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Apply Now: 2015 Summer Student Awards


Applications are now being accepted for the

2015 Scholar-Citizens in Action Program

Go to:  Scholar-Citizens in Action 2015

The Scholar-Citizen Initiative provides non-cash awards of up to $2000 to support students in their pursuit of summer transformative learning experiences.

The 2015 Program seeks o specifically promote projects with a social justice focus.  By social justice, we refer to John Rawls' definition as summarized by Dr. Mathew Robinson of the Appalachian State Center for Social Justice and Human Rights: 

John Rawls posits a theory of social justice commonly referred to as "justice as fairness." Rawls (2003) set out to sketch a theory of social justice that would answer the questions: "once we view a democratic society as a fair system of social cooperation between citizens regarded as free and equal, what principles are most appropriate to it?" and "...which principles are most appropriate for a democratic society that not only professes but wants to take seriously ... that citizens are free and equal, and tries to realize that idea in its main institutions?"

What is Social Justice?

To Rawls, social justice is about assuring the protection of equal access to liberties, rights, and opportunities, as well as taking care of the least advantaged members of society. Thus, whether something is just or unjust depends on whether it promotes or hinders equality of access to civil liberties, human rights, opportunities for healthy and fulfilling lives, as well as whether it allocates a fair share of benefits to the least advantaged members of society. (Matthew Robinson, http://gjs.appstate.edu/social-justice-and-human-rights/what-social-justice)

Types of activities supported include:

  • support for participation in an internship;
  • supplies and other material costs associated with an applied research project, a leadership project, or a community service/community based project;
  • registration and travel to a professional conference or other type of professional development experience;
  • consultation with a guest lecturer or expert
  • costs associated with an international learning experience or other type of summer immersive program.


The SC HIA awards may not be used for RU tuition or for study abroad experiences administrated through the International Education Center.  


Rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors undergraduate students  who are in good academic standing and who will register to continue in Fall of 2015 are eligible.

Please note that students who will graduate in May or August of 2015 are not eligible for this award.

Stipilations of the Scholar-Citizens in Action Award:

Award winners agree to:

  • establish and develop an ePortfolio through which they will document, explain, and reflect upon the significance of the experience,
  • attend pre- and post- experience meetings with other award recipients,
  • present their ePortolios at a HIA ePortfolio Showcase during Fall 2015,
  • participate as part of an Engaged Learning Speaker's Bureau and speak to other students and faculty about their learning experience.


  • Applications due:  February 6, 2015
  • Applicants notified on or by April 1

Go to http://tinyurl.com/SCIA2015 to access the online application.