Apply to CIVIC Scholars

We're accepting applications for next year's class

Want to Be a CIVIC Scholar?

We’re accepting applications from students of freshman, sophomore or junior standing during the 2021-2022 academic year. We are not able to accept students who will be seniors graduating in the upcoming academic year. Candidates must be attending Old Dominion University or the Norfolk or Chesapeake campuses of Tidewater Community College and a minimum GPA of 2.8 is required.


Find out what we are looking for in future CIVIC Scholars.


Application Process

Learn more about our application process.


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Submit your application for the CIVIC Scholars Class of 2021.


Nominate a Student

Professors, Deans, College Administrators, current CIVIC Scholars, and CIVIC Executive Alumni can nominate students.



Each year, we strive to put together a diverse class that will make the CIVIC Leadership Institute, ODU, and TCC. We look for college students that are:

  • Curious and enthusiastic about learning: We’ve never known a CIVIC Scholar to turn down an opportunity to learn something new.
  • Collaborative: CIVIC Scholars value teamwork and want to increase their collaboration skills.
  • Community oriented: Our Scholars value the people in their communities and have a drive for positive social impact.
  • Professionally focused: CIVIC Scholars helps prepare students for their career before they graduate. Students who want to expand their professional network and experience a business setting

Application Process

1. Nominate

The first step is for a student to be nominated by an ODU or TCC faculty or staff member, a current CIVIC Scholar or a CIVIC Leadership Executive Program Alumni.

2. Apply

Once a student is nominated he or she is sent an online application to complete.

3. Interview

After the application has been received. The student will be asked to come into our offices for a short interview with the Program Manager.

4. Admission

Our staff will assess the student’s application and interview to decide if he or she will be a good fit in the program for the upcoming year.

5. Confirmation

Once accepted the student must fill out a confirmation of participation to secure his or her spot in the CIVIC Scholars Program for the coming year.

Nominate a Scholar

Professors, Deans, College Administrators, current CIVIC Scholars, and CIVIC Executive Alumni can nominate students that meet the application criteria and who they feel would be exceptional additions to the program.