Become a Community Engaged Scholar

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.

Applications are due Tuesday Sept 17, 2019Please 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.

8 Steps to Becoming a Community Engaged Scholar

Step 1: Take at least 1 Service Learning Designated course

Step 2: Propose a Community Engaged Project: due Tuesday September 17, 2019. Drop form off by the Key Center or scan and email to

  1. Application Part 1 (Project Proposal)
  2. Application Part 2 (signature form)

Step 3: After project approval, do amazing work with your community partner and faculty advisor on your proposed Community Engaged Project

Step 4: If you haven’t already, register for and pass a 2nd service learning designated course with a B- or higher (not required to begin work on the project, but required to graduate with CES distinction).

Step 5: Complete project, then your write paper.

  • First draft due Tuesday November 5, 2019. The paper will be reviewed and returned for revisions. Email to 
  • Revised Final Paper due Tuesday November 19, 2019.

Step 6: Present poster at Undergraduate Research Symposium which will be held on Tuesday November 26, 2019.

Step 7: Upon receiving final project/paper approval, submit Completion Form with required signatures by Tuesday November 19, 2019. Submit scanned copy with signatures to or drop off original with signatures to Key Center.

 Step 8: Pick up your CES certificate and graduation cord in the semester of your graduation at the Key Center, 211 Highsmith Student Union.


  • 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).
  • Fill out and submit a Completion Form will all required signatures.

*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: if you missed the 2019 Fall CES Workshops and wish to be eligible for a Community Engaged Project this fall, please contact to request an orientation session.