Sharpe Community Scholars are students that take advantage of W&M's liberal arts education with a committed goal from the start: putting their learning to work in the world and in communities around them. The Sharpe Community Scholars program strives to support the development of select first-year students through the integration of academic studies, research and community engagement.
Why combine research and academic study with community engagement? Relevance. Because knowledge matters in the real world.
Each year the program selects between 60 and 75 applicants to enroll in courses that are specifically designed to prepare students for engaged learning with and within communities. Sharpe Scholars live together in a shared residence hall and work closely with faculty and peer mentors to develop community-based research skills and form action plans for community engagement throughout the year. Some scholars advance to completing independent and Honors community-based research during their academic career at the university, and are eligible to apply for Sharpe/CMST summer research funding.
How to Apply
Sharpe Community Scholars Program
Blow Memorial Hall, 326B