How to Apply

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).  Click here for a pdf preview of the application; use the following link to apply:  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.