Civic Scholars

Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholars

Rutgers–Camden Civic Scholars is a learning community of select students who make a substantial commitment to civic engagement in our host city and region. 

Unique Educational Experiences

Civic Scholars participate in special learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom, leadership development, and hands-on service. 

Students have access to unique educational experiences such as connecting academics with intensive service experience and encouraging development of leadership and professional skills. Civic Scholars help build strong partnerships between Rutgers–Camden and communities beyond our campus. They also achieve intimate knowledge of social issues through service and engage fellow students and peers in service and volunteerism.

Jumpstart Program

Community Partnerships

Since its inception in 2011, the Civic Scholars program has partnered with more than 30 organizations in Camden on a wide variety of projects and initiatives, involving issues such as health care, homeless outreach, education, college access, and urban environmental justice. Civic Scholars are campus leaders in engaging their peers in service and connecting with community-based organizations.

MLK Day of Service
Jumpstart Program
MLK Day of Service

More Information

Contact Dr. Nyeema Watson at or (856) 225-6738.

At a Glance

  • Annual service commitment of 300 hours (70 percent direct service, 20 percent training and enrichment, and 10 percent fundraising)
  • Planning of and participation in the Martin Luther King Day of Service
  • Participation in regular meetings and leadership development trainings
  • Invitation to regional and national student conferences
  • Rutgers–Camden Scholarship
  • AmeriCorps Education Award
  • Internship opportunities
  • Federal Work Study eligible