New summer scholars program to address COVID-19 community needs

Please see the following message from WeCU:

Dear students,

We are delighted to invite you to participate in a new campus-wide summer program: We CU Community Engaged Scholars. Please submit your interest!

We are launching this summer scholars program to empower University of Illinois students to respond to community needs and challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. Scholars will receive the following:

A new community-based project matched to your interests, or support for existing projects, that can be completed remotely Tools for tracking service hours and activities Online training and support Opportunity to apply for mini grants to offset costs associated with service activities Honor and recognition for completing at least 40 hours of service during the 10-week summer program

We CU Community Engaged Scholars may address a range of COVID-19 issues related to health promotion and disease prevention, economic recovery, social equity, communication, technology, and more. Scholars will be trained, supported, and actively engaged in the service and engagement mission of our university.

Please refer to the one-page program summary, including frequently asked questions, and contact Emily Stone ( with additional questions. You may submit your interest in joining the program at

We look forward to working with you this summer to make a difference in our community!


Rachael Dietkus, Siebel Center for Design
Bridget Melton, Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute
Peter Ondish, Center for Social and Behavioral Science
Katie Shumway, School of Social Work 
Emily Stone, College of Education and Interdisciplinary Health Sciences Institute