Service & Outreach
The heart of what we do
Our dedication to community service is central to our mission as a university. It’s part of who we are. And we’re convinced that devotion to service is one of the most critical values we can instill in our students.
We strive to make community service an integral part of the SFA experience. We provide opportunities to be part of fun, rewarding, large-scale outreach efforts like the BIG Event, Alternative Breaks and the MLK Day of Service.
We also help students connect to community service opportunities that match their schedules, abilities and interests through our Jacks Give Back page, and we even help students and faculty obtain grant funding for service projects that tie to their fields and areas of study (scroll down for details).
Service learning projects
From accounting students who help low-income taxpayers complete their returns to nursing students who reach out to area hospital patients, our service learning opportunities enhance students’ comprehension of their classroom studies while deepening their commitment to their fields.
Our service learning program is an effort of the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Office of Student Affairs Programs and the Teaching Excellence Center.
Service learning grants
We’re so devoted to the idea of merging service with learning that, when possible, we provide funding to help make it happen. Every year, the Office of Student Affairs Programs invites students and faculty to apply for a limited number of $500 grants to cover some of the costs of their service learning projects. The grants help pay for supplies, travel and printing, among other costs.
If you’d like to receive funding for a service learning project, apply for a grant with our online form.
Commitment to service
SFA is consistently on the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, which recognizes institutions nationwide for achieving measurable outcomes in the communities they serve. During the 2014-2015 academic year alone, our students reported 106,755 hours of community service.