Who are the Dayton Civic Scholars?

Dayton Civic Scholars (DCS) is a program of the College of Arts and Sciences initiated and supported by the social science departments and directed by the Fitz Center. The purpose of the DCS is to shape a "Social Science Excellence" identity within the social science programs by creating an intentional pathway from the classroom to community leadership and public service. The intent is to enable up to 45 University of Dayton students to have high community impact as early as their junior years by preparing each 15-student cohort for meaningful civic leadership roles as students. Students meet local leaders and engage in internships with local community organizations and government offices. Scholars also receive an annual upperclass scholarship.

Who we are.

Fifteen students are selected at the end of their first year to participate in this three-year program. These students are interested in learning the leadership skills of building community, and learning how to make a difference in the larger Dayton community.

Our mission.

The mission of the Dayton Civic Scholars Program is to prepare civic professionals and citizen leaders through sustained interdisciplinary civic engagement and scholarship with a focus on the city of Dayton.

Meet our cohorts.

Class of 2014

Top row (L-R): Tessa Terrell, Megan Stucko, Laila Sabagh, Alyssa Bovell, Sarah Kerns

Middle row (L-R): Joanne Koehler, Shannon Lees, Justin Parker, Kristen Deane, Paige Singleton

Bottom row (L-R): Jessica Yeager, Adie Lewis, Maggie Reuter, Jake Rettig, Nia Holt

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Class of 2014

Class of 2015

Top Row (L-R): Michael Franzese, Noel Ragland, Frankie Flannelly

Middle Row (L-R): Sara Giuliani, Emilie Fose, Molly Brasure, Lauren Mooney, Brigid Kovach, Chelsea Buckman

Bottom Row (L-R): Danielle Pohlman, Sarah Liming, Jessalyn Crossman, Ashley Ann Marshall; Not Pictured: Dylan Moore

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Class of 2015

Class of 2016

Front Row (L-R): Sarah Thomas, Theresa Schneider, Sam Mullins, Ian Dollenmayer, Kristen Abbarno, Josh Tovey, Jasmine Lahoud

Back Row (L-R): Olivia Hirt, Jacob Morrison, Beverly Johnson, Maggie Quinn, Sydney Antolini, Allie Serey, Morgan Pair

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