Civic Engagement Program (CEP)

The Civic Engagement Program (CEP), aims to redefine scholarship by ensuring that students receiving our most prestigious scholarships not only excel academically, but have the opportunity to grow as civic-minded individuals who give back through service to our local and global communities. CEP contributes to the University's mission to educate students for a life of fulfillment and accomplishment... and to meet global and societal needs. 

CEP requires each scholar to participate in 100 hours of service and civic engagement activities each year of undergraduate study at Northeastern University. For first-year students, there is a highly structured program which includes training, monthly reflections and a weekly service partnership with a local community based organization.  For upper-class students, there is a system of accountability and support, as well as service and networking opportunities to engage student scholars in earning the required amount of hours and creating a community of like-minded students. 

CEP encompasses students who are recipients of the following scholarships:

  • Balfour Scholars
  • Boston Housing Authority (BHA) Scholars
  • Boston Public High School (BPHS) Scholars
  • National Achievement Scholars
  • National Hispanic Scholars
  • National Merit Scholars
  • Torch Scholars
  • University Scholars

Student Scholar CEP Expectations

All student scholars must:

  • Complete a minimum of 100 hours of civic engagement activities with an approved community partner organization(s) annually.
  • Participate in all orientation, training, and recognition events.
  • Attend reflection sessions and journal assignments (monthly during the first-year of the program).
  • Submit bi-weekly time logs of service hours.
  • Complete evaluations at the end of each semester.
  • Communicate regularly with the CEP staff.

2013-14 CEP Community Partners

The Center of Community Service is proud to partner with the following organizations for the 13-14 academic year!


Hilary Sullivan
Associate Director, Service & Community Partnerships
Center of Community Service
617-373-5838 |

Mark Este
Assistant Director, CEP
Center of Community Service
617-373-7883 |