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Grants, Scholarships, and Awards

Scholarships and grants for students and faculty contributing to research in community engagement, service learning, and social change.

To support research and academic work in the areas of community engagement and social change, we connect St. Thomas students and faculty with scholarship and grant funding opportunities and highlight effective and collaborative community-engaged initiatives through a variety of awards.

This award is for an individual student or a student organization that models a deep commitment to civic responsibility and leadership, evidenced by initiative, innovative and collaborative approaches to addressing public issues, effective community building, and integration of civic engagement into the college experience.

If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please click the link below:

Nomination Form: Presidents' Student Civic Leadership Award 

Please note, the St. Thomas Finalist submission for this award is due Friday, February 22, 2019.

This award is for a member of the faculty, administration, or staff or for a group (e.g., advisory committee, task force, project team) that has significantly advanced their campus' distinctive civic mission by forming strong partnerships, supporting others' civic engagement, and working to institutionalize a culture and practice of engagement.

If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please click the link below:

Nomination Form: Presidents' Civic Engagement Faculty and Staff Award 

Please note, the St. Thomas Finalist submission for this award is due Friday, February 22, 2019.

This award is for a community-based organization that has enhanced the quality of life in the community in meaningful and measurable ways and has engaged in the development of sustained, reciprocal partnerships with the college or university, thus enriching educational as well as community outcomes.

If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please click the link below:

Nomination Form: Presidents' Community Partner Award 

Please note, the St. Thomas Finalist submission for this award is due Friday, February 22, 2019.

The Newman Civic Fellowship recognizes and supports community-committed students who are changemakers and public problem-solvers at Campus Compact member institutions. Through the fellowship, Campus Compact provides students with training and resources that nurture their assets and passions and help them develop strategies for social change. The yearlong program, named for Campus Compact founder Frank Newman, includes virtual learning opportunities and networking as part of a national network of engaged student leaders and an optional in-person convening.

If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please click the link below:

Nomination Form: Newman Civic Fellowship

Please note, the St. Thomas Finalist submission for this award is due Friday, February 1, 2019.

The Phillips Scholars Program supports potential leaders with outstanding academic credentials who intend to dedicate a portion of their lives to community service. Five competitively selected Phillips Scholars are eligible to receive a $6,000 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, $500 from the project resource funding and a $6,000 senior-year scholarship contingent on the successful completion of the summer project.

The application for the 2018- 2019 school year is closed. The application will reopen in November of 2019 for the 2019-2020 academic school year.

If you would like to apply to be one of the finalists, St. Thomas sends to represent the university in the statewide Phillips scholarship competition, please check back next fall for the application.

The Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award recognizes one senior faculty member (post-tenure or middle-to-late career if not in a tenure line) each year.

Honorees (who must be affiliated with a Campus Compact member institution) are recognized for exemplary engaged scholarship, including leadership in advancing students’ civic learning, conducting community-based research, fostering reciprocal community partnerships, building institutional commitments to service-learning and civic engagement, and other means of enhancing higher education’s contributions to the public good.

Applications for this award will be posted in the spring, please check back if you are intersted in submitting a nomination for this award. 

Student Scholarships and Awards

Through scholarship and award programs, students can receive funding in recognition of their social transformation efforts and their contributions to the community.

Recent awardees:

Jasbeth Dominguez‌
2018-2020 Phillips Scholar - selected in April 2018

Focus: Create a mentorship program that is based on science, support, and a positive attitude so that children can reach their full potential.

 

“By understanding and applying the neuroscience related to (middle school-aged) children, teachers and mentors are able to efficiently stimulate children’s brains in new ways... The mentor-mentee aspect will create an important bond and source of support for children and will target their specific needs (in order to) reach their full potential.”

 

Mitchell Hinnenkamp
2012-2014 Phillips Scholar

Focus: Create an anti-bullying initiative for youth focused on building self-confidence and well-being.

 

 

“Throughout this whole planning process, I have had to focus on each task at hand. I learned that I don’t want to be a person who gives a half effort. I want to give my full attention to everything and everyone I come across. I credit the scholarship for that. I have really enjoyed the great sense of community within the Phillips Scholars program.”

 
Amanda McNauhton
2011-2013 Phillips Scholar

Focus: Create a school preparatory program for children and mothers at East Metro Place.

 

 
 
Bryant Ortega
2010-2012 Phillips Scholar

Project HOPE – Health Offers People Enlightenment

Focus: Create an environment for school-aged children and their families to make healthy choices and to increase physical activity.