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Community Service Scholarship

Terms and Conditions

The Community Service Scholarship Program was established to recognize students who have made a significant voluntary contribution to their communities and exhibit strong academic records. It is the University’s hope and expectation that Community Service Scholars will continue to serve their communities and their state while enrolled at UVM. Community Service Scholars become members of an organized student group, supported by the Dewey House for Community Engagement, upon arrival at UVM.

Renewal Eligibility

In order to retain your scholarship, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Remain a full time student (defined as enrolling in a minimum of twelve or more credits per semester). Enrolling at less than full-time will result in withdrawal of your scholarship for that semester. Reinstatement for future semesters will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. You must also maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5, evaluated at the end of each academic year. Scholarships will be withdrawn for students who have not met the scholarship requirements. Academic achievement leading to a cumulative GPA above a 2.5 in the future will result in scholarship reinstatement the following academic year. Your scholarship is a revocable award from the University.
  2. Complete 80 hours of community service per year, which may be completed between September-August through community service, academic service-learning, community-based work-study, and other activities. Students who fail to complete the 80 hours between September-August will be afforded a probationary period after which the scholarship will be withdrawn if the hours are not made up during the next semester in addition to subsequent years' hourly service requirements. Scholars are required to track their completed service hours in a designated web portal as well as submit a reflection on the first of every month. Monthly written reflections are required and three late submissions will result in a probationary period. Failure to meet log and reflection deadlines can result in probation and termination of the scholarship.
  3. First year scholars are required to participate in a residential program (Dewey House for Community Engagement) and enroll and participate in 2 one-credit seminars across the academic year (SWSS 008). Failure to participate will result in immediate dismissal from the program.
  4. Second year or returning Dewey scholars are required to enroll and participate in 2 one-credit seminars across the academic year (SWSS 058). Failure to participate will result in immediate dismissal from the program.
Community Service Requirements

It is our expectation that Community Service Award recipients will continue a commitment to leadership and community service during their undergraduate years at UVM. By accepting this scholarship you are committing to complete a minimum of 80 hours of community service per year. You are also pledging your contribution to the Community Service Scholarship Program as a group by committing to live in the Dewey House for Community Engagement and by completing all academic components. You will meet with your program advisor at the beginning of each semester to discuss your service goals. By the first of each month, you will be required to log your hours and write a brief reflective essay, detailing your service accomplishments.

Length of Scholarship

First year students may receive this scholarship for a total of eight semesters or until you graduate, whichever comes first. Returning Dewey House students may receive this scholarship for a total of six semesters or until you graduate, whichever comes first.

Gift Aid Tolerance

Your scholarship award may be reduced or cancelled if total gift aid (including grants, scholarships, employer tuition benefits, and VA educational benefits) exceeds the total cost of attendance as defined by the University.

Study Abroad & Summer Session
This scholarship may not be used to attend summer session classes. However, you may use your scholarship to study abroad for up to two consecutive semesters in a UVM internal exchange program.

Leaves of Absence, Withdrawing & Less Than Full-Time Enrollment

You may take an approved Leave of Absence from the University for up to two consecutive semesters and retain your scholarship when you return. Your scholarship will not be reinstated if you choose to withdraw, become inactive, are suspended or dismissed from the University.

Enrolling at less than full-time will result in withdrawal of your scholarship for that semester. Reinstatement for future semesters will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

How to Accept Your Scholarship

You may accept your scholarship by returning your UVM Community Service Scholarship contract and paying your admission acceptance fee by the date indicated in your letter of Admission. Visit www.uvm.edu/admissions/appstatus to pay your admissions acceptance fee.

Last modified February 19 2015 12:04 PM

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