Engaged Service Scholars

Now reviewing applications for Spring 2018

ESS Overview

The Engaged Service Scholars program provides students opportunities to expand upon the role of service in their lives through skill-based training, leadership development and service-learning projects. Students are encouraged to look beyond volunteerism and reflect on how civic engagement and involvement with student organizations, the community, undergraduate research, and advocacy contribute to more informed and engaged society. The program strives to enrich service experiences through reflection and recognition, while encouraging students to continue their engagement in civic engagement post graduation.

Program Details

The program challenges students to explore and discover new ways in which they can apply service to their academic and postgraduate career by fostering civic engagement between the university, its students and its community, and by cultivating involvement and relationships at a local and global level.  Students will complete 200 civic engagement hours during their enrollment of the program in four areas:

  • Direct Service
  • Indirect Service & Capacity Building
  • Community Research
  • Advocacy & Activism

Students enrolled in the Engaged Service Scholars program attend skills training workshops offered during the year that focus on developing the students’ skills in these four areas. Previous workshops included a focus on Advocacy and Influencing Policymakers and grant writing to advance the work of non-profit organizations.

Students also will be required to complete the foundations path of the Leadership Development Program. More information can be found on the Leadership Development Program page.

After 200 civic engagement hours, students will present on their experience in the yearly capstone presentation. Where members of the NC State and local community are invited to engage with our scholars and learn from the students’ insights and experiences.

Apply to be an Engaged Service Scholar

Students with a passion for civic engagement and public service are encouraged to apply to become an Engaged Service Scholar! Applications are live from October 9th, 2017 to November 13th, 2017. Applications are available and must be completed by November 20th: ESS program application A new community of scholars will start Spring of 2018. We also encourage you to attend an information session for more info:

Information Sessions

Thursday, October 26 4:30–5:30 pm Talley 3221
Friday, October 27 12:00–1:00 pm Talley 4101
Monday, October 30 4:30–5:30 pm Talley 3222
Tuesday, October 31 12:00–1:00 pm  Talley 3221


Missed an information session? Check out the ESS Program Information Slide Show

Past Events


Advocacy and Influencing Policy

Date: April 20, 2017

Time: 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Location: Woodward Student Involvement Center, Talley Student Union

Join us for a two-part interactive program with a moderated interactive panel and small group discussion with advocates sharing the ins and outs of how to connect, meet, and influence policy makers and legislators at the local, state, and national levels of government. Light refreshments will be served. Priority admittance goes to Engaged Service Scholars, but others are encouraged to attend.