Community Engaged Scholars

The Community Engaged Scholar honor is one of five academic recognitions available to graduating students at UNC Asheville. It provides the opportunity for students to become deeply involved in service learning in Asheville and Western North Carolina and receive recognition for their efforts.


  • Complete six or more academic credit hours in service-learning designated courses (usually two courses). They are indicated by an SL notation beside the course listed on the Registrar’s website. You must earn a grade of B- or above in each course.
  • Complete a Communtiy Engaged Scholar Workshop (in person with quiz, dates listed below)
  • Complete a Community Engaged Project (CEP) with a local non-profit agency that directly responds to a need identified by that agency. Need ideas for topics? Read past papers to get an idea of potential projects (see Journal of Undergraduate Public Service Projects content below).
  • Complete a 5-page paper (single-spaced) that outlines the CEP, including the learning that came from it.
  • Present the CEP at a Celebration of Community Engaged Learning (scheduled at the end of each fall and spring semester). Do

Complete the Community Engaged Scholar Application form.

*This is not intended to be completed in one semester. Approval to do so, because of special circumstances, may be requested. 

Journal of Undergraduate Research Public Service Projects

The Journal of Undergraduate Public Service Projects publishes the work of approved Community Engaged Scholars at UNC Asheville. The papers discuss the projects’ origins, challenges, outcomes, and sustainability. They are designed to be helpful to future students who undertake Public Service Projects and faculty who advise them.

Download the guidelines for formatting your paper.

Recent Projects

Volume VII, 2018, Issue I