A distinctive feature of this program is the responsibility for each Gale Scholar to give something back to the community. Each student is required to be involved in extensive community service work. Examples of community service include assisting the elderly living in nursing homes, tutoring elementary students and participating in such programs as Habitat for Humanity and Christmas in Action. Coupled with summer work experience, students gain an in-depth knowledge of the business and civic aspects of the community.
In 2014-2015, the Carl Sandburg College Gale Scholar students completed a total of 410 hours of community service.
Locations for community service included:
Knox County Humane Society
Cooke School Summer School
Galesburg Terrace Nursing Home
Community Treasures of the Galesburg Community Foundation
Galesburg Scholastic Bowl
Galesburg Rotary Club
Boy Scout Troop 226
Knox Prairie Community Kitchen