Xavier Community-Engaged Fellowship

2016 Scholarship Information


Admission application deadline:         February 1, 2016   

Scholarship application deadline:       February 1, 2016


This four year scholarship is awarded annually to incoming first year students who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership or initiative in the area of community engagement or serve through their school, community, or church, and who have shown high academic achievement.  The Community-Engaged Fellows are involved in a host of diverse, hands on community opportunities throughout the Cincinnati region drawing upon principles of social justice, community building, and public policy.  They are guided by faculty and community engagement professionals on campus and in the field.

For Fall 2015, the Community-Engaged Fellowship was valued at $22,000 per year and was awarded to eight incoming first year students.

The Community-Engaged Fellowship is tuition restricted and supersedes any other scholarship/award offers.


Selection Criteria

Students who wish to compete for the Xavier Community-Engaged Fellowship must demonstrate the following characteristics:  interest in social issues; passion for social justice; initiative in responding to community conditions; leadership in inspiring others to action; a collaborative work style; and a willingness to take risks in order to learn more.  Typical recipients have at least a 3.0 GPA and an SAT of 1280 (29 ACT).  Xavier University’s Scholarship Committee; composed of faculty, administrators, and student leaders, selects the recipients of the Community-Engaged Fellowship.  Selected students will be interviewed on campus in the spring of the student’s senior year.


Application Process

  • Students must submit a resume of activities
  • Students must provide one letter of recommendation
  • Students must submit an essay in response to the prompt below
  • All materials must be uploaded to your Application Status page by February 1, 2016


All students interested in applying for the Community-Engaged Fellowship must submit an essay of not more than 500 words on the following topic:

Discuss your most significant community-engaged service experience, make sure to address:

  • A description of the activities
  • An explanation of what prompted you to get involved
  • What did you learn about others, social conditions, or yourself as a result?
  • What were the significant outcomes for the community served?

Uploading Your Materials

The resume and essay must be uploaded to your Application Status page* in the Upload Materials section.  Upload your resume by choosing Resume in the drop down menu.  Upload your essay by choosing Community-Engaged Fellowship Upload in the drop down menu.

You may also want to include supporting materials in your application.  If you would like to share videos or photography as part of your application, please include a link to YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr, or another publicly accessible internal site (no social medial sites such as Facebook please).  Upload these additional materials by choosing CEF Supporting Document Upload in the drop down menu and list and provide the links in a Word or PDF document with a short description.  Please do not mail or drop off DVD’s, CD’s, or hard copies of supporting materials.  All materials must be uploaded by February 1, 2016.


Letter of Recommendation

Please provide one letter of recommendation from an instructor, mentor, coach, or other adult (non-related) who can best speak to your ability to engage community through service, or alternatively, from a community partner or organization that has benefited from your service or leadership.  It is your responsibility to confirm the letter of reference has been sent. 

Submission of your resume, essay, and letter of recommendation will serve as your application for the Community-Engaged Fellowship.


Questions about admission to Xavier University and the scholarship application process should be directed to xuadmit@xavier.edu.  Questions about the Community-Engaged Fellowship can be directed to eigelcenter@xavier.edu.




*In order to access your Application Status page, your username and password are required.  Your username is the email address used to apply to Xavier.  Please use the password you’ve previously set up.  If you have forgotten your password or have applied using the Common Application, please click on “Forget Your Password?” to reset your password.