CNU's Service Distinction Program
Your guide to realizing the power of purposeful community engagement!
Take your volunteer work to the next level
Amplify your education
Make a meaningful impact in the community
What is Service Distinction?
Moving beyond the “one-time volunteerism” model, the Service Distinction (SD) program provides a framework to establish deep and beneficial relationships between the local community and CNU students.
The Service Distinction Program encourages dedicated, consistent service that allows CNU students to:
Participate in higher level, more satisfying work than one-time volunteering provides;
Gain valuable, real-world, marketable skills and experience; and
Develop skills related to policy development, program planning, and advocacy, while gaining a deeper understanding of societal issues and root causes.
Students can earn two different levels of Service Distinction Honors:
1) Service Distinction:
Students serve a minimum of 140 hours, perform the majority of their hours (at least 100) within one of CNU's ten Service Tracks, and are encouraged to partner with one local non-profit organization to both provide and gain the most benefit from the program. For a detailed list of program requirements, download Service Distinction Requirements.
2) Service Distinction Leader:
Students serve a minimum of 400 hours, perform the majority of their hours (at least 250) within one of CNU's ten Service Tracks, and are encouraged to partner with one local non-profit organization to both provide and gain the most benefit from the program. For a detailed list of program requirements, download SD Leader Honors Requirements.
Ready to get started? Follow these three steps to graduate with Service Distinction Honors:
Enjoy the benefits of graduating with Service Distinction Honors!
- Service Distinction Ceremony prior to graduation
Certificate of accomplishment, SD T-shirt, graduation tassel (double tassel for SD Leaders), and CNU Engage Lapel Pin
Honors at graduation
Ability to include service distinction honors on resumes and graduate school applications - service distinction demonstrates dedication, active citizenship, and commitment to community engagement.