The College of William & Mary invites all admitted, first-year students to apply to the Sharpe Community Scholars Program each year (transfer students are not eligible to apply for this program). Applications must be submitted online by May 15.
The program aims to select between 60 and 70 participants who demonstrate the following characteristics in their applications:
- A clearly defined and articulated academic orientation to community engagement – for example, in previous community engagement experiences, intended areas for academic concentration, described preference for a course offered in the current Sharpe curriculum
- Promise for developing a scholarly orientation toward community engagement – with reference to intellectual, social, or emotional transformation, for example, from early engagement experiences to more recent
- Leadership capacity through a diversity of experiences, in team participation as much as individual initiatives
- Focused approach to community engagement that lends itself to structured guidance more readily than general interest in volunteerism
The online application is made available each fall with a final deadline of May 15 each year. Participants are selected by a committee of faculty and posted online on June 1.