Scholarship Service Resources

Cincinnatus is regarded as the ultimate model of selfless heroic deeds. Cincinnatus (as well as UC Global and other) Scholars continue an on-going commitment in service to others that reaches past our campus boundaries to affect our neighborhoods, our city, our region, and beyond.

Often times students will continue service they may have started in high school or a previous college year. Their personal passion may also easily connect them to a Cincinnati affiliate of a national service agency such as the Boys and Girls Club or American Red Cross.

Whether you are seeking out a new agency, a service event to meet your schedule, or a different activity to diversify your service experiences, UC has many resources to help you complete your service requirements for scholarship renewal.

Center for Community Engagement (CCE)

The Center for Community Engagement is the primary connection between the University of Cincinnati and area service agencies. Their offices are located at 2639 Clifton Avenue within the Stratford Heights residential complex in Building #19. You can contact them at community.engagement@uc.edu or 513-556-1559.

Staff at CCE can assist you in exploring service options. Their Web site provides listings of and links to upcoming events and offers a subscription service to their volunteer listserve.

CCE sponsors key service events throughout the year. They can get you involved in major events like Into the Streets, an annual full-day event offering a wide range of community service opportunities. CCE also hosts a Call to Action series of monthly presentations where students can explore a passion and learn more about agencies that work in such areas as homelessness or empowerment for girls and young women.

Their list of community organizations and listing of upcoming service opportunities can be key to meeting your service requirements.

Weekly Service Update Listserv

New Cincinnatus scholars are automatically registered for the Weekly Service Update from CCE. This weekly listing highlights upcoming service opportunities and provides information on featured events in need of volunteers. The listserv will send an automatic email to your UConnect email account.

Many opportunities noted on the listserv may direct students to more detailed event information and service registration via volunteer.uc.edu.

Students who wish to be removed from the listserv or re-register for the listserv can do so at any time.

NOTE: While most opportunities can be used for meeting your service requirements, a listing on the weekly update does NOT automatically mean an opportunity meets the service requirements for scholarship renewal. You can always check the validity of a service opportunity for scholarship renewal by contacting cincinnatus@uc.edu.

Online Reporting System

Scholars and other students are able to register for an online volunteer system. Students can search all activities currently available, concentrate on activities highlighted, or go directly to the listings of a particular organization that interests you.

Go to volunteer.uc.edu to view outside organizations and their service opportunities. Register and log-in using your UC sign-on credentials. Questions can be directed to the Center for Community Engagement (community.engagement@uc.edu; 513-556-1559; 2639 Clifton Avenue).

As a scholar, you have the opportunity to register your participation in specific events or service opportunities. It is important to honor your commitments upon registering for the service event as the service agency is counting on your participation.

If the agency is able to, the online option allows students to have their completion of the service verified by the service agency and reported to the Scholarship and New Student Financial Aid Center on a monthly basis.

While you as a student may have ready access to a computer, many service agencies do not – particularly when at a service site. While an online process to see available service opportunities and get verification of their completion seems good to you, it may not always be easy for agency personnel to do these items online.

In particular, some agencies find it far easier to use the paper process to verify your completed hours. And you do not have to wait until the sheet is complete to turn in hours you have done.

You too can use the Website to review your hours that have been completed and verified. Monitor your hours completed through volunteer.uc.edu to work with the agency when your volunteer efforts are not verified. Only verified hours are reported to the Cincinnatus Program.

Scholars are always responsible to know if the service they do meets the service requirements for scholarship renewal. Staff in the Scholarship & New Student Financial Aid Center can always help you assess a particular activity.

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Listings and resources through these and other UC offices can help students find service opportunities to meet their requirements.

However, listings or postings do not automatically qualify the activity as meeting the standards required by the Cincinnatus program. Students who want clarification if an activity will meet requirements for scholarship renewal should contact the Scholarship and New Student Financial Aid Center at cincinnatus@uc.edu or 513-556-2420.

Service also must be completed and submitted based on reporting requirements.