Phillips Scholars Program - Cohort 2018-2020

Calling UST Sophomore All for the Common Good Social Change Leaders!




The Phillips Scholars Program empowers cohorts of Minnesota student leaders, as each scholar collaborates with a community partner(s) of their choosing on the design and implementation of a theme-based, community engagement/"service-learning" project that addresses a community-identified aspiration or need.  The next Phillips Scholar cohort theme is “Addressing the Achievement Gap in Minnesota.”


Each of the 5 competitively selected Phillips Scholars receives $16,500 in scholarship and project resource funding, which includes:

  • $6,000 junior year scholarship
  • $6,000 senior year scholarship
  • $4,000 summer 2019 stipend
  • $500 project resource funding


To learn more, attend an Information Session- each at 12:00 Noon in ASC 237 on:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 28
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29
  • Thursday, Nov. 30


The Phillips Scholars Program is administered by the Minnesota Private College Fund, with support from UST’s Center for the Common Good. The program is generously funded by The Jay and Rose Phillips Family Foundation.





To qualify, a Phillips Scholar candidate must:

  • be enrolled at the University of St. Thomas as a sophomore for the 2017-2018 academic year
  • have an excellent academic record (GPA of 2.75+)
  • demonstrate current financial need
  • aspire to collaborate with organizations and individuals who have experienced marginalization
  • have a history of participating in campus activities and community service and volunteering in the broader community
  • be committed to designing and implementing a Minnesota-focused project during the summer of 2019 that relates to the theme “Addressing the Achievement Gap in Minnesota.”


Application Process for 2018-2020 Candidates:

Phase I:                 

  • Attend an information session on Nov. 28, Nov. 29, or Nov. 30 - each session at 12:00 noon in ASC 237
  • Submit your internal UST application by Wednesday, January 17, 2018 to the Center for the Common Good
  • Interviews will be held in late January / early February 2018
  • Applicants will be notified of their status in early / mid February 2018.

Phase II:

If chosen, the UST finalist will work with a committee of mentors to submit their full application to the Minnesota Private College Fund by February 12, 2018

The 2018-2020 cohort of Phillips Scholars will be announced in March 2018.


NOTE: The UST Phillips Scholars Program internal application is now available for sophomores. If you are currently a junior and your major requires at least two additional years of study, you may apply - you will need to explain that you will be in school for two additional years.

The Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) has a very specialized volunteer request, which would be enormously helpful to clients and our clinical program in MN: translating curriculum materials for client groups into Oromo, a language that many of clients at our Healing Center speak. This volunteer opportunity requires specialized skills—essentially a student who is fluent in both Oromo and English, and who is interested in doing translation. For more information, contact Beth Wickum at CVT.

Women ages 21-30 are invited to apply for the St. Joseph Worker Program, an intentional year of service. Be part of a passionate and energetic cohort of young women exploring Spirituality, Justice, Community with Simplicity and Leadership in the Program that runs 11 months, from August through June. Volunteers are matched with a non-profit placement site where they serve full-time (36 hours per work week). Weekly Spirituality and Community nights, retreats, social justice opportunities, and other personal development activities help make the year a truly transformative experience. St. Joseph Workers (SJWs) form a small intentional community among themselves living in their own house and are committed to personal and social transformation. Find more information and application details at Or contact Bridgette Kelly, Program Coordinator at Applications are now being accepted.

Urban Boatbuilders, a local youth development nonprofit that employs wooden boatbuilding as a medium for empowering underserved Twin Cities youth, has a position opening at the end of July for a Volunteer and Marketing/Outreach Coordinator. It is an AmeriCorps VISTA position. More extensive details and information on how to apply can be found on our website. If applicants have any questions about the position or AmeriCorps VISTA they should email us at or call us at 651-644-9225.

InnerCity Tennis (ICT) is a Minnesota 501(c)(3) nonprofit, originally founded in 1952 to help young tennis players with limited means pay for equipment, coaching and access to tournament play. We intend on reaching out to people who would like to make a difference in their community by playing a role in the lives of its children. Our plan is to contact high schools, colleges, and community organizations where there are populations who seek volunteer opportunities to satisfy requirements for various programs. InnerCity Tennis is looking for great people to volunteer at its Super Saturday Program. The InnerCity Tennis Super Saturday Program is an opportunity for families in the Twin Cities to bring their children (ages 3 and up) to develop their athleticism and social and life skills through fast-paced physical activities. Children are grouped by skill level and age. Younger kids participate in activities to develop agility, balance, coordination and teamwork. Once these skills have been built and the kids become older, they work in groups to develop tennis skills, from the fundamentals on up. We are seeking volunteers who can help these children develop into team players and, most importantly, to build their confidence. Volunteers for InnerCity Tennis do not need previous tennis experience. A large portion of the youth who come to the Super Saturday Program are younger and would need help in the early stages of athletic development. For more information, contact Laura Meyer.


