Spirit of Service Scholars

The Spirit of Service Scholarship is a competitive program that supports student development in the areas of leadership and service and provides a scholarship of $2,500/year.  As recipients of this prestigious award, SOS Scholars work closely with the Saints’ Center for Service to develop long-lasting partnerships with agencies addressing a variety of community needs, including food insecurity, homelessness, educational support for at-risk youth, and social justice initiatives.  Scholars help to plan and actively participate in on-campus service events, including Saints Serve Saturdays, Community Engagement Fairs, and the MLK Day of Service, and off-campus events such as Volunteer Arlington Day.  As leaders and mentors who exemplify what it means to learn with purpose, SOS scholars collaborate with each other to generate and share creative and meaningful experiences through volunteerism and serving the greater good. Learn more

Meet The Spirit of Service Scholars

NameMonica Barrera
MajorBiology (BS) with a Chemistry and Pre-Med minor
Where you are fromWoodbridge, VA

My focus as a Spirit Scholar has been to impact the community in a positive way. I love volunteering because it’s rewarding to see how you have made a difference in someone’s life. I work as a volunteer in a hospital and hospice center, provide meals to low-income families, and have worked to grow MU’s Phi Eta Sigma’s honors students involvement in the community.