The Civic Engagement Scholars program is open to undergraduate and graduate students at Case Western Reserve University. In order to receive the Civic Engagement Scholars certificate, students must meet the following requirements between August 22, 2019 and May 8, 2020. Scholars keep track of these program requirements through the Civic Engagement Scholars checklist.

Program Requirements

The Civic Engagement Scholars program requirements are designed to promote high impact community engagement and are modeled after the "Triangle of Quality Community Service" which include service, education, and reflection. Each component is explained in more detail below.

Service (50 hours total)

  1. 50 service hours total
  2. The 50 hours must include 20 hours at one organization

Students complete a minimum of 50 community service hours throughout the course of the program that all benefit non-CWRU nonprofits, schools, or public agencies. Of the 50 hours required, a minimum of 20 service hours must be performed at one "primary site" which is defined as a nonprofit organization, school, or public agency in the Cleveland area. The remaining service hours may be completed in a variety of ways.

For more information about service hours, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page. If you do not have a primary site in mind, our list of potential partner sites is a good starting point for finding a match with an organization and activity that interests you.

Education (4 programs total)

  1. Fall All-Scholars Kick-Off
  2. Spring All-Scholars Social Justice Teach-In
  3. Scholars Educational Electives (2)

Civic Engagement Scholars attend two All-Scholars Educational Events during the academic year, the Fall Educational Event and the Spring Social Justice Teach-In (Saturday, February 8, 2020), which are coordinated by the CCEL office and address topics related to civic engagement and social justice. 

In addition to the All-Scholars trainings, students will identify and attend two Scholars Educational Electives, which are programs/events of their choice that provide education around one of the following learning themes: Community Issues, Social Justice, or Cleveland. Scholars can refer to this menu of options for program ideas, or they can identify other opportunities that fit with the learning themes. 


  1. Reflections about the 2 Scholars Educational Electives
  2. Scholars Program Reflection on community service and cumulative learning from the program

Reflection about the meaning and value of community engagement is an important component of the Civic Engagement Scholars program. Scholars submit written reflections about what they learned from their chosen Scholars Educational Electives through the Scholars Checklist. They also complete a program reflection about their community service experiences and their cumulative learning from the program.

Additional Information

For more information about the Civic Engagement Scholars program, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page or