Community Outreach & Leadership Development

Summit Park Leadership Community

Download 2016-17 Application

The Summit Park Leadership Community engages Drury University students in a living-learning environment that focuses on the principles of leadership while incorporating the value of community service. Student teams form a year-long partnership with a local community agency and commit to 15 hours of community service a semester.


  • 2 academic credit hours (one per semester)
  • 1 Engaged Learning CORE graduation requirement
  • Panther Passport certified
  • 2 requirements on the Drury Leadership Certificate


Students reside in two-unit buildings located at the corner of Summit and Calhoun and residents get a dedicated parking lot directly behind the complex. The units include all major appliances including refrigerator, stove/oven, dishwasher and free in-unit washer & dryer!

Pricing for Summit Park for the 2016-17 school year is being determined now, but it is consistently one of the best housing deals year after year! Learn more about the physical space and pricing from the Housing website.


Eligible students must be full-time, day students with at least one year of college experience that has at least a cumulative 2.5 GPA. Preference is given to student groups who will be sophomores during the Summit experience, however any student group may apply.

Planning Process

We are here to help you throughout the application and planning process! Our "7 Steps to Find a Community Partner" page is very helpful in directing you to community agencies that will be a good person-organization fit. Take note of the community resources available within the Springfield area, such as the Springfield Public Library's Directory website which has a list of all nonprofit and public organizations in the area.

Our best advice that we can offer as you are choosing a community partner is to start by asking what they need, but also be prepared to share what your team has to offer in terms of skills and project ideas that you think would be a good fit.

Summit Park FAQs

If you need assistance with developing a service project idea or have questions, please contact Courtney Swan at or 417-873-7809.

Current Projects: 2015-2016

Past Projects