Office of Service-Learning
& Volunteer Programs

West Chester University

Office Location: B 19 Killinger Hall
Mailing Address: 238 Sykes Union
West Chester, PA 19383
Phone: 610-436-3379

The Scholars Program

The Scholars Program is a leadership program for upper class students who are dedicated in making a difference on campus and in the community. Scholars perform 200 hours of service during the academic year and participate in regular leadership workshops.

Two Tracks for the Scholars Program:
1. America Reads Scholars
2. Community Engagement Scholars

America Reads Scholars
America Reads Scholars will be volunteering in local after school programs, as tutors and mentors. Students can earn their federal work-study funds, while also earning hours for AmeriCorps at the same time! 4 America Reads Scholars will be selected as the Site Leaders for the program. The Site Leader will help coordinate volunteer recruitment, lead regular reflections, and assist with logistics. They will act as the liaisons between the non-profit organization and the work-study students and volunteers. America Reads Scholars will be volunteering with one of the following after school programs: YMCA of the Brandywine Valley Youth Enrichment Program or YPAL Program, Sankofa Academy Charter School, The Melton Center, Scotts Middle School, The Garage Youth Empowerment Center, or the Care Center for Christ.

Community Engagement Scholars
Community Engagement Scholars are the primary liaison between a service-learning course and a community agency. Community Engagement Scholars assist faculty members with setting up the community service project for the students in the course. They also assist with logistics, orientation, and reflection activities. They are similar to a Teaching Assistant, but they primarily focus on the service component of the course.

Orientation and Training

Both Scholars programs will participate in an orientation and training coordinated by the Office of Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs. Several of the community agencies and faculty members will also participate in the training. This is a mandatory aspect of the program, so please be sure to leave the following the dates open: August 22—25, 2013

For questions about the program, please contact Jodi Roth.