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99.9% of Covenant students are eligible for ScotsWork positions!

Because not all students are eligible for Federal Aid, Covenant provides supplemental funding so that all students can gain useful work experience and build their resumes.

See the Student Employment Handbook for more information regarding ScotsWork.

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ScotsWork Overview

ScotsWork is an on-campus employment opportunity that helps students get a head start on work experience while pursuing a college degree. Also known as federal work-study, Covenant College’s ScotsWork program is more than just earning a paycheck, it’s an opportunity to learn, grow, and develop in service to the college community and community at large. 

ScotsWork falls under the Center for Calling & Career because we believe college is a time that should grow your resume by instilling skills and qualities that will stand out to future employers. It’s also a time to learn the importance of professional relationships. However, most importantly it is a time to establish your understanding of embodying the character of Christ in service, labor, and leadership.

ScotsWork Freshman Teams

Spirit, Determination, and True Grit!

As new Scots, Covenant freshmen focus on the basics at a Level 1 position on a freshman team, meaning you will learn the college from the ground up. 

It is meant to develop work ethic and time management skills while learning to be a team-player. Students will be mentored in their first year as they learn to navigate their new environment physically, academically, socially, and professionally.

Freshman teams:

ScotsWork Returning Teams

Commitment, Development, and Focus on Career!

Returning Covenant students begin to hone in on specific skills by becoming eligible for ScotsWork jobs in departments that may represent the career or field they would like to pursue. 

For example, a student who is studying art might apply for the position of ceramics studio assistant while a history major may lean towards becoming a history department assistant. Students hoping to learn languages or live abroad one day might opt to work as an intercultural program student leader or in the language lab. There are tutoring positions in various departments that prepare students, especially if they are interested in becoming an educator in their field!

The list of available jobs across departments are listed on the Student Employment Site.

ScotsWork for returning students is meant to guide students to as they begin exploring career possibilities by giving them a better understanding of the ins and outs of certain discipline-specific positions that will benefit them in their future work endeavors.

ScotsWork FAQs

The Student Employment/Work-Study program has moved to the Center for Calling & Career and relabeled ScotsWork for multiple reasons. We want to: 

  • Offer consistent services and support for launching students’ careers and we believe that student employment is the first step on that journey
  • Align on-campus employment with the college’s Calling & Career initiatives, academic curriculum, and student development programming as we seek to teach students about calling, the theology of work, and the value of work they do now and in the future
  • Ensure a student’s learning journey includes career preparation as they are mentored, challenged, and equipped with the skills and experiences they need to lead successful lives and pursue successful careers
  • Emphasize that student employment is not a grant whereby students are eligible for/entitled to a particular amount of money but rather they are eligible to work so many hours, (as long as there is meaningful work to do) in an active job with actual responsibilities
  • Aid the college in day-to-day operations (facilities services, gym monitoring, library staffing, etc.)
  • Support staff and faculty in their work (as faculty assistants, academic tutors, etc.)
  • Mentor students on what it means to glorify God in what may at times feel like mundaneness in a job

To find a job listing, go to the Student Employment Jobs site.

Freshmen filter by “Freshman”. Then you will be able to compare the different teams to determine which may be the best fit for you.

Once you click on a job listing, you will see “Apply Now” or “Apply for this Position”. Please use your Covenant email address to apply. (joe.smith@Covenant.edu.) If a question is not relevant to you, you may type “N/A” and continue with the application. If a question asks how many hours you are approved to work, just answer with the number of hours you think you will be comfortable working.

All students must apply through WorkBright even if they are returning to the same position; however, if a student has previously worked on-campus, there is no onboarding paperwork required of them.

Onboarding is the name of the online process for completing the required paperwork. Once you agree to work with a team, an email link will be sent to you. You will need to follow that link and complete the forms it gives you. These documents will include items like your I-9 (proof of eligibility to work) and direct deposit information. 

This process requires you to show your ID in person to someone over 18 who is present when you show it to them. Typically, a student will show either a passport OR a driver’s license AND a social security card. To see the full list of what is required/acceptable please visit the USCIS webpage. Federal law requires that you must complete onboarding in a timely manner before you can work.  Onboarding should be completed prior to coming to campus if at all possible.

All ScotsWork positions are paid at $8.25 per hour. You will receive a check twice a month on the 15th and the last day of the month. We are on a two-week delay, so be sure to check the Payroll Schedule to see when your submitted timecard will be paid. You will set up direct deposit during your onboarding paperwork and all paychecks will be deposited electronically using that information.

Students may work up to 20 hours per week; however, it is not recommended that students work that many hours. Most students will work between 10-15 hours per week. No student employee may work over 20 hours per week—it is important that both the student employee and their supervisor make sure they do not work over 20 hours each week.

