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Service Learning Scholars

Service Learning uses experiential learning techniques to combine community service with specific learning objectives in a course. 
Through Service Learning students perform meaningful service to the community while engaging in a study that is related to that service. 
Philosophically, service learning reflects the belief that education should be connected to values, character, and social responsibility.
• Students learn and develop through active participation in carefully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs 
and that are coordinated in collaboration with the school and the community.
• The instructional method is integrated into the academic curriculum and provides time for students to reflect on their activities 
through small group discussions, class activities, and journal writing.
• Students have opportunities to use newly acquired knowledge and skills in actual community situations.
• The lessons taught in the classroom and extended into the communities help students develop a sense of caring and responsibility for 
others (National Community Service Act, 1990).
For students to earn recognition as a Service Learning Scholar they need to complete twelve (12) hours of credit in Service Learning 
designated courses. Additionally, the student must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the designated classes. This 
designation will be recognized on the student’s academic record.

For students to earn recognition as a Service Learning Scholar they need to complete twelve (12) hours of credit in Service Learning designated courses. Additionally, the student must have an overall GPA of 2.75 and a minimum GPA of 3.00 in the designated classes. This designation will be recognized on the student’s academic record (Murray State University Academic Bulletin, 2014-15, p. 64).



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