Our Program Mission

The Sharpe Community Scholars Program strives to support the development of select students through the integration of academic studies, research and community engagement.

The Sharpe Community Scholars Program offers first-year students an opportunity to live together in a coordinated Living-Learning Community in Spotswood Hall.  Scholars also enroll in specially designed COLL150 seminars that integrate academic studies with community engagement to make a positive impact on campus and around the world. Sharpe scholars have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, community partners, campus professionals, and peer mentors throughout the academic year in forming plans toward community-based research.

The Sharpe Program also hosts the W&M Sharpe Participatory Mapping Project, a team-based participatory action research project involving the collaborative use of geospatial information systems technology by academic and professional scholars with students and residents to represent and address prevailing issues in the Williamsburg-James City County and surrounding regions of Hampton Roads.  The Sharpe Mapping Project is paired with a COLL200 seminar, to train students in interdisciplinary, integrative research methods of inquiry and data collection with community partnerships of a variety of kinds.

Sharpe Scholars (those selected for the Living-Learning Community and those enrolled in the Sharpe Mapping Project course) are eligible to apply for Sharpe summer research funding. This grant provides students with a $3000 stipend to conduct a community-based research project of their own design. These competitive grants are restricted to Sharpe Scholars and may be used in the U.S. or abroad.