Acker Scholar Requirements

How Acker Scholars make a positive impact through service and leadership.

Leadership and holistic development are integral parts of being an Acker Scholar. Acker Scholars are expected to serve, positively impact and become leaders within the UB community. All Acker Scholars will participate in community service, workshops and experiential learning during their time at UB. Here are the requirements, broken down by academic year.

Please note: All Acker Scholars must submit the community service verification form and workshop verification form to get credit for these activities!

By the end of your freshman year:

  • Complete 20 hours of community service.
  • Attend six workshops or participate in one small group.

By the end of your sophomore year:

  • Complete 10 hours of community service.
  • Attend two workshops or participate in one small group.

By the end of your junior year:

  • Complete two experiential learning activities:
    • Undergraduate research or creative activity. (e.g., McNair, ELN, CSTEP, LSAMP, REU).
    • Departmental independent study.
    • Shared Interest Housing leader.
    • Internship or practicum.
    • Study abroad.
    • Undergraduate supervised teaching (TA).
    • Graduate coursework, departmental Honors coursework, thesis or project.
    • Torch Leadership certificate program.
    • Diversity Advocate, Wellness Peer Educator or Tutor for ARC or academic departments.
    • Join the e-board of a Student Association club or organization.
    • Resident assistant.