Public Service Center Scholars

Public Service Center Scholars (PSCS) is an integrative program that combines leadership, academic, internships, community service, research, and employment opportunities.  The program is designed to promote scholarship and community engagement that is responsive to the concerns of the community and contributes to the common good. 

PSCS works with students who are motivated to develop their leadership skills and play a significant role in elevating active citizenship at Cornell University.  PSCS provides an opportunity for undergraduate students to engage in meaningful volunteer, community service-learning and social advocacy work.  This unique program will provide a select group of undergraduate students with a sustained and sequential service-learning experience that includes close faculty mentorship and guidance culminating in certification and recognition as a Public Service Center Scholar upon graduation.

Consider making a donation to the PSC Scholars program to help support students develop their leadership skills! 


  • Promote the University’s land grant mission of service by fostering civic engagement between the University, its students, and the community.
  • Encourage students to become more actively involved in their community.
  • Develop students’ skills and traits for active democratic citizenship.
  • Recognize students’ outstanding service and public scholarship.
  • Advance service-learning and other forms of public scholarship in colleges and departments to enhance teaching and learning, and students’ overall educational experience.


There are many incentives to being a Public Service Center Scholar.  As Scholars, students are provided with support, faculty mentorship, and funding resources to see their community projects come to fruition.  Students will have access to various leadership development and skill-based training opportunities to support their work in the community.  Additionally, Scholars will have access to a professional development fund, which enables them to receive funding for opportunities such as travel to national conferences and workshops off campus.


The program is open only to full-time Cornell undergraduate students that have at least 4 semesters remaining and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

If you have questions or would like to set up an appointment to talk about the Public Service Center Scholars, please email Amy K. Somchanhmavong, Associate Director, Service-Learning or call (607) 254-8072.


Public Service Scholars in Thailand

View the video of PSC students in the Cornell Global Citizenship and Environmental Sustainability program introduce themselves at the Cornell Cares Day of Thailand!