Public scholarship is the way that public and academic communities create and spread knowledge. It often involves partnerships between different public or private organizations with institutions of higher education. Through these partnerships, the organizations and educational institutions hope to improve knowledge, create better learning materials, develop an engaged citizenry, address social problems, contribute to the public good and inspire creative activity.
Public scholarship refers to the intellectual activities that have public consequences and public uses. While it often supports the public good, this kind of scholarship may also be used to fuel the public debate about different historical, cultural, scientific or artistic works. Through this type of scholarship, students and faculty will often integrate their social and scholarly roles into one topic. These kinds of programs and partnerships are an opportunity for students and faculty to grow professionally and intellectually. Because of this, many universities and colleges deliberately create opportunities for students to take part in these kinds of programs.