Office of Civic Engagement

Rutgers-Camden Civic Scholars is a learning community of select 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 have access to unique educational experiences including:

  • Connecting academics with intensive service experience
  • Encouraging development of leadership and professional skills
  • Building strong partnerships between Rutgers-Camden and communities beyond our campus
  • Achieving intimate knowledge of social issues through service
  • Engaging fellow students and peers in service and volunteerism
  • Vigorous capacity-building service opportunities including
    • volunteer management
    •  program development
    • fundraising
    • communications
    • policy and community-based research

Since its inception in 2011, the Civic Scholars program has partnered with more than thirty 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.


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

To apply for Civic Scholars, please click here.

For more information about Civic Scholars, contact:

Christopher Countryman
Program Coordinator of Student Civic Engagement
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey - Camden
325 Cooper Street
Camden, NJ 08102
856-225-6995
ccountry@camden.rutgers.edu