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Call For 2020 Cooperation Extension Scholars

The Cooperative Extension Summer Scholar Program connects university knowledge, research and resources with the public to address youth, family, community and agricultural needs.

The goal of Cooperative Extension is to help individuals, families and communities make informed decisions that can enhance their lives. The organization generates and disseminates research-based information, provides focused educational opportunities and builds relationships that create effective solutions.






Current undergraduate (rising sophomore) or graduate students at the University of Delaware.



The Extension Scholars program is designed to follow the service learning model whereby scholars will have an opportunity to become fully engaged in organizational service experiences that:

  • Are integrated into the academic curriculum
  • Meet the needs of a community
  • Provide structured time for reflection
  • Help to foster civic responsibility



Extension Scholars expand their knowledge and participate in the delivery of Extension programming.  Scholars have the opportunity to develop leadership and interpersonal skills, to learn about careers in Extension, and to apply knowledge gained through university coursework. Summer scholar experiential learning may include: videography and marketing; participate in conducting a needs assessment; designing and delivering educational programs; evaluating program impact; working with volunteers; fostering partnerships; pursuing funding. These can be updated based on agent request to reflect actuals!



Cooperative Extension Offices:

  • New Castle County Extension, Newark DE
  • Kent County Extension, Dover, DE
  • Sussex County Extension, Georgetown, DE



The Summer Scholar Program is a full-time 10-week session: June 8 – August 13, 2020.

The program commences on June 8 with a required Orientation.

Scholars may be required to participate in the Service Learning Symposium held the last week of the session which may require a poster or oral presentation.

Scholars are required to provide their own transportation.


Application Process and Deadlines:   

1.     February 13, 2020: Online application due.

2.     Selection committee will conduct personal interviews during February and March 2020.

3.     Awarded Scholars will be notified via email on or before Friday March 27, 2020.



Summer Scholars will receive a student stipend in the amount of $4,000.


If you need further information, please contact:

Michelle S. Rodgers, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Director of Cooperative Extension and Outreach
University of Delaware
College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
113 Townsend Hall
Newark, DE 19716-2103

via Alison Brayfield, Business Administrator; e-mail at alisonb@udel.edu; by phone at (302) 831-2504