Spirit of Service Scholars bring new talent, new ideas and new energy to society’s most complex challenges

The program thrives on an academically diverse cohort; participants in the first five cohorts represent 40 different colleges and 13 fields of study. If you want to apply your knowledge and skills to create a better world, join us!


  • GPA: A minimum 3.0 GPA is required to be considered for this scholarship
  • Full-time ASU students in any undergraduate, Masters-level graduate degree, or law degree program are eligible to apply (incoming Freshman are not eligible to apply).
  • Students who will graduate mid-year or who will be studying abroad or otherwise not enrolled in one or two semesters of the academic year are not eligible for this scholarship.
  • Applicants need not demonstrate financial need.

Application process

Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort are available now.


Is the scholarship renewable?

No, this is a one-year program.

Who will be my mentor?

Mentors are local luminaries with experience in the service sector. Some are government officials, some are nonprofit executives, and some are private professionals with a deep interest in government or nonprofit affairs. Scholar input will be considered when assigning mentors.

Whom will I mentor?

Your mentees will be a group of juniors from a local high school who have expressed interest in pursuing a public service career.  You will work alongside four or five other Spirit of Service Scholars throughout the year on a community- or school-based project. Current participating schools include ASU Preparatory Academy, Cesar Chavez High School, and Maryvale High School.

What are the time commitments?

Scholars must be able to attend seven Saturday seminars (online) during the academic year and participate in mentoring in the Greater Phoenix area.

Scholars must enroll in a one-credit course each semester, which meets Friday mornings from 9:00 to 10:00 am online. This course is uniquely designed for Spirit of Service Scholars and facilitates the seminar and mentorship activities.

Scholars are required to attend the annual Spirit of Service Scholars fundraising event held in October.

For more information please contact:
Alberto Olivas