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HWS Offers Civic Engagement Scholarship

Hobart and William Smith Colleges will offer a new $20,000 scholarship to support students who are committed to serving local communities.

“Education and service often go hand in hand at HWS, and we want to encourage students to sustain that connection and find new ways to bring the Colleges and the Finger Lakes area together,” says Katie Flowers, director of the HWS Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. “This scholarship will be a great way for new students with a broad background of community engagement experience to bring their passion and vision to the Colleges.”

Beginning in the fall of 2020, the Civic Engagement Scholarship will be awarded to incoming students who demonstrate a heightened awareness of issues that impact the greater good and who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to a local community. Recipients are eligible to renew the award annually by displaying an interest and related investment in the local community.

Civic Engagement Scholars will have the opportunity to work in a cohort of other recipients to serve in and with organizations that support the Finger Lakes region.

With understanding that service is a privilege, the scholarship review committee welcomes applicants who have a record of innovative approaches — whether modest, earnest or exhaustive — to serving others.

Applicants for fall 2020 can apply for the Civic Engagement Scholarship here.

In 2019, Hobart and William Smith Colleges were ranked second in the nation for service, according to Washington Monthly’s 2019 College Guide and Rankings. Since 2005, the policy magazine has rated U.S. colleges and universities based on their contributions to society, taking into consideration social mobility, research and service. The No. 2 ranking follows two consecutive years during which HWS occupied the top spot.

HWS students volunteer more than 80,000 hours annually in local, national and international communities, and generate more than $100,000 in fundraising efforts for non-profit organizations. In 2011, the Colleges spearheaded Geneva 2020a collective impact initiative to harness the resources of the entire Geneva community in support of education for Geneva’s children, which has become an important component to HWS’ overall partnership with the City.