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Service Scholar Program


Civic Engagement, Critical Reflection, Scholarship

Students in the Service Scholar program receive exposure to community engagement initiatives through designated service activities, service learning courses and selected on campus events.

Program Mission: The mission of the Owens Community College program is to provide an opportunity for students to become civically engaged in their communities while building academic skills.

Students in the Service Scholar program must complete an application and schedule an appointment with director, Krista Kiessling, krista_kiessling@owens.edu (567) 661-2275.

Download the Service Scholar Program Application.

Service Scholar Requirements:

  • Log and submit all service hours to the Center for Campus and Community Connections (CCCC).
  • Maintain records, paperwork and contact information related to the chosen community partner organization(s).
  • Maintain communication with the program director and faculty representative
  • Maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA — academic status verified by the CCCC at the end of each semester.
  • Complete at least 40 hours of community service related to degree or course of study learning outcomes OR enroll in two courses with an embedded service-learning requirement (TBD by instructor or self-designed for Service Scholar credit.) OR participate in community engaged learning that is embedded into a degree program (i.e. dental hygiene, nursing, etc.).

Select a Community Partner Site:

The Center for Campus and Community Connections (CCCC), maintains a database of Community Partner Organizations. Service scholars can also meet with Krista Kiessling and research local organizations and find relevant community organizations to work with while completing the requirements of the Service Scholar program. The CCCC is here to help you research organizations and find a meaningful partnership.

Service Logs:

Service logs are used to document the hours served with your community partner. These logs should be kept in a safe location. Logs can also be kept on file in the Center for Campus and Community Connections. We will be working toward an option for online submission of service hours. Stay tuned.

Program Completion:

Upon completion of all program requirements students will be invited to attend the Academic Awards Reception, will receive a certificate of completion and a red, white and silver cord to wear at commencement. Service Scholars will be recognized during commencement and will have a notation of service scholarship on their Owens transcript.