency in the Cleveland community, which is called your "primary site." The remaining 30 hours can be completed in a number of other ways and all must benefit non-CWRU nonprofits, schools, or public agencies (this remaining 30 hours does not have to be completed in the Cleveland area). Some options include:

  • Complete all 50 hours at the same nonprofit organization or school. Many agencies are happy to work with committed volunteers who are able to dedicate a significant amount of time to their organizations.
  • Participate in on-campus service events that benefit a nonprofit or school (e.g. volunteer at Relay For Life, make blankets for Project Linus, make cards for Rainbow Babies, etc). Being a participant in philanthropy activities (e.g. walks, dances, dinners) will not count towards the Scholars service requirement unless Scholars are volunteers at these events assisting with setup, cleanup, event staffing, etc.
  • Volunteer through the CCEL Serves program. Students can select one CCEL Serves site as their primary site, or do extra hours at various CCEL Serves sites.
  • Participate in service days including the CCEL New Student Service Day, Graduate Service Event, or Saturdays of Service.
  • Donate blood at an American Red Cross blood drive. Students can earn one service hour per blood drive donation.
  • Volunteer at an American Red Cross blood drive.

Here's a summary of what can and cannot count towards your Scholars service requirement. Contact adrian.griffin@case.edu for requests related to counting research hours.

What can count as service hours:

  • Time spent volunteering with a nonprofit, school or public agency
  • Time spent traveling to the service site, within reason, in a bus or vehicle
  • Time spent at trainings or orientations that are required by the nonprofit or school
  • Time volunteering during fall/winter/spring break in your hometown or abroad (non-primary site hours)
  • Work-study or credit-bearing time at a nonprofit or school (up to 20 hours)

What cannot count as service hours:

  • Time spent participating in philanthropy activities (running at a charity race, donating cans to a food drive, etc)
  • Time spent in student organization business or general body meetings
  • Time spent shadowing a professional or at an organization
  • Time spent volunteering at a family business or at a for profit company

Students receiving a stipend, course credit (e.g. nursing clinicals, service-learning courses), or work-study (e.g. AmericaReads, Project STEP-UP) for their time at a nonprofit or school may count up to 20 of these hours toward the 50-hour service requirement. On your Scholars Checklist timesheet, be sure to check the "compensated/credit" box next to those hours.

A Scholars Educational Elective is an educational program that furthers your knowledge or understanding of one or more of the Scholars learning outcomes. Scholars must attend at least 2 Scholars Educational Electives during the academic year, and write a short reflection about what they learned at each program, which is submitted through the Scholars Checklist. This website provides the broad topic areas of electives, but programs do not have to be pre-approved by CCEL.

Please note, the Scholars fall kick-off and spring Social Justice Teach-In DO NOT count as Scholars electives, since they are required All-Scholars trainings.

The Civic Engagement Scholars program permits you to count these hours—as long as they meet the Scholars program criteria and guidelines.

One of the main goals of the Civic Engagement Scholars program is to foster connections between students at Case Western Reserve University and members of the Greater Cleveland community. Although volunteer service is valuable in any part of the world, as residents of Cleveland, civic engagement scholars are expected to contribute a significant amount of time to the local community.

Service hours performed before August 22, 2019 will not count toward the 50 service-hour requirement for this year's Scholars program. If you participated in the CCEL New Student Service Day during Orientation Week on August 22, you may count those service hours.