Community Engaged Scholars

Community Engaged Scholars

We are the Change!

Have you ever wanted to make a positive difference in your community but didn’t know where to start? Join Merrimack’s Community Engaged Scholars program to explore how you can become an effective citizen in an increasingly complex world. 

How the Program Works

You'll Participate in Community-Engaged Learning Activities

Community-engaged learning activities include:

  • Training workshops
  • Service learning
  • On-campus events centered on service, diversity and social justice
  • Online asynchronous training modules

You'll Earn Course Credit & Designations

Recognition is earned at four levels: Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum. The level of recognition awarded is based on the number of engaged learning hours you complete and document. If you complete the minimum 30 hours, you’ll receive on-course credit. Students enrolled in the Community Engaged Scholars program are also encouraged to pursue the civic and community engagement minor.

Bronze Designation: 60 Hours & two course credits
Silver Designation: 120 Hours
Gold Designation: 200 Hours
Platinum Designation: 300+ Hours

Why Should I Become a Community Engaged Scholar?

Enrolling in the Community Engaged Scholars (CES) course is the first step to working towards your CES designation. As a Merrimack Warrior committed to working collaboratively with others, you’ll promote resiliency and community sustainability.

Designations are noted on your transcript and are celebrated in your graduating year.

  • Over 75% of business executives and hiring managers in the United States express that oral communication, critical thinking and analytical reasoning, ethical judgment and decision-making, working effectively in teams, self-motivation, and real-world application skills are the most desired when hiring (AAC&U, 2018).
  • These skills closely align with the outcomes of community-engaged learning that give you  direct experience with analyzing community problems and finding real-world solutions.

You’ll develop fundamental skills around communication, collaboration and professionalism within diversity, equity and inclusion. All skills learned will assist you in building a more inclusive work environment for potential employers.

Scholar Spotlights: Make an Impact

Maddie Gilpin

"Being a part of Community Engaged Scholars positively impacted me. The experience taught me that I like helping others and helped me make friends and branch out at Merrimack."

Maddie Gilpin '26

Osman Elkouram

"I learned a lot about my leadership skills and my ability to help people in my community on my own accord while also being a part of a group."

Osman Elkouram '27