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 their 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 given me more opportunities than I ever could have imagined as a first year that have connected me to the field of public relations and the Dubuque community.
-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 two courses and one internship. Civic Leaders engage in campus and off-campus service while committing dedicated time to reflecting on how their experiences informs their learning. Civic Leaders in their fourth year have the opportunity to assist in delivering the program. Civic Leaders will be awarded an annual scholarship of $1,000.

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.