Pepsi Service Scholars are recipients of the Pepsi Service Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership Service, a scholarship awarded by the UNL Admissions office, to Nebraska high school graduating seniors who demonstrate exemplary community service, leadership, and academic scholarship.

The Pepsi Scholarship for Outstanding Leadership and Service is valued at $1,000, awarded in two installments during the fall and spring semesters of the students first year. In addition to the monetary award, the program consists of a semester-long Service-Learning course. The class meets once a week during the fall semester, and can be taken as a three (3) credit hour academic course meeting a student’s general education, ACE 8, Explain ethical principles, civics, and stewardship, and their importance to society.

The Pepsi Service Scholars’ curriculum aims to teach and encourage service-learning, in which community service is integrated through partnership with community organizations, on-going personal reflection, and celebration. Pepsi Service Scholars are given opportunities to work with organizations in Lincoln and the University community, as well as establish a strong connection with the University and its resources. The program offers Scholars the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of opportunities for leadership and personal development while fostering within each other a lifelong commitment to service.

Opportunities include but are not limited to: 12 Hours of Service Marathon, Senior Prom for Older Adults, Safe Quarters fundraiser for Friendship Home, Huskers Helping the Homeless fundraiser for Matt Talbot Outreach and attending E.N. Thompson World Forums. Scholars are asked to reflect critically through weekly journal assignments and will develop a four year civic life action plan which is presented at the end of the semester. Pepsi Service Scholars can lead to a Certificate in Civic Engagement.