Classification: First Year
For students with a demonstrated commitment to service in their communities. They are creative individuals with a strong understanding of principles of community engagement and a desire to learn from their experiences. Recipients are comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds and open to ideas that may differ from their own. At Meredith, recipients participate in a specialized learning community. Scholars reflect critically about the causes of various societal issues and engage in conversations about solutions with their peers, campus leaders, and partner organizations. Scholars will lead service opportunities on and off campus
How to Apply:
Apply online* or submit the paper application and recommendation form. The scholarship deadline is January 15th.
*If you choose to use the electronic version, log in using the Admissions Applicant Portal Temporary PIN or password you established after you submitted your application for admission to the College.
The Service Scholarship recipients will be selected based upon a demonstrated deep commitment to service in their communities. These students will be creative individuals that have a strong understanding of principles of community engagement and a desire to learn from their experiences. They will be comfortable working with people from diverse backgrounds and open to ideas that may differ from their own. Throughout their time at Meredith, recipients will participate in a specialized learning community: they will take courses in a variety of disciplines, reflect critically about the root causes of various societal issues, and will engage in creating solutions with their partner organizations toward the goal of social justice for the communities with which they serve.
Upon graduation, Service Scholarship students will be strong candidates for careers in a number of disciplines and/or graduate school because of the skills gained throughout the program and their first-hand work experience with a variety of community organizations. They will be well-prepared because their critical thinking skills will be polished through regular reflection and leadership opportunities within the cohort and with their community partners.
In addition to an enriched learning experience, a Service Scholarship recipient receives a $500 scholarship per year, renewable for up to eight semesters.
Requirements for the Service Scholarship:
- Required number of hours in the community: 45/semester (90/year); students will be given a variety of focus areas to choose from, but will rotate service that addresses different issues the first two years at Meredith; junior and senior years they will focus on one issue and a community partner placement that is most relevant to their interests.
- Critical Reflection: Students will be required to participate in critical reflection four times throughout each school year; sessions will be led by a faculty member the first two years, but then most will be led by upper-class peers in subsequent years. These sessions may include guest speakers to highlight specific issues related to service.
- Peer Reflection Leader Responsibilities: starting junior year students will be required to lead or co-lead one reflection session each of their last two years on campus and reflect on their experience.
- FYE Section specific for Service Scholars (required for first year Scholars) - in this section there will be time devoted to orienting students to community engagement and cultural competency training to prepare for service placements; students will also make contacts and begin their placements for their first year.
- Social issues classes/Community-Based Learning Classes Students will be required to take two courses that address societal issues or are designated community-based learning classes. The first course should be completed no later than the end of sophomore year and can be in any department. The last, ideally, will be in the student’s major or minor discipline. Courses can be contracted for CBL credit in consultation with the professor and the coordinator of the Service Scholars.
- Culminating Experience: Senior year students will be required to complete a culminating experience. The experience will focus on the issue where the student has spent the most time working in the community. Examples may include, but are not limited to, a senior thesis or major capstone project if the topic stems from service experience, community-based research, new programming for the community partner, or a product developed with the community. It may include a presentation at Celebrating Student Achievement Day or to a department.
- Digital Portfolio: Throughout their time at Meredith, service students will track their hours in the community, collect written critical reflection each year, and upload any projects connected to their work with community partners to the digital portfolio on Blackboard.
Applicants for Service Scholarship must meet the following criteria:
- Exhibit a demonstrated commitment to their community
- Meet the following academic criteria demonstrating academic ability and potential:
- An unweighted minimum high school GPA of 3.4
- A combined minimum SAT score of 1140 (EBRW+M) OR an ACT score of 23 OR inclusion in the top 10% of their class.