Students on limited load or probation may not work more than 10 hours per week or what is decided in their school plan.

There is no minimum number of hours that a student employee must work per week. Their schedule will depend on what they decide with their supervisor.

Yes. You will need to discuss the change with your supervisor to determine how the workload may need to be accommodated to your schedule. You will then need to contact the ScotsWork coordinator to change your hours officially.

Yes. Money earned as a student employee is subject to state and federal taxation. W-4: Federal and state tax withholding is calculated from information provided on the student’s W-4. W-2: Students can view and print college issued W-2’s under the Student Employee tab on the student Banner account. However, Social Security (FICA) is not withheld for students.

ScotsWork earnings are the same as any other job earnings and subject to tax filing requirements.

Remember, ScotsWork is a job—so as with any job, you are not paid until you work and report your time. ScotsWork potential earnings are not credited to your outstanding balance up-front, so you will need to keep this in mind as you plan for the semester’s charges. All positions are paid at $8.25/hour. To earn the entire $4500 you will need to work approximately 18 hours per week.

All paychecks are directly deposited into your personal bank account. 

Our staff and faculty will function as your ScotsWork supervisors. ScotsWork supervisors are more than just bosses, and they care about more than just getting the work done. Very often, they are your primary mentors and teachers who are committed to helping you take the next steps in your journey of personal and professional development at Covenant (and beyond).

Students log time through easy-to-use time clocks around the campus—see locations. Students are responsible for logging their hours for each shift they work and submitting their timesheets to their supervisors for review and approval at HIGH NOON on submission day, the Monday following the end of the pay period. A reminder email will be sent to let student employees and supervisors know the date is approaching and the day they are due.

ScotsWork students should use the closest time clock available to their work area. If a student doesn’t clock in and out, they may have their hours reduced or be ineligible to work the following week. 

Student employees must submit their time at the end of each pay period on Banner. Please see “Learn More” for step-by-step instructions on how to enter and submit timesheets on Banner.

Time Clock Locations - Location Map

Learn More

It is your responsibility to report the incident. 
You can scan the QR code at the time clock or visit this Google Form and answer 3 simple questions. 

If a time clock is down, you may enter your hours manually. However, the time clocks rarely go down.

Time clocks are typically fixed within 24 business hours of being reported. Most of the time they are fixed within less than 3 business hours.

Student employees may not work over 6 hours in a day without taking a break. They must have at least a 15-minute break every 6 hours.

Students may not work on Sundays. Covenant College is committed to the practice of Sabbath rest. See Student Handbook for clarification.

Students may not work on school holidays (Good Friday or Memorial Day) or standard breaks (Fall, Winter, Christmas, Spring). 

Students can, however, work on reading days, snow days, and Day of Prayer. While it is our hope that students participate in the Day of Prayer, students may work that day.

If a student’s timecard is not submitted by the deadline, they may not work the following week. Should there be a second infraction, they will not be eligible to work for an entire pay period. 

If a student “ghosts” or does not show up to work, a meeting between the supervisor, student, and ScotsWork coordinator will take place. It is possible they may not work the rest of the semester and in some cases they may be ineligible to work on campus for a longer period of time.

Currently, students are not authorized to work multiple jobs. Only one job is allowed except in specially authorized situations.

ScotsWork jobs are for the academic year. You are encouraged to begin applying for fall positions in late spring. The best way to get future jobs is to work well in your current position and secure a positive reference from your supervisor.

It is possible to run out of hours should a student work more than 600 in the academic year (20 hr/wk). It is imperative that both the student and supervisor monitor their hours throughout the school year so there is no surprise or possibility that the student will run out of hours.

In the very rare case that a student runs out of hours, they should contact the ScotsWork office.

Yes. The Freshman Teams are designed to allow students to acclimate to college life and be mentored in what it means to have a job with all of the other new responsibilities of student life such as being away from home for the first time, making new friends, academic pressures, extracurricular activities in the college setting, among other things.

Want to successfully navigate decision points in your career journey? Join the Center for Calling & Career for our professional development Buffalo Brunch series every Tuesday from 10:45-11:45 a.m. in Carter 117. 

Learn more   

We are also here to offer constructive feedback on how to best communicate your gifts to potential employers and organizations. We assist with resume building, acquisition of networking tools, and even fine tuning your interview skills. Contact us at centercc@janiceforsyth.com to set up a meeting, or swing by our office in Carter 117 for more information. You can also set up an appointment through Handshake!

For additional information, see our handout Career Skills for Students and Student Employees containing eight competencies identified by the National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE).

The first step is to check the Pay Schedule and determine if you worked during the pay period that is being paid and if you turned in your time card on time. You are not paid on the Friday of the week you turn in your time card but in the following pay schedule.

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