Division of University Engagement

Deckard Family Civic Fellows Scholarship

The Deckard Family Civic Fellows Scholarship supports rising junior and senior students who have demonstrated a commitment to engagement opportunities provided by CSU, yet face significant financial obstacles. Selected fellows will be assigned to major community initiatives that address a significant challenge in the Northeast Ohio region.

The award for the fellowship is $5000 ($2500 for fall semester and $2500 for spring semester).  The fellowship is renewable provided that the student remains in good academic standing and all assigned tasks associated with the fellowship are completed. 

The deadline for applying for this fellowship is May 30, 2014.  You will need to fill out an application and include an essay detailing why you are deserving of the fellowship opportunity. Additionally, you will need to include a letter of recommendation from a non-family member and submit a faculty sponsor form.  Though not required, a student may provide additional evidence of their civic engagement activity through any medium that can be stored on a flash drive, including video presentations, photos, news publications, PowerPoint presentation, or other means.  

All of the required materials should be delivered to the Office of Civic Engagement, by 5:00 PM on May 30, 2014.  The Office of Civic Engagement is located at 2254 Euclid Avenue.  If mailing the application and forms, please mail to 2121 Euclid Avenue, AC338, Cleveland, Ohio 44115, attn: Julian Rogers.

Program Oversight:

The Deckard Family Civic Fellows Scholarship program will be administered by the Office of Civic Engagement under the direction of the Director of Community Partnerships in collaboration with the Office of University Advancement, the Office of Student Affairs, and other appropriate departments.

Expectations of Fellows:

The scholarship will be given to five students who will be entering their junior year in Fall 2014. These five students will have the opportunity to retain their scholarships during their senior years in 2015-16. Five additional juniors will be added as recipients at that time.

Deckard Fellows will be assigned to civic engagement projects that support or address a recognized regional, community based, or civic organizational need. Each Fellow will work collaboratively with a community organization or institution approximately eight hours per week during Fall and Spring semesters to complete the defined goals and deliverables of the assigned project.

Each Fellow will be assigned a mentor with whom each student should meet with regularly throughout the school year. Additionally, Fellows will be required to participate in reflection sessions, seminars/presentations and leadership development activities coordinator by the Director of Community Partnerships.

The scholarship is renewable for senior year provided that Fellows remain in good academic standing and successfully complete their assigned projects.

Eligibility Requirements:

To qualify for a scholarship, students:

  1. Must be enrolled at Cleveland State University with a declaration of any major. Students must apply in the spring semester prior to their junior class year.

  2. Must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 2.5.

  3. Must have demonstrated meaningful leadership participation in civic engagement opportunities provided by the University. Evidence of the civic engagement activities should be supported by: (1) Letter of support from a non-family member familiar with the student’s engagement activity.   (2) Sponsorship from a member of the CSU faculty.

  4. Must submit an essay of no more than 1,500 words explaining their interest in the fellowship and detailing their civic engagement activities.

  5. May provide additional evidence of their civic engagement activity through any medium that can be stored on a flash drive, including video presentations, photos, news publications, PowerPoint presentation, or other means.

  6. Applicant must have a demonstrated financial need.

Selection Process:

A selection committee that includes faculty, staff and external stakeholders will be convened by the Director of Community Partnerships to review applications using a ranking tool that emphasizes leadership, collaboration, and impact of efforts. A pool of finalists will be interviewed. Final selection of the top candidates will ensure a strong cohort of Fellows each year that represents a diversity of academic disciplines, areas of civic focus, and backgrounds.

Download the Application