The Philanthropy & Public Service Program is an academic program offering a variety of courses designed to enrich the intellectual, social, and moral lives of undergraduate students by inviting them to pair academic learning with service to the community and pursuit of the public good. While developing an understanding of significant community concerns, students and faculty partner with social sector organizations or government agencies through volunteerism, community-based research, and grantmaking.
Students in philanthropy courses steward and grant more than $100,000 each year to enrich and empower local organizations.
Students in civic learning courses partner with organizations and devote their time, talent, and influence to improve life in our community.
Students and faculty work together with community partners to generate new knowledge and new ways of addressing community concerns.
The Philanthropy and Public Service Program is unique in that almost all of the faculty are adjunct and are leaders from around the greater Waco community. This gives students a first-hand glimpse into the life of public service from the eyes of community leaders.
With lots of input from neighbors, Jimmy Dorrell — 2016 Wacoan of the Year — and his “dream team” at Mission Waco decided to take a former convenience store at 15th Street and Colcord Avenue and create Jubilee Food Market, a neighborhood grocery store that is open to all.