Defiance College Service Leadership Program


Defiance College’s Service Leadership Program gives students the opportunity to use their classroom knowledge in a way that gives back to the community. Each Service Leader is required to complete a minimum of 500 hours of service before they graduate at any agency that aligns with his/her academic interests. This individualized program allows for Service Leaders to choose when and where they would like to complete their service hours.

Service Leaders interact in bi-weekly class meetings and have multiple opportunities to participate in personal development, professional development, and leadership workshops. Service Leaders learn the difference between volunteerism and service learning, moving their focus from random acts of kindness to making a larger impact on the world around them.  As a result, students will gain a better understanding of the world around them and their place as active global citizens.

This award is designated for students to develop leadership and communication skills, explore the concept of conflict transformation, and improve their cultural awareness. Students will have the opportunity to apply their academic and personal expertise to a real-world issue through a service-learning project. Each year, up to 25 incoming students with an interest in service and/or leadership are awarded this scholarship to continue their commitment to civic engagement while at DC. 

In order to receive the financial scholarship as a Service Leader, high school seniors must submit short answer service essays and be accepted to DC.

Application Criteria:
- Admitted in good standing to DC
- Service Leader Short Essays

Service Leadership Award Online Application or PDF Application Form