Leadership Through Service

What is LTS?

Leadership Through Service (LTS) is a program for work-study eligible and/or first-generation college students (neither parents graduated from college).

Leadership Through Service strives to develop a peer network and provide support that enables students to respond effectively to local community issues. Students serve 200 hours over the course of one year.  Students volunteer both on campus with service initiatives and off campus at nonprofits. 

How to Apply:  We are currently not taking applications for Leadership Through Service. We will be recruiting new members in November 2018.

As a Leadership Through Service Member you will:

Serve with a community agency & on campus for 200 total hours over a 12 month term.  Members volunteer about 5 hours per week off campus at a nonprofit or community agency and about 1 hour per week on campus at a cohort meeting, planning, or running a volunteer event.

  • Get a $1,000 scholarship at the end of the program (plus opportunities for select students to get an additional $500 or $1,000 scholarship)
  • Be part of a program planning team to help organize events and programs with the Center for Experiential Education
  • Attend all full group meetings each week during the fall and spring semester
  • Develop leadership skills with provided retreats, workshops and all of the great activities you will help to coordinate! Volunteer coordination, event planning, marketing experience, facilitation skills, are some of the other skills you will gain from this program.
  • Build your resume with hands-on experience working in the community and develop programming for large, fun events.

Service Options

Members serve with at least one off-campus site, including sites on our Key Partners page.  However, members select any nonprofit, or multiple nonprofits, that fits their goals and interests. Members work with the program coordinator to find sites that align with their personal and professional goals.  In addition, Leadership Through Service members serve ona committee of other LTS students where they plan service-related programs or events. Members can also serve on campus in the Campus Cupboard, Normandale's food shelf.  All on campus volunteering, off campus volunteering, LTS meetings, and select professional and personal development activities count toward your 200 program hours.


To qualify, students must be first-generation college student (neither parents graduated from college) or work-study eligible and willing to serve on and off campus. Students must have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and be in good academic standing with Normandale.  You must be enrolled for at least 6 credits at Normandale Fall 2018 AND Spring 2019. 

If you have questions please contact The Center for Experiential Education at C 1066, servicelearning@normandale.edu, or (952) 358-8119.