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CardinalCorps Scholarship Application

A $1,500 grant is awarded each spring to 6 incoming first-year students who have demonstrated a commitment to community service and academic scholarship during high school.

Students selected serve as CardinalCorps Leaders (CCLs) at Otterbein, a group of 18-20 students who coordinate weekly service programs through the CCE.

CardinalCorps Leader Expectations

  • Attend a fall training retreat
  • Co-coordinate a weekly community service program
  • Recruit student volunteers for the program and provide necessary support services for those students (e.g., training, coordination of events, transportation, and planning of activities at site)
  • Maintain communication with the service site and report challenges, needs, and successes to the Assistant Director
  • Attend bi-weekly CCL meetings and tri-weekly one-on-one consultations with the Assistant Director
  • Provide appreciation and recognition for your volunteers
  • Manage a small resource budget for your program
  • Hold reflection sessions with your volunteers
  • Keep accurate records of volunteer names and hours
  • Try to involve faculty, staff, and alumni in your program
  • Assess the impact of your program on volunteers and those served
  • Collaborate with other CCLs to develop campus-wide service events (e.g. community plunges, awareness weeks, service fairs)

How to Apply

Applications for the current period are now closed, but will reopen in December, 2016

Grant Criteria

  1. Demonstrated commitment to community service
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0
  3. Ability to coordinate a service project while at Otterbein
  4. Leadership potential
The grant is reviewed each year and is renewed based on the student's good academic standing and fulfillment of community engagement responsibilities.

/ Center for Community Engagement

The CCE is located in the Mikesell House, 82 W. Main St.

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


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