Civic Scholars Program

Civic Scholars with President Vivian Bull

Civic Scholars Program

Full Impact Learning for Students Who Serve Drew University actively supports students who show extraordinary commitment to community service by offering Civic Engagement Scholarships of $5,000 per year. Become a Drew Civic Scholar and you will not only receive a monetary award, but you will also join an exciting four-year Civic Engagement Program that will increase your service and leadership skills, while giving you significant real-world experience. Drew Civic Scholars complete 100 hours or more of service annually and participate in special classes, workshops, and off-campus service projects. Drew’s Civic Scholars represent a wide range of academic majors and career interests. Read all about the program details in the Civic Scholars Handbook 2013-2014

Becoming a Drew Civic Scholar

For more information on the Drew Civic Engagement Scholarship: Please email engage@drew.edu to be added to our email list to be informed of future opportunities

Scholar Program Year-by-Year

First Year: First years enroll in the “Community Service” College Seminar and participate in weekly Civic Engagement workshops focused on practical skill-building. Join a living-learning community in a residence hall with fellow civic scholars. Sophomore Year:  Sophomores enroll in a 2-credit Civic internship with a non-profit or government agency and participate in skills and leadership development workshops Junior Year:  Juniors select leadership teams working on special events, alternative break trips, service projects, and other ways of increasing Drew’s impact in communities Senior Year: Seniors complete and present a culminating civic project All Civic Scholars enroll in for-credit Community-Based Learning (CBL) classes to connect their academic interests and majors with their off-campus service opportunities. For more Information: If you have any questions, contact Amy Sugerman, Assistant Director, Center for Civic Engagement: asugerma@drew.edu or (973) 408-3069

First Year Civic Scholar Projects

Habitat for Humanity

First Year Civic Scholars organized a trip to Little Ferry, NJ in conjugation with Habitat for Humanity to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. This town is still suffering from the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Drew students helped by painting, sheetrocking and demolition.

Hope in a Box

First Year Civic Scholars had Drew students make teams and sleep in a box to spread awareness about homelessness and poverty. This event was over night to give Drew students the experience of sleeping in a box for the night. Money will be raised for Homeless Solutions.

Special Needs Interactive and Awareness

These two project groups held their events back-to-back. The events are focused on helping the special needs community in schools local to Madison. The first group’s event allowed the guests to be active in various sports activities and games. The second group educated participants about the derogatory use of the “R” word. ARC of Morris County and Drew sports teams participated.

Swingin’ On a Star

 

This group hosted a performance event at Rexford Tucker Senior Apartment Complex in Madison. Performances by MadAve, OADN, AOTA and flute ensemble. They collected donations for Meals on Wheels and raised awareness about the elderly.

LGBTQ Awarness

Educated participants on the benefits and necessity of equal treatment, rights and respect for members of the LGBTQ community. It will feature videos, music and two speakers — one from Garden State Equality and one from Ally Space Training.

Human Trafficking

This First Year Project hosted an awareness event about human trafficking. Guest speakers included the Director of the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking and a survivor/advocate. The documentary movie “Tricked” was shown.

Walk 4 Animal Awarness

Partnered with St. Hubert’s to host a dog-walk/pet adoption day to raise money for St. Hubert’s and awareness of animal issues such as abuse and homelessness. Partnered with the VRC and SAAC.

Senior Civic Scholar Projects

Set Her Free

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Drew Senior Civic Scholar, Kristina Farmer, had an open mic night to support “Set Her Free” (SHF Uganda). Set Her Free is a non-profit organization that works to restore the lives of young girls formerly enslaved by the sex trades. Their mission is to provide these young girls with a safe environment, rehabilitation and to move them in the direction of becoming self-sustainable. The young girls participate in making jewelry to be sold in order to raise money for themselves to make a better life.

Life in a Jar Play

Life in a Jar Play “Life in a Jar” is a play based on the life of Irena Sendler, who rescued 2,500 Jewish children during World War II. Drew Civic Scholar, Nicole Kuruszko, brought Norman Conard and the Kansas students who brought Irena’s story world-wide recognition to perform their play at Drew University. Without the “Life in a Jar” play, this special piece of history would be lost forever. With 200 people in attendance, the performance honored Irena Sendler’s heroism and offered an opportunity for teachers to incorporate related classroom materials into their schools. The Senior Civic Project brought awareness to the difference that one person can make in his or her community and ultimately end up changing the world in the process.

Just “TAP IT” Campaign

Just Tap itThe “Just TAP IT” Campaign raised awareness of the negative effects of the bottled water industry on our health, economy, and environment. Drew Civic Scholar, Kara Pennino, started the campaign in an effort to encourage the campus to use reusable water bottles. The program  included a special film screening of the documentary “Tapped”, which highlighted the many environmental issues related to the bottled water industry such as ocean pollution. This Senior Civic Project also featured blind-water tasting, “I’d Tap It” heart stickers, and “Got Tap?” photo campaign. Reusable water bottles were handed out to students, staff, and faculty members who participated in the events.

Bolden Collaboration

Picture1Drew Civic Scholar, Charlotte Drover, taught the Bolden Collaboration course at Drew University. Her students mentored and collaborated with public high school students from Newark’s Marion Bolden Center, an after-school activities center which also offers programs in film, dance, and singing. Using applied theatre techniques such as devised play-making  bilingual poetry, and story telling through movement, the Bolden students exercised various means of creative expression in performing the issues of their lives. These techniques enhanced their ability to perform, speak publicly, and commit to a communal project. Charlotte’s conclusive report will serve as supplemental material to help with funding and evaluate how the presence of an arts’ program is vital to both Drew and the Bolden Center.

Martial Arts Training

KM_0312_CivicScholar_272Drew Civic Scholar, Chris Deraney, introduced martial arts training and philosophy to children who live and go to school in Newark, New Jersey. Chris completed his Senior Civic Project through his involvement in United Way and the Boys and Girls Club of Newark. The purpose of the project was to help children improve their behavior.  To access his project’s impact, Chris has traced patterns of behavioral changes in the children. For Chris, martial arts is a way of teaching  young people about  discipline and a strong work ethic. The martial arts program not only serves a healthy outlet for students, who may be going through a difficult time in their lives, but also teaches children what to do to avoid conflict.

Air Quality Testing

greatoutdoors Drew Civic Scholar, Brianne Flynn, has combined her passions for environmental science and civic engagement through her Senior Civic Project. Bri’s project involves measuring the air quality in Newark at locations identified by the Ironbound Community Center. In testing the air quality, Bri will help the Ironbound Community by collecting data for their campaign for cleaner air and stricter diesel vehicle regulations. With countless hours spent working in the laboratory, Bri has also based her Honor’s Thesis on her air quality research. Not only will Bri’s project help the Ironbound Community, but it will also serve as a way of thinking about the health consequences of poor air quality.