University of Delaware

Service-Learning Scholars

Service-Learning Scholarships provide highly motivated students the opportunity to immerse themselves in a service-learning or community-based research project for ten weeks during the summer in a setting outside of the classroom. Scholars work with 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.

2018 Service Learning Scholar Application Process

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.

Apply using the online application today.

Proposals Due

March 1, 2018; Awards Announced April 2, 2018.


Contact Susan Serra, Assistant Director of Service Learning, Community Engagement Initiative.

Funds Available

Service-Learning Scholars receive a $3,500 stipend.

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 form in which they must provide their personal demographic information and upload a labeled one-page essay describing how this project connects to their academic and career plans

Once the team leader submits, faculty will receive an email with a link to upload their recommendation online. Only one recommendation letter is needed per team.

Early Decision

Scholars who intend to earn credits in Spring 2018 as preparation for their summer service experience may apply for Early Decision and receive provisional approval within a month. The online application opens November 1 and the Early Decision deadline is January 15, 2018. Please indicate in your 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.

Community Partner Letter of Support

Community Partners should indicate their support by emailing Susan Serra prior to the deadline.