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Huskie Service Scholars

All Huskie Service Scholar positions for the 2014-2015 HSS Cohort have been filled.  Thank you for your interest!

Coats with Heart

Huskie Service Scholars is hosting the 2nd annual Coats with Heart, a coat and accessory drive, in accordance with National Hunger & Homelessness Aweareness Week (HHAW) 2014!  

Submit your organization or department to participate in the winter coat & accessory drive and compete to see which organization collects the most items!  Your organization must be registered in order to be eligible to participate. Collection begins at the time you register your organization.  Collection will end on Friday November 14, 2014. Please drop off items on 11/14 at OSEEL located in Altgeld Hall Room 100 by 3pm. After the collection, Huskie Service Scholars will be in charge of counting and distributing the items to community agencies in need.  Winner will be announced during the week of November 17th and prize will be rewarded to organization with the most items.  Register your organization here.

For more information about Coats with Heart, please contact Kathryn Olson at 815-753-8159 or kolson6@niu.edu.

For more information about Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week at NIU, click here.

About HSS

HSS is a program strives to develop a peer network and provide support that enables students to engage in service work on campus and in the community. First-generation or low income students entering NIU for the first time are placed into teams with an upper classmen mentor. Teams then work with a site supervisors to provide regular service to their campus partner. In addition, students will attend campus wide service events and collaborate to plan off campus service projects. Monthly meetings will provide collaboration, training and reflection opportunities for students. At minimum, students will dedicate 300 hours to service work, mentoring, reflection and training opportunities. Upon completion of 300 hours of service, students will receive a tuition waiver of $1,132.

Click here to meet this year's cohort and view our campus partners!

In order to receive the tuition waiver, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Students must earn a minimum of 12 semester hours each semester of attendance (both fall and spring semesters), excluding summer semester.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above in all NIU course work.  Students who fall below a 2.00 will have the tuition waiver immediately revoked.
  • Students must remain in good academic standing and judicial university standing at all times.  A tuition waiver will be immediately revoked if a student is not in good standing, and will not be reinstated to the Huskie Service Scholars program.
  • The tuition waiver is only available for one year and is not renewable.

For more information on HSS and the community garden, please contact Kathryn Olson at kolson6@niu.edu or 815-753-8154.


HSS' Community Garden

As of summer 2013, there is an exciting project on board for HSS! Kathryn Olson, former HSS peer mentor for the Environmental Studies Team, learned about DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) from her supervisor and decided to attend a meeting to see if it was something she would be interested in.  After that meeting, she thought of the idea of HSS adopting and taking care of their own garden as a project of civic engagement. "The plan is for HSS to have a continuous and sustainable opportunity for volunteerism and also to educate students on the importance and benefits of locally grown food."

DCCG volunteers joined Kathryn to build, fill and plant four garden beds, located at Immanuel Lutheran Church, with a variety of vegetables and herbs including cucumbers, carrots, summber squash, peppers and basil. The crops harvested from the garden will be donated to community sites in need of fresh produce.

To learn more about HSS' Community Garden project, click here.