Office of Civic Engagement

Rutgers-Camden Civic Scholars are a select group of students who make a substantial commitment to civic engagement in our host city and region. Civic Scholars participate in special learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, leadership development, and hands-on service.

Civic Scholars receive a small scholarship from Rutgers-Camden and have the opportunity to enroll in AmeriCorps, with the potential of earning an education award to help pay college costs. In addition, Civic Scholars have the opportunity to attend and present at regional and national conferences.

Since its inception in 2011, the Civic Scholars program has partnered with more than twenty organizations in Camden on a wide variety of projects and initiatives, involving issues such as healthcare, homeless outreach, education, college access, and urban environmental justice. Civic Scholars are campus leaders in engaging their peers in service and connecting with community-based organizations.

Civic Scholars become integral parts of the organizations they serve, making a major contribution to positive change while developing professional skills and relationships.

At a Glance

  • Annual service commitment of 300 hours (70% direct service, 20% training and enrichment, and 10% fundraising)
  • Planning of and participation in the Martin Luther King Day of Service
  • Participation in regular meetings and leadership development trainings
  • Invitation to regional and national student conferences
  • Rutgers-Camden Scholarship
  • AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Internship opportunities
  • Federal Work Study eligible

Information and Application

For more information about the Civic Scholars program, contact Chris Countryman, Program Coordinator for Co-curricular Civic Engagement, at