To be a member of the Keystone Honors Academy means demonstrating a commitment to the people of our community—and to the issues, organizations, programs, and projects that are most important to their goals, interests, and experiences.

Students must complete a minimum of 10 hours of community/public service a year. Listed below are guidelines for selecting service activities.

Approved activities:

  • Direct or indirect service (support, advocacy, planning) performed through a community non-profit agency, organization, school, or care facility.
  • A Keystone Honors Academy planned community service project
  • Community organizing, such as voter registration.
  • Service-learning hours completed for a CU class.
  • Project sponsored by CU clubs or organizations for the benefit of the community.
  • 2 Hours minimum should be completed with the Keystone Honors Academy

Not Approved:

  • For-profit businesses
  • Paid employment, or paid internships
  • Court-mandated community service
  • Activities supervised by or services provided to family members.
  • Independent, unsupervised projects for individuals in their homes. Exceptions might include hospice visits or other pre-approved opportunities.

Notes: Students must report service hours, verified by supervisor and accompanied by descriptions of service activities, by the end of the semester in which they were completed. A letter on letterhead will suffice.

Students planning to complete the Honors Program and earn Honors at graduation must complete community service in addition to meeting GPA and curriculum requirements.

The Honors Academy believes that exploring the world around you is an essential part of your undergraduate education. Community service provides a means to expand your intellectual development and diversify your personal experience. Volunteering can also help you uncover or define your interests and strengths, open pathways into new careers, and help you build a stand-out resume. You’ll also have more opportunities to meet new people with similar interests and values, and truly make a difference in your community