Building on the successful model of the Clinton Global Initiative, which brings together world leaders to take action on global challenges, President Clinton launched the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U) in 2007 to engage the next generation of leaders on college campuses around the world.

Each year, CGI U hosts a meeting where students, university representatives, topic experts, and celebrities come together to discuss and develop innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton will host CGI U 2016 at the University of California, Berkeley in the San Francisco Bay Area from April 1-3, 2016. The meeting will bring together more than 1,000 students to make a difference in CGI U's five focus areas: Education, Environment and Climate Change, Peace and Human Rights, Poverty Alleviation, and Public Health.

But CGI U is more than just an event. It is a growing community of young leaders who don't just discuss global challenges - they take real, concrete steps toward solving them. Throughout the year, and as a prerequisite of attending the CGI U meeting, students develop their own Commitments to Action: new, specific, and measurable initiatives that address pressing challenges on campus, in local communities, or around the world. Commitments range from manufacturing wheelchairs for developing countries to establishing campus bike share programs, from creating free vision clinics to developing e-learning applications for mobile phones.

Throughout the year, students are also invited to apply to become CGI U Campus Representatives. Colleges and universities can engage with CGI U by joining the CGI University Network to support and mentor innovative student commitment-makers from their respective campuses by providing seed funding for new projects and initiatives.

CGI U is proof that young people have the power to make a significant impact by confronting some of the world's most urgent challenges. Since 2008, students have made more than 5,500 Commitments to Action, and nearly $2 million in funding has been awarded to these commitment-makers through CGI U.

If you are interested in participating, contact Erin Muckerheide.

As a UST student, you have a wide array of choices when it comes to applying your education to tackling business problems locally, nationally, and globally. These competitions not only have the potential to leave a lasting impact on your educational experiences, but on your lives, your future careers and your world. Visit the Opus College of Business competitions page to view these opportunities and deadlines.

The Office of Civic Engagement recognizes one student annually for development in critical awareness of the causes of and solutions to social problems. Such awareness could be demonstrated in meaningful course reflection or in a significant leadership initiative in relation to his or her work in the community. Nominations must include a supporting letter by a faculty member with whom the student studied.


The Student Award in Civic Engagement will be granted according to the following criteria:

  • High-quality service-learning engagement.
  • Evidence of impact of engagement on the student and/or community partner and the clients they serve.
  • Dedication to social responsibility and the common good.

Check back for the deadlines for the 2015-2016 recommendation deadline.


Mitchell Hinnenkamp was a 2012-2014 Phillips Scholar from St. Thomas. He completed his project, "Youth Empowerment Project – Anti-Bullying Initiative," during the summer of 2013 in the St. Cloud YMCA. The Youth Empowerment Project focuses on the empowerment and equality of youth by promoting self-confidence and well-being through programming focused on anti-bullying. Read more about his project here.

Amanda McNaughton was a 2011-2013 Phillips Scholar from St. Thomas. She completed her project, "Skills for School," during the summer of 2012 at the East Metro Place in White Bear Lake. Skills for Schools focused on literacy and social skills with mother and children aged three to five years old. Read more about her project here.

Bryant Ortega was a 2010-2012 Phillips Scholar from St. Thomas. He completed his project, "Project HOPE – Health Offers People Enlightenment," during the summer of 2011 in partnership with Project for Pride in Living in Minneapolis. The mission of Project HOPE was to create an environment for school-aged children and their families to make healthy choices and to increase physical activity.

Jennifer Le was a 2006-2008 Phillips Scholar from St. Thomas. She completed her Summer Writing Workshop project during the summer of 2007 in conjunction with Lincoln International High School, a high school for immigrants and refugees. Since most of the students' first language is not English, the goal of the project was to improve reading, writing, analytical and interview skills in preparation for taking their Minnesota Basic Standards Tests.