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Apply Now: 2015 Summer Student Awards


Applications are now being accepted for the

2015 Scholar-Citizens in Action Program

Apply Now:  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: 

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)

For project ideas related to the New River Valley, visit the NRV Livability Reports.

The Livability Reports reflect three years of collaborative research with local residents in the New River Valley to develop regional plans focused on developing a vision for the future and developing  strategies that businesses, community organizations, local governments, and individuals can use to make this future vision a reality.  The final livability report identifies four themes for work and 18 goals

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.