Service-Learning Scholars

2016 Service Learning Scholar Application Process

Proposals: Due March 1, 2016; Awards Announced April 1, 2016.
Contact Susan Serra, Office of Service-Learning

Click here for the application.

Note regarding Team applications: Students, with support of their faculty mentor, may apply as 2-3 person teams. To do so, students must choose a team leader to complete the application. In the application the team leader will list the name and email address of other team members. The team leader will upload a PDF of the proposal which should include a 2-3 page project description with bibliography, project timeline, and a one-page essay (with name on the top) from EACH team member discussing how this project connects to their academic and career goals.  Once the application is submitted team members 2 (and 3) will receive an email with a link to a google form in which they must provide their personal demographic information.  Faculty will receive an email with a link to submit their recommendation online.  Only one recommendation letter is needed per team.

Note regarding Early Decision: Scholars who intend to earn credits in Spring 2016 as preparation for their summer service experience may apply for Early Decision and receive provisional approval within a month.  The on-line application opens November 1 and the Early Decision deadline is January 15, 2016. Please indicate on the application that you wish to be considered for Early Decision and include a description of your spring semester plans. Early Decision awards will be announced by February 1.

Note regarding Community Partner Letter of Support: Community Partners should indicate their support through an email to Susan Serra by the deadline.

List of 2015 Scholars

Amy Hopkins partnered with the Delaware Coalition against Domestic Violence—read one of her articles in Our Independence

Aaron King and Matt Rojas partnered with West Side Grows Together on the Better Block project.

Amira Idris and Manuela Restropo completed their summer working with The Perry Initiative on the development of a new arthroscopic knee surgery module

Katie Bonanno and Celebrating our Stories

Service Learning Scholar Program Description

Service-Learning Scholarships provide highly motivated students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a service-learning or community-based research project for ten weeks in the summer in a setting outside of the classroom. Scholars work in a Delaware community agency (non-profit, governmental, community-based action research, or service-based corporate activity) and simultaneously pursue academic reflection under the guidance of a UD faculty mentor. In this immersion-learning experience, students spend the bulk of their week working in the community and one-quarter of their time in academic reading, discussion, and reflection.

Projects may be conducted in any major. Strong proposals will connect to the faculty mentor's teaching or research. Proposals will explain the goals of the project, the questions you seek to answer by the combination of service and reflection, and the purposes of the service portion of the project.

The reflective portion of the proposal includes a preliminary bibliography and addresses questions in terms appropriate to the academic discipline(s) in which the project is being conducted. The end product of this project might be a written document (technical report, feature article, academic paper, journal, etc) or a presentation.

Funds Available: Service-Learning Scholars receive a $3,000 stipend and an additional $500 housing.

Undergraduate Research and Service Celebratory Symposium: The sixth annual University of Delaware Undergraduate Research and Service Celebratory Symposium is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 9 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The Symposium showcases the work of about 300 Undergraduate Research and Service Learning Scholars, representing every college and discipline. This event is free and open to the public.

Past programs can be viewed below:

Program 2012
Program 2011
Program 2010
Prior to 2010, each Scholar program hosted its own end of summer Symposium.  Programs for the Service Learning Scholars are below:

Program 2009
Program 2008
Program 2007
Program 2006
Program 2005