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 enrolled in either the B.A. in Civic Innovation program or the 5-year B.A/M.A in Community and Organizational Leadership degree programs, or who have a strong interest in civic engagement. 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.
Civic Landscape Project
The Civic Landscape Project is designed to introduce you to the rich and varied ways in which people and communities of Southwest Virginia address social problems or questions in this region. Scholars will visit a variety of non-profit organizations in the region, giving scholars the chance to meet with non-profit leaders, learn about careers in the field, and discover ways they can stay involved.
Each year, students selected in the interview process are awarded a renewable scholarship and a place as a Civic Leader Scholar. In order to maintain the scholarship, scholars must remain enrolled in either the Civic Innovation or Community and Organizational Leadership degree program at Emory & Henry College or have a strong interest in civic engagement, maintain a 3.0 grade point average, attend the annual Civic Leadership Retreat, and participate in on-going reflection and training. Each year, scholars must also:
During Year One
Participate in the Civic Landscape Project
Write a civic identity statement – exploring central questions of your values and what social justice issues the scholar wishes to pursue
During Year Two
Identify a non-profit organization and/or civic project and serve at least 5 hours per week at the agency
Write a civic goals statement – exploring broader academic and professional aspirations and how the program can help accomplish them
During Year Three
Work with non-profit organization to develop a project that will require the scholar to conduct research, develop materials/resources, and train volunteers
Write a civic leadership statement – exploring central ideas of leadership and professional aspirations
During Year Four
Develop a major senior project that will require rigorous research, leadership, and program development on behalf of the senior
Write a senior thesis – involving community-based, action-oriented research that addresses the scholar’s social justice/professional goals or questions