Summer Service-Learning Scholars Program

Viterbo University
Summer Service-Learning Scholars Program

Program Overview

Description: Through the generous support of the D.B. Reinhart Institute for Ethics in Leadership and 3M, the 2017 Summer Service-Learning Scholars Pilot Program will provide faculty-student-community collaborative research teams with the opportunity to engage in meaningful, academically-grounded, community-based projects for eight weeks during the summer.  The program can support 1-2 projects involving the Boys and Girls Club as well as 1-2 projects involving any local community agency or non-profit.  Team(s) should consist of 1 full-time or 2 part-time students, 1 faculty mentor, and 1-2 community partners.  Teams will investigate questions or issues related to identified community needs using an academic framework and service-learning, community-based research, or action research methodology. Students are expected to present their final project results to the appropriate community group(s) and at the Seven Rivers Undergraduate Research Symposium in November 2018 OR the Service-Learning Showcase in April 2019.

Purpose: The primary purpose of the Summer Service-Learning Scholars program is to provide exceptionally high-impact, innovative academic experiences that:

  • meet identified community need(s) through collaborative work;
  • allow faculty to use their skills, experience, and knowledge to enrich and engage the local community;
  • encourage students to reflect upon and apply what they’ve learned in their courses for the common, local good;
  • support the work of local non-profits and community agencies; and
  • support Viterbo’s mission of preparing faithful servants and ethical leaders.

The program endeavors to accomplish this purpose in ways that are consistent with our core values of service, stewardship, integrity, contemplation, and hospitality and the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan.

Eligibility: The program is open to:

  • Viterbo students in good academic standing who will be continuing at Viterbo the semester following the summer service-learning program.
  • full-time Viterbo faculty.
  • community partners who are employed at local non-profits (e.g. Boys and Girls Club), community agencies, anchor institutions (i.e. Gundersen Lutheran or Mayo Franciscan Health Systems) or other organizations committed to community building and engagement. 
  • Proposal Submission:  Teams submit Summer Service-Learning Program (SSLS) applications and project proposals by the March deadline.  Faculty mentors and community partners are asked to indicate their support via the endorsements in the application; endorsements may be submitted independently or with the rest of the application.

Stipends: Student team members will receive $2,500 for full-time work or $1,250 for part-time work. Faculty mentors will receive $750 for mentoring one full-time student or $1,000 for mentoring two part-time students. 

Program Application:

The 2018 Summer Service-Learning Scholars (SSLS) Program Application is now available! 

**SSLS applications are due Friday, March 9, 2018**

Questions?  Please contact Kirsten Gabriel at or Beth Marzoni at