Loras College
Civic Leaders Program

The Civic Leaders program at Loras College strives to develop attributes students need to be lifelong responsible contributors in their communities. Civic Leaders serve with their own cohort of Loras students, and multiple cohorts across years, to learn about social justice issues and engage in action with non-profit and governmental organizations, while earning a $1,000 scholarship, each year, for four years.


LEARN: Engage in the community, via both curricular and co-curricular learning.
LEAD: Develop capacities to be positive change agents within communities, while leading their peers.
CONTRIBUTE: Become responsible contributors through participating in experiential learning.
IMPACT: Build and strengthen partnerships with community organizations that strive to be mutually beneficial to all.

Student Profile

The Civic Leaders program has allowed me to have an active role in service and leadership in my field of Public Relations, as a college student. It has. given me the confidence to try new things and work towards my future career goals.
-Ashley Kelly, Chicago, IL (’22)

The Civic Leaders Program integrates learning that occurs inside and outside of the classroom. The program is developmental across all four years of the college experience. The program requires the completion of one course and one significant experiential learning opportunity, such as an internship, study abroad or an in-depth service experience. Civic Leaders engage in on-campus and off-campus service while dedicating time to reflect about how experience informs learning. Civic Leaders also have the opportunity to lead by assisting with facilitation of various pieces of the program with peers.

Unique Features
  • Work alongside Community Based Learning staff and faculty to achieve community goals
  • Gain knowledge about local government, local nonprofits and social issues
  • Participate in group service projects at multiple sites to gain experience in different non-profit areas
  • Engage in conversations with community leaders and intentional engagement in diverse community settings
  • Integrated curricular and co-curricular experiences
Gain skills in:
  • Creating partnerships
  • Integrating intercultural awareness and equity into relationships
  • Promoting asset-based approaches to problem-solving
  • Recognizing and understanding community needs
  • Social action and social justice practices
  • Contributing to responsible and sustainable change in communities
  • Professional networking and Civic Professionalism
Application Process
  • Students admitted to the college may apply for this program scholarship. The scholarship application can be found on the Student Status page.
  • Must complete the Civic Leaders scholarship application.
    The application includes:

    • Essay – Within the scholarship application, you will be prompted to upload a 1 to 2 page essay addressing the following question: Why do you want to lead in service programs at Loras College?  
    • References Within the application, you will be prompted to provide 2 references.
    • The priority deadline for submitting all materials is March 1.