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The Community Service Scholars Program (CSS), established in 2007, is a four year developmental scholarship that deeply engages incoming freshmen who performed exceptional community service in high school and commit to continued service during their college experience. This program combines practical experience, ongoing training and reflection activities, mentorship and opportunities to collaborate with other student leaders and community agencies to learn about and support sustainable community development.
The Community Service Scholars Program is designed to specifically encourage a public service culture on campus and increase the number of socially responsible Tulane students who are effective and passionate student leaders in their communities. In addition, CSS students are tasked with providing opportunities for their peers to engage deeply with community issues. This program also advances cooperative thinking and coordinated action among student-led initiatives on a larger scale. Staff of the Center for Public Service oversee and advise the program. However, the Tulane Service Scholars Leadership Team and several family scholar groups work together to plan activities, service projects, as well as maintain the standards for participating in the program.
In order to maintain the scholarship and to successfully complete the Service Scholar Program, Service Scholars are expected to:Maintain a GPA of at least a 2.7 (4.0 scale) every semester
Complete at least 50 service hours each academic year (fall & spring semesters) and a total of 200 hours over four years
Participate in annual school-wide initiatives including: Outreach Tulane, MLK Week for Peace, Make a Difference Week, and Tulane Volunteer Week
Submit service logs and reflection essays throughout each semester
Participate in a mentoring and training program: monthly group sessions, enrichment opportunities, etc.
Maintain a responsible and professional relationship with campus and community-based organizations that include representing the Center of Public Service and Tulane University, and fulfill project expectations as designated by the campus/community organization
Communicate with service adviser, mentor(s), peer group and service agency to identify your challenges and successes, developmental growth and future goals
Attend an orientation and evaluation session at the beginning and end of each year
Follow the approved scholar developmental model that challenges and supports the scholar’s social awareness and leadership abilities.
The Scholarship Selection Committee is looking for students committee is looking for students with a passion for community service and a commitment to making a positive impact on Tulane University and local communities while in college. In addition, academic qualifications and demonstrated financial need will be taken into consideration and is a requirement for obtaining this scholarship. The committee recognizes that individuals may serve others in traditional and innovative ways and is interested in discovering the motivation, compassion, skill set and commitment needed to be effective in serving others and organizing communities.
Indicators that will be used to evaluate each application include: demonstrated leadership, involvement in school and faith based-related activities, community service, employment history, written essays, and letter(s) of recommendation.