Who We Are
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
Abilities developed and utilized to influence positive community change.
A cognizance of the interconnectedness among individuals, society, and systems.
Regular behavior related to community engagement.
The desires and beliefs related to social responsibility.
- 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!
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?).
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.
- Utilize your degree to make a beneficial difference in the community.
- 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 (801) 585-3297, for more information.