About

The University of Texas Service Scholars program (UTSS) is a collaboration between the Longhorn Center for Community Engagement and the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Service Scholars provides students with the opportunity to develop and use their leadership skills to serve the community. Scholars complete community service hours each semester while engaging in service-learning.

The program is designed to help you find your strengths and interests in public service, so you can put your efforts into the organizations that will be the most meaningful for your development. The program provides a system for Scholars to choose where they serve while guiding them towards a specific focus area in public service.

The program is designed for students to perform 50 hours of community service each semester. Students must enroll in the specified Issues and Public Affairs course at least 3 semesters as a Service Scholar. We  recommend first time Scholars to take the course their first semester or within the first year of being a Service Scholar.

Senior Service Scholars (in their last semester) will present their work at the Senior Portfolio Presentation and are awarded special UTSS cords for graduation.
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Requirements of the program:
  • Completion of 50 hours of community service each long semester
  • Enroll in specified Public Service Course: PA105S, Unique # 59730 at least 3 times during your time in the program. Students should take the course their first semester in the program, and we recommend taking the course your last semester in the program. Read more about the class here.
  • Participate in UTSS events (Induction, service events etc.)

Benefits of the program include:

  • Leadership development training from multiple distinguished graduate faculty members
  • Earn UT credit hours
  • Community service and leadership development experience equates to greater employment opportunities
  • Receive special cords for graduation
  • Qualifies you to receive the Presidential Service Award
  • Participate in fun community service events
  • Networking opportunities
Please visit our Apply Now page to get the application
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