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Students who earn 100+ service hours, participate in a community-engaged learning experience, and complete a reflective exit interview will be recognized as a Southern Miss Citizen Scholar and receive a medallion.

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1.      Service Hours Requirement – 100+ Hours 

Service hours must meet the guidelines for approved community service. Hours should be submitted in Get Connected (  These hours may be accumulated from the beginning of your first undergraduate year and completed by the end of the semester prior to your graduating semester. The 100+ hours are in addition to hours earned during the Community Engaged Learning Experience Requirement (see below). 

Students will receive notifications upon reaching 30+ hours (Bronze), 70+ hours (Silver), and Gold (100+ hours).  

2.      Community-Engaged Learning Experience Requirement - must complete one of the below (see definitions)

  • 2 designated Academic Service-Learning Classes (you may also suggest a SL track option as part of any course)
  • Approved Non-Profit Internship, Job, or Practicum
  • Approved Service Immersion Experience (alternative break trip, e.g.)
  • Approved Independent Community Engaged Research
  • Approved Community-Engaged Honors Thesis 
  • Approved Community-Engaged Leadership Project 

3.      Reflective Exit Interview 

Students completing the program will be asked to share the impact being involved in the community has had on them as a student, person, and future professional. The interview allows you to articulate what you’ve learned about your role as a Citizen Scholar.  

How to join the Citizen Scholar Program: 

Fill out the registration form (it’s simple). When you apply, it’s not necessarily a commitment, but we’ll use this information to track your progress and send you helpful resources. Once you apply, we’ll have an orientation meeting with you to get to know you and discuss service options best suited to your interests and major. 


The 100+ service hour requirement and community-engaged learning requirement must be complete and all documentation submitted by the end of the semester prior to your graduating semester, unless granted an exception by CCE. Your reflective exit interview will take place during your final semester. 

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