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Leadership and Service Center

  • Service opportunities are plentiful at UofSC. Mr. Dobson traveled to Costa Rica with students in spring 2019.

Dobson Advocates Service Program – Spring 2021 Local Program with $1,000 educational stipend

For more than 20 years students have participated in impactful and spiritually meaningful volunteer service trips all over the world through the Dobson Volunteer Service Program. Unfortunately, during the pandemic, travel scholarships are not possible. To continue the legacy of the Dobson volunteer service program in Spring 2021 there will be educational stipends awarded to UofSC students to promote local volunteerism. Participants are required to volunteer 50 hours of community service at a local non-profit, participate in weekly reflection meetings and record a post-service presentation to promote volunteer service. Upon completion, you will be awarded a $1,000 stipend that you can apply to your educational needs. During your local volunteer service your spiritual development is greatly encouraged while helping those in need. For the purposes of this program, spiritual means having to do with God or religious matters apart from any particular faith.


The purpose of the Dobson Advocates Service Program is to encourage the spiritual and value development of participating students while providing assistance to individuals, families, and communities in need.

To qualify, an applicant must demonstrate both a desired positive effect upon his/her spiritual development and a commitment to humanitarian service.

While there are many interpretations of "spiritual," for the purposes of this program, the term means having to do with God or religious matters. It is not required that an applicant be an adherent of any particular faith. 

Participants are eligible for an educational stipend of $1000.
  • Applicant must be enrolled as a student at UofSC,

  • Applicant must be in good standing with the university.

  • One reference from someone who is familiar with applicant’s volunteer/service history.

  • Applications must be submitted in full, including recommendation, by the published deadline.

  • No late/incomplete applications will be reviewed.

  • Complete 50 hours of community service over the course of the semester with a an assigned local nonprofit organization.
  • Participate in weekly reflection meetings led by the Leadership and Service Center. Meetings are held Tuesdays 6-7 pm. 

  • Develop and submit a post-engagement video to demonstrate depth of learning. Share video with university students, civic groups, religious groups and local schools to promote community service.

  • Shared responsibility for your learning – this is a program that requires full engagement and participation.



Without Dobson, I would not have been able to have the experiences that I did. We were able to work alongside people that we never thought we would meet, and it provided an incredibly humbling and enlightening experience. I will forever be thankful to the Dobson organization for giving me the chance to have these experiences and to offer my service. 
-Paul Zito



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