Mercer Service Scholars

Track Design

The Service Scholars track is designed for students who wish to receive an enhanced experience including leadership and service as well as scholarship. Each year 14-17 students are selected from the pool of entering freshmen for invitation to the Mercer Service Scholar Program. Selection for the program is based on the applicant having already demonstrated high levels of achievement in academic work as well as an advanced level of social consciousness evidenced through their record of engagement on campus and the community. This track is open to students of all majors within the College of Liberal Arts,  Stetson School of Business and Economics, School of Engineering, Tift College of Education, Townsend School of Music, and College of Health Professions.

Mercer Service Scholars Track Directors

Dr. Mary Alice Morgan, Senior Vice Provost for Service Learning

Dr. Bridget Trogden, Director of the Quality Enhancement Plan

Course Requirements

  • HON 110-115—University Honors Program Seminars (2 hours)—First Year
  • MSS 111—Service and Society: Community (1 hour)—Second Year
  • MSS 112—Service and Society: Leadership (1 hour)—Second Year
  • MSS 222—Global Awareness and Project Development (2 hours)—Second Year
  • MSS 321—Service and Leadership in a Global Context (3 hours)— Summer after Second Year. This course will be in the form of a Mercer on Mission experience.
  • MSS 322—Service and Leadership—Action and Vocation (3 hours)—Third Year
  • NOTE: Students may choose to register in their senior year for CSL 400 and earn up to 15 hours designing and implementing their culminating project.
  • NOTE: MSS students may choose to enroll in HON 305 their junior year in order to serve as a preceptor in HON 110-115. This course (HON 305) is optional for MSS students.
  • University Honors Commons Events and Reflections (2 annually)
  • Service and Leadership Requirements: 15 hours of service and 15 hours of leadership per semester per year in years 2 through 4 (sophomore through senior). In addition, students must attend monthly MSS meetings during their sophomore through senior years.
  • Culminating Project: Students will design and implement a culminating service and/or leadership project emanating from and/or centering on community based research. The nature and size of the culminating project will be commensurate with the student’s major and determined in consultation with the MSS track director.

GPA Requirement

Students are required to maintain a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA throughout their undergraduate career at Mercer and at graduation. Students who fall below 3.5 at any point in their undergraduate career will be subject to suspension and/or removal from the program. Such cases will be handled on an individual basis in consultation with the program director.