Scholarship and Service (SAS) Summer Program

The SAS Summer Program is a living learning community of 8 to 12 Emory Scholars who spend 11 weeks of the summer living in a house together and exploring various social justice issues through two lenses, scholarship and service. Scholars work as a part-time intern for a non-profit of their own choosing and participate in weekly social justice-oriented field trips and discussions with an Emory faculty member and a peer mentor. Scholars receive a stipend of $2,750 plus housing and meals. Transportation is provided for all field trips but Scholars must have their own transportation for their internship (it could be MARTA depending on the internship site).

The scholarship centers around Scholar participation in a weekly Friday field trip to various local non-profits with a peer and faculty mentor. Prior to each visit, Scholars review readings and/or watch videos to learn about the relevant social justice issues each non-profit addresses. The Monday after each field trip, the Scholars and peer mentor are joined by the faculty member to share a meal at the SAS house. They have an evening discussion that integrates the week's readings and videos into personal and group reflection about the non-profit visit.

The service focus is realized by each Scholar through work as a part-time summer intern for a self-chosen non-profit or government agency. Before beginning work, the Scholar and non-profit develop a learning contract. The Scholar also completes a self-assessment and receives a formal evaluation from the non-profit at the conclusion of the internship. Scholars have several check-in meetings with the faculty mentor and peer mentor over the course of their internships. They also have opportunities to reflect on and share their internship experiences with other Scholars throughout the summer during both formal components of the SAS Program and informal conversations while living together in the SAS house.

Social justice issues explored may include: sustainability; LGBT homeless youth; disability rights; urban food deserts; undocumented immigrants; access to health care; equity and inclusion; human rights etc.

Summer 2017 Program Dates:
Sunday, May 14-Sunday, July 28, 2017 (11 weeks)

Application Deadline: Monday, November 7, 2016
Application is available on the Emory Scholars Program OrgSync page under Files.

Learn more about the Summer 2015 Program 

Learn more about the Summer 2016 Program

Summer 2015 SAS Participants go white-water rafting to learn about Georgia's environment