Who are Sharpe Community Scholars?

Sharpe Scholars have wide-ranging academic interests and participate in all aspects of campus life, and they share a common desire to engage in the world around them as part of their liberal education. Scholars are selected by application for their demonstrated leadership potential, community involvement, and desire to explore important public questions and issues.

First-year students who are selected as Sharpe Community Scholars:
  • Learn to apply theories and concepts introduced in the classroom to real world concerns
  • Develop leadership, problem solving, public communication and project planning skills
  • Gain experience with different forms of civic participation, including direct service, community outreach and advocacy, and community-based research
  • Engage in team-based service-learning, participatory action research and learning, or community-based research projects with local nonprofit and government agencies