Community Engaged Scholars

Two women sitting and talking in downtown Asheville

Meet UNC Asheville's first Community Engaged Scholars, Rosa Maria Pedro Vicente and Nola Jackson, Class of 2012. Congratulations to these dedicated and engaged scholars! Nola worked with community partner Kathy Hellingsworth and Disability Partners, as well as faculty advisor Dr. Kenneth Betsalel for her service project. Maria worked with community partner Bruce Cahoon and St. Eugene Catholic Church, and faculty advisor Dr. Ameena Batada for her service project.

The Community Engaged Scholar honor is one of five academic recognitions available to graduating students at UNC Asheville. It provides the opportunity for students to become deeply involved in service-learning in Asheville and Western North Carolina - and receive recognition for their efforts. 

For more information on this graduation distinction, please see the Faculty Senate notes from 3/17/2011.


  • Complete six or more academic credit hours in service-learning designated courses (usually two courses). They are indicated by an SL notation beside the course listed on the Registrar's website. You must earn a grade of B- or above in each course.
  • Complete a Community Engaged Scholar Workshop (in person with quiz, dates listed below)
  • Complete a Community Engaged Project (CEP) with a local non-profit agency that directly responds to a need identified by that agency. Need ideas for topics? Read past papers to get an idea of potential projects (see Journal of Undergraduate Public Service Projects content below).
  • Complete a 5-page paper (single-spaced) that outlines the CEP, including the learning that came from it.
  • Present the CEP at a Celebration of Community Engaged Learning (scheduled at the end of each fall and spring semester). Information on getting posters printed.

CES Application Form

*This is not intended to be completed in one semester. Approval to do so, because of special circumstances, may be requested. 

2019 Community Engaged Scholar Workshops

Fall 2019 Workshops, choose one session:

Mon Aug 26, 7pm-8pm, HIG 223
Tues Sept 3, 12pm-1pm, HIG 223
Wed Sept 4, 7pm-8pm, HIG 223

Important Dates for Community Engagement Projects

Spring 2019 Timeline

  • Application due: Tuesday Sept 12, 2019. Submit via google forms*PLEASE NOTE: check the "send me a copy of my responses" box and save your confirmation email. You will need this information to edit your application after it has been reviewed. Submit a scanned copy of the Signature Page (DOWNLOAD HERE) to or drop off original with signatures to Key Center.
  • Paper due (First draft): Tuesday November 5, 2019. The paper will be reviewed and returned for revisions. Email to
  • Revised Paper due (Final): Tuesday November 19, 2019.
  • Completion Form (DOWNLOAD HERE) with signatures due: Tuesday November 19, 2019. Submit scanned copy with signatures to or drop off original with signatures to Key Center.
  • Celebration of Community Engaged Learning Poster Presentation will be held during the Undergrad Research Symposium on Tuesday November 26, 2019

    The abstract is due to the UGR office by TBD.

    For more information, visit the UGR info page at

    In order to present, you will need to fill out the Symposium Application form

    Ideally, all Community Engaged Scholars will present during the same poster session. We are willing to consider extenuating circumstances such as your community partner is a part of your presentation and is only available during a specific time slot or your project is best shared through a verbal presentation. Please contact the Key Center via to discuss your situation. Classrooms are available through about 6:00 p.m. Please make the necessary arrangements with your employer or professor to ensure that your are available to present at the appropriate given time.

*Documents due via email - Documents requiring signatures should dropped off in the Key Center. 

Journal of Undergraduate Public Service Projects

About the Journal

The Journal of Undergraduate Public Service Projects publishes the work of approved Community Engaged Scholars at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. The papers discuss the projects' origins, challenges, outcomes, and sustainability. They are designed to be helpful to future students who undertake Public Service Projects and faculty who advise them.

Download the guidelines for formatting your paper.

Volume VII, 2018

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Volume VI, 2017

Issue I

  • Determining the Effectiveness of a Child Protective Services Notebook for Domestic Violence Survivors: A Community Partnership Between Buncombe County Family Justice Center, Helpmate, and UNCA, Leah Westendorf
  • Active Living Program at Asheville Middle School: A Community Endeavor to Teach Students Exercise Science, Gill Beck II

Issue II

  • Child Protective Services Self-Advocacy Notebook Project: Partnership between Buncombe County Family Justice Center, Helpmate and UNCA
    Sydney Stradling
  • Helpmate’s Child Protective Services Notebook: Paving the Way toward Comprehensive Navigation and Survivor Self-Advocacy, Emilee J. Cantrell Kornegay


Volume V, 2016 

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Volume IV, 2015

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Volume III, 2014

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Volume II, 2013

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Volume I, 2012

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