Civic Action Fellowship

Dominican University of California has partnered with California Volunteers and AmeriCorps to offer an innovative fellowship that draws on public service as a way to build your resume and earn funds to assist with college tuition.

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The Civic Action Fellowship at Dominican is a prestigious appointment for students with a passion for civic and community engagement. As a Fellow, you will complete a 10-unit service internship with a community partner, focused on one of the following priority areas:

  • Education
  • Economic opportunity
  • Healthy futures

Before and during your internship, you will enroll in a series of two courses to prepare for and deepen your learning in the community. The internship and the courses are built into your degree plan so that you stay on track to graduate while you contribute to meaningful work in the community, develop skills for a fulfilling career, and grow your local network.

The program will give you the opportunity to serve, attend college, further your career, and enrich your life. 

Program Benefits

  • $5,000 scholarship per academic year for incoming first-year students (up to $20,000 total over a four-year period) in addition to any earned merit scholarship.
  • An Eli Segal Federal Education Award at the completion of one semester of service. 


In order to qualify for the fellowship program, you must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have a strong background in community service/leadership or volunteer work; 
  • Have a 3.0 minimum high school (for incoming first-year students only);
  • Complete a Dominican University of California admissions application; and,
  • Be a California resident.

Learn more about the application process

The Civic Action Fellowship is the result of Dominican’s partnership with Governor Gavin Newsom and California’s Chief Service Officer, Josh Fryday, who announced the state-wide pilot on February 10, 2020. Dominican is leading eight public and private institutions throughout California in pioneering the Fellowship program. 

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