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Special Interest Award in Community Engagement

The Special Interest Award in Community Engagement program supports the Wittenberg mission by engaging student scholars in service to the community, developing in them a deeper sense of social awareness, increasing their understanding of service and leadership that advances the common good, helping them to discern their calling and become lifelong engaged citizens.

Criteria: Awards will be made to students who have maintained a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher, demonstrate a sustained commitment to community service, take initiative and leadership roles in conjunction with their service and display an interest in key civic and urban issues through direct involvement in their community.

Amount: $2,000 per year for a total of $8,000 over four years.

Guidelines: By December 15th, students must submit the Special Interest Award in Community Engagement application, write a personal essay exhibiting the criteria stipulated, include a typed document of community service-related activities and experience, and include one letter of recommendation from someone familiar with the applicant's community involvement. Upon acceptance to Wittenberg University, finalists will be selected for an interview.

Deadline to Apply: December 15

Expectations: Community Engagement Scholars must complete 20 hours/semester of service to the greater Springfield community, participate in educational and enrichment activities, serve as advocates for community engagement on campus, design and implement a community engagement project and reflect on the connection between their experience and the liberal arts education. If all service expectations are met, the award is renewable annually based on maintaining a 2.75 cumulative GPA and good academic and social standing.

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If you have any questions or concerns, contact Kelsey Ellis at or 937-327-6317.

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