Date of Award

Fall 2020

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education (EdD)

Committee Chair

Stephen Laws


This phenomenological study examined the experiences of 19 former high school service participants. This study explored the perspectives and opinions of each participant regarding the quality aspects of their service experiences and the impact of their service on college, career, and life trajectory. Additionally, participants discussed their motivation to serve initially and over time. This study explored the history of service in America, discussed the impacts of service, and examined the Vroom Theory of Motivation. In-depth focus group interviews were conducted with 19 high school graduates to gain their perspectives on their service experiences. These interviews were transcribed to analyze trends, identify connections, and find commonalities. Interview responses demonstrated significant impacts on college and career decisions, and participants shared the personal and meaningful aspects of service. This study found that service is an inherent benefit to society, and it documented the benefits for each interviewee. As a result of these interviews, several lessons were identified.

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