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Wayne State Community of Scholars

The Community of Scholars is a unique and distinct group of students who excel not only academically, but within their community as well. The Community of Scholars has served food to the elderly and homeless, painted schools, and participated in neighborhood clean-ups within the city of Detroit. Since its development in 2010, students of CoS have completed more than 47,000 community service hours that resulted in a economic impact of more than $1,000,000.

Students who are part of the Community of Scholars have access to special resources and are invited to a wide range of professional and social events. A short list of what Scholars have access to is:

  • Enrollment in specially designated course sections with other Scholars. In previous semesters, these sections are in BIO 1510 (Basic Life Mechanisms), ENG 1020 (Introductory College Writing) and COM 1010 (Basic Speech).
  • Access to an advisor that is designated to the Community of Scholars. This advisor will know all about the Community of Scholars and the needs of its students.
  • Live with your fellow Scholars on Community of Scholars floor in Ghafari Hall. You will be living on campus minutes away from your classes and with other Scholars. Apply now for Housing!
  • Take advantage of exclusive Scholars study groups, tutoring, social events, and co-curricular activities.
  • Learn about the city of Detroit, its communities, and people in a unique way by volunteering around the city.

There are two ways to become a Scholar:

  1. Through Merit Scholarship Awards: if you are awarded a merit scholarship, you may receive an invitation to the Community of Scholars. With the invitation there will be directions on how to either accept or decline the invitation to join the Community of Scholars.
  2. Through application: if you did not receive a merit scholarship, you can still become part of the Community of Scholars. By filling out the application, you can gain access to all the benefits of the Community of Scholars. Apply for the Community of Scholars!

Once in the program, there are some requirements to remain in good standing:

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.0
  2. Complete a community service requirement every semester (fall and winter only); CLICK HERE for CoS Volunteer FAQ's


For any additional information, please contact the Community of Scholars Coordinator Antonio Austin at 313-577-3030 or at scholars@wayne.edu. Like our Facebook page!