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.

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. 

Incoming First-Year Students

The application deadline is March 22, 2021.

Apply Now – First-Year Students

  • Up to $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 of $1,600 at the completion of the program.

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 and a U.S. citizen.
  • Note: Due to the academic coursework required, students intending to major in the following subjects are not eligible to participate in the Civic Action Fellowship: Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Dance/LINES Ballet, Education Studies, and 4-year Nursing Program (students admitted to the 4.5 track are eligible!)
  • Questions? Contact enroll@dominican.edu.

Continuing Undergraduate Students

The application deadline is March 31, 2021.

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  • $2,500 scholarship at the completion of the program
  • An Eli Segal Federal Education Award of $1,600 at the completion of the program

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; 
  • Be a California resident and a U.S. citizen.
  • Note: Due to the academic coursework required, students majoring in the following are not eligible to participate in the Civic Action Fellowship... Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Dance/LINES Ballet, Education Studies, Health Science/Pre-Occupational Therapy, and Nursing.
  • Questions? Contact julia.vanderryn@dominican.edu.
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