Current Students

Community Service

Service is at the heart of the Judy Genshaft Honors College. Care and concern for others motivates the administration, faculty and staff of the College, but we also seek to model for students how intellectually and professionally rewarding service can be. We want to demonstrate that service is a form of learning — one that can last your entire life, and extend beyond the four walls of the classroom.

The people, places, and ideas present in our community — local or global — offer lessons that complement and reinforce those acquired on campus. Embarking on a service project with a partner organization in the community allows us to learn from our experiences there, while also lending our abilities, knowledge, skills, and perspectives for the public good.

In our College, "service" means that you are participating with an established community partner in an organized activity that meets identified community needs, and are reflecting on the activity in such a way as to gain further understanding of social problem-solving, civic responsibility, and your own personal, interpersonal, and academic development.


  • Complete the Honors College Community Service Canvas course before and during your service experience. Join the course here. You must pass the course with a grade of 80% or higher in order to receive credit for course completion. Learning Outcomes include:
    • Understand the value of community service to you and your partner;
    • Help you find an organization match;
    • Prepare you to be an ethical and engaged partner;
    • Demonstrate the value of reflecting on your experiences;
    • Document your service hours so that you may receive your $600 Honors scholarship.

  • Submit documentation of service hours. Students who joined the Judy Genshaft Honors College as freshmen are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of service during the time they are enrolled as undergraduates. Transfer/continuing students must complete a minimum of 25 service hours upon admission to the Judy Genshaft Honors College.


  • Find a partner and begin your service as soon as possible. Your service project could influence your choice of major, inspire your research, or impact your future career — so don't delay! Embark on this journey now so you can reap the rewards (and the scholarship money) sooner.

  • Complete all of your hours with one organization if possible. Sustained involvement results in better relationships with your community partner, more effective service work, and improved learning for students.