Civic engagement is ingrained at Oglethorpe—a reflection of the lasting legacy of our university’s namesake, General James Edward Oglethorpe. Heralded as a philanthropist and champion for the oppressed, Oglethorpe was regarded as one of Britain’s most active 18th century humanitarians.Today, the university encourages community service within each new class of Petrels. Oglethorpe annually awards two full-tuition scholarships to incoming freshmen who exhibit a deep commitment to service and leadership in their communities. These Civic Engagement Scholars are at the forefront of leadership and service initiatives both on and off campus, and they seek to understand the connections between their academic pursuits and the society around them.
All students are encouraged to “make a difference” — and it starts their first weekend on campus and hopefully throughout their lives.