Leadership Through Service

The application deadline for the Fall 2019 cohort has passed.  If you are interested in Leadership Through Service for Spring 2020 please email servicelearning@normandale.edu.

What is Leadership Through Service?

Leadership Through Service (LTS) develops a supportive peer network for students and empowers them to positively impact their community on and off campus through volunteering. LTS is a program for students who have unmet financial need and/or are first-generation college students (neither parents graduated from college). Students volunteer 40 hours over a semester with the opportunity to return for a second semester.  Students volunteer both on campus with service-related programs and off campus at nonprofits. On average, members volunteer about 2 hours per week off campus at a nonprofit or community agency and about 1-2 hours per week on campus planning and running volunteer-related events.  There are ten students per semester in the program.

Benefits of Leadership Through Service

  • Get a $500 scholarship at the end of the semester (plus opportunities for select students to get an additional $1,000 scholarship)
  • Have the option to return for a second semester for an additional $500 scholarship
  • Develop leadership skills through off-campus service, coordinating volunteer programs, and through topic sessions the weekly committee meetings
  • Build your resume with hands-on experience

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 service sites that align with their personal and professional goals.  In addition, members serve on a committee of other LTS students where they plan service-related programs or events.  All on campus volunteering, off campus volunteering, LTS meetings, and select professional and personal development activities count toward your 40 program hours.


  • Be a first-generation college student (neither parents graduated from college) and/or have unmet financial need (low-income, Pell-grant eligible, work-study eligible)
  • Be willing and able to volunteer at least 40 hours on and off campus in a semester
  • Have a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA and be in good behavioral standing with Normandale
  • Be enrolled for at least 6 credits for Spring 2019 for the Fall 2019 cohort

Program Requirements

  • Complete 40 volunteer hours on and off campus in a semester
  • Meet weekly with your LTS committee, which includes other LTS students and a Center for Experiential Education staff member
  • Maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and stay in good behavioral standing with Normandale
  • Be enrolled in at least 6 credits at Normandale while you are in the program

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


Link to timesheet for current LTS members.