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Service Scholars

Classification: First Year

The Award:

For students with a demonstrated commitment to service in their communities. They are creative individuals with a strong understanding of principles of community engagement and a desire to learn from their experiences. Recipients are comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds and open to ideas that may differ from their own. At Meredith, recipients participate in a specialized learning community. Scholars reflect critically about the causes of various societal issues and engage in conversations about solutions with their peers, campus leaders, and partner organizations. Scholars will lead service opportunities on and off campus

How to Apply:

Apply online* or submit the paper application and recommendation form. The scholarship deadline is January 15th. 
*If you choose to use the electronic version, log in using the Admissions Applicant Portal Temporary PIN or password you established after you submitted your application for admission to the College.

Details:

The Service Scholarship recipients will be selected based upon a demonstrated deep commitment to service in their communities. These students will be creative individuals that have a strong understanding of principles of community engagement and a desire to learn from their experiences. They will be comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds and open to ideas that may differ from their own. Throughout their time at Meredith, recipients will participate in a specialized learning community: they will take courses in a variety of disciplines, reflect critically about the root causes of various societal issues, and will engage in creating solutions with their partner organizations toward the goal of social justice for the communities with which they serve. 

Upon graduation, Service Scholarship students will be strong candidates for careers in a number of disciplines and/or graduate school because of the skills gained throughout the program and their first-hand work experience with a variety of community organizations. They will be well-prepared because their critical thinking skills will be polished through regular reflection and leadership opportunities within the cohort and with their community partners. 

In addition to an enriched learning experience, a Service Scholarship recipient receives a $500 scholarship per year, renewable for up to eight semesters. 

Requirements for the Service Scholarship:

  • Required number of hours in the community: 20/semester (40/year); students will self-select their community service sites, but will be required to rotate their efforts to focus on at least three community issues during their eight semesters in the program.
  • On-Campus Service-Learning Programming: Assist with the facilitation of one on-campus, service-learning program per semester. 
  • Critical Reflection: Students will be required to participate in critical reflection two times throughout each school year; sessions will be led by a member Service Scholars Program staff. These sessions may include guest speakers to highlight specific issues related to service or guided reflection of students’ individual volunteer experiences.
  • FYE Section specific for Service Scholars (required for first year Scholars) - in this section there will be time devoted to orienting students to community engagement and cultural competency training to prepare for service placements; students will also make contacts and begin their placements for their first year.
Selection Criteria:

Applicants for Service Scholarship must meet the following criteria: 

  1.  Exhibit a demonstrated commitment to their community 
  2. Meet the following academic criteria demonstrating academic ability and potential:
  • An unweighted minimum high school GPA of 3.4
  • A combined minimum SAT score of 1140 (EBRW+M) OR an ACT score of 23 OR inclusion in the top 10% of their class.



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