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Bennion Center Scholars apply their academic interests to meet a real social concern through a Capstone Project with a community partner and faculty mentor. Courage and optimism sustain Scholars’ endeavors to learn through inclusive collaboration on projects that support and develop innovative action within all communities. Bennion Center Scholars stand out as leaders who strive to impact their communities for the better.

What You'll Learn

Civic Skills

Abilities developed and utilized to influence positive community change.

Civic Awareness

A cognizance of the interconnectedness among individuals, society, and systems.

Civic Habits

Regular behavior related to community engagement.

Civic Values

The desires and beliefs related to social responsibility.

Admission Requirements

  • 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • At least two full academic years left until graduation (you can have more and apply earlier)
  • A desire to make a positive difference in your world!

Program Requirements

Service hours must meet a recognized community need through a non-profit agency or group, provide service to the University community, or assist an individual person in need. Service must be performed without an hourly wage or receiving academic credit.

100 of the 400 hours are designated for the completion of the Capstone Project.

Required 3-credit Intro to Civic Leadership Course (UGS 2030) offered Fall Semester Only

Required 3-credit Capstone Course (UGS 3025) offered Spring Semester Only. This course requires a permission code to register and should be taken after completing the Intro to Civic Leadership course.

At least 4 credits of additional Community Engaged Learning (CEL) coursework of the Scholar’s choosing. Any prior Community Engaged Learning credits may be applied to the program requirements. In order to receive credit, the class must have a CEL designation in the "Course Attributes" column of the online course catalog.

The Capstone Project is the culminating activity of the Scholars Program. It must integrate the Scholar’s academic interests (major/minor), skills, passion, and knowledge with substantively addressing a particular community-identified need and/or objective.  It demonstrates that the student has an in-depth and operational understanding of a particular issue or subject. A successful Capstone Project leaves a long term impact on the community and the student. Scholars partner with a community organization (public or non-profit) and a faculty mentor in the design and implementation of their project.

Reflection is an essential part of community engaged learning. In the context of the program, reflection is the act of discovering meaning behind our community engagement experiences. Rather than a simple retelling of events, Scholars articulate the relationship between different interactions and deeper issues and concepts. Scholars are able to use different methods for reflection such as journaling, writing a poem or song, making a video, or art.  For a reflection to meet the program criteria it must meet 3 Core Elements: Description (What?), Meaning (So What?), and Action (Now What?).

Active Community Experiences are engaged experiences that scholars have had related to four core areas: Leadership, Cross-Cultural, Civics, and Issue-Based. These could be activities or events in which the individual scholar has participated. The Bennion Center helps connect Scholars with a varied array of different community experiences on and off campus, but students are not limited to Bennion Center offered events.

Maintain a cumulative 3.0 GPA throughout the duration of the program.

Check-in each semester with a peer mentor.

Attend the annual Scholars’ Conference.

Program Benefits

  • Utilize your degree to help solve a social problem.
  • Network with socially-minded faculty and community leaders.
  • Explore your passions, interests, and identity through different community experiences.
  • Earn a transcript designation: Bennion Center Scholar.

Applications Accepted Year Round!

Contact Megan Richards Medina (801) 585-3297, for more information. 

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Last Updated: 6/7/19