Are you a Sophomore interested in community service that could use a $16,500 scholarship?
Consider applying to the Phillips Scholars program.
The Phillips Scholars Program supports potential leaders with outstanding academic credentials who intend to dedicate a portion of their lives to community service. Six competitively selected Phillips Scholars are eligible to receive a junior-year scholarship, a $4,000 summer award to support the development and implementation of a self-designed service project to address unmet needs in Minnesota communities and a senior-year scholarship contingent on the successful completion of the summer project (total award is $16,500).
Current sophomores with campus and community leadership experience are encouraged to apply. The Phillips foundation is especially interested in supporting projects that focus on human services, health, education, people with disabilities and eliminating discrimination. The Piper Center for Vocation and Career is eager to support you with the application process and the development of a community service project proposal.
Information about the Phillips Scholars program, application process and past scholars stories.
St. Olaf application deadline: February 8th, 2013
To be eligible for a Phillips Scholarship, a student must:
- Be a current sophomore
- Have an excellent academic record (minimum GPA 2.75)
- Demonstrate financial need
- Have demonstrated community and campus leadership
- Have a determination to serve people who are disadvantaged
- Commit to designing & carrying out a large-scale community service project the summer after his/her junior year. (Note: St. Olaf student projects can take place anywhere in Minnesota, not only Northfield.)
Where Can I go to Get More Information?
- Phillips Website
Visit the Phillips Foundation website for current application information, tips and guides, a video clip, and previous scholars stories.
- Visit the Piper Center
The Piper Center is here to support you with your application and the development of your community service project. If you are thinking about applying, you are encouraged to schedule a meeting with Nate Jacobi in the Piper Center for Vocation and Career. To schedule a meeting, please login to Ole Career Central. Under "Shortcuts", select "Request a Coaching Appointment".
Previous St. Olaf Phillips Scholars:
|Serena Xiong `13 (2011-13 Phillips Scholar)
Project: Promoting Radon Awareness among Hmong and Hispanic Communities within Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
The summer project entails a community initiative to promote radon awareness in Hmong and Hispanic communities living in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. These two communities are underserved in public health education, and are at a high risk for developing lung cancer, because they reside within an area that has tested positive for high Radon exposure. As part of the project, Serena will partner with the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit to establish a Radon Health Education Committee, offer educational workshops and distribute radon testing kits. Read more about Serena's project.
|Andrew Wilson `11 (2009-11 Phillips Scholar)
Project: Hip-Hop Anonymous (Hip-Hop Anonimo in Spanish)
In order to erase the skewed negative reputation that the youth of Northfield have received through recent local and statewide media coverage Andrew created a branch of the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key) called “Hip-Hop Anonymous” that will use the four main aspects of true Hip-Hop culture to allow youth to demonstrate their colors in an appealing, community-approved way. Read more about Andrew.
|Jennifer Kramm `10 (2008-10 Phillips Scholar)
Project: Latino VentuREACH
An experiential-learning extension of an existing youth summer program called Summer Plus. Latino VentuREACH offered culturally sensitive programming derived and directed by youth interests. Read more about Jenny.
|Kirstan Ketter `04 (2002-04 Phillips Scholar)
Project: Reaching Our Goals Latino Mentoring Program
Expanded a mentoring program she created for Hispanic youth in
Northfield, called Reaching Our Goals.