Emory & Henry Civic Leader Scholars at Sprouting Hope Garden.

Civic Leader Scholars

Joining Service and Leadership

The Civic Leader Scholars Program at Emory & Henry College is a renewable, four-year scholarship for incoming first-year and transfer undergraduate students. In addition to receiving financial aid, Civic Leader Scholars will participate in on-going civic engagement projects, community-building, reflections, trainings, and leadership development.

Civic Leadership Retreat

Held each fall for students at Emory & Henry College, this retreat gives students, faculty, and staff the chance to build community and begin developing the skills necessary to be effective leaders in their civic work.  The retreat is off campus and gives new students a great opportunity to learn more about the surrounding region and the communities in which we serve

Sustainable Development Community Project

The Sustainable Development Community Project is designed to introduce first-year Scholars to the rich and varied assets of communities of Southwest Virginia while also addressing a social issue or question.  As a team, Scholars will learn from one or more non-profit organizations in the region, collaboratively developing a project that addresses a sustainable development need in the community. The project will develop over the course of the year and may continue in forthcoming years.

Program Highlights

Each year, Scholars will be awarded a renewable scholarship. In order to maintain the scholarship, Scholars must maintain a 3.0 grade point average, attend the annual Civic Leadership Retreat, and demonstrate active participation in community projects and on-campus leadership.  Each year, scholars must also:

During Year One

  • Participate in the annual Retreat
  • Participate in the Sustainable Development Community Project
  • Participate in on-campus leadership initiatives
  • Begin work on a Civic Leader Scholars portfolio on PebblePad. Write a civic identity statement

During Year Two

  • Participate in the annual Retreat, leading a team-building exercise
  • Identify one or more non-profit organization(s) with which to partner and begin planning a civic project
  • Participate in on-campus leadership initiatives
  • Continue developing Civic Leader Scholars portfolio. Write a civic goals statement

During Year Three

  • Participate in the annual Retreat, leading a workshop
  • Continue partnering with non-profit organization(s) to begin enacting a civic project
  • Participate in on-campus leadership initiatives
  • Continue developing Civic Leader Scholars portfolio. Write a civic leadership statement

During Year Four

  • Participate in the annual Retreat, leading a workshop
  • Continue partnering with non-profit organization(s) and begin wrapping up civic project and/or providing sustainability. Create evaluative report.
  • Participate in on-campus leadership initiatives
  • Complete Civic Leader Scholars portfolio. Write a senior civic leadership thesis

Apply to be a Civic Leader Scholar