Spring 2024 Community Scholars Program

What is the Community Scholars Program?

The Community Scholars Program is a paid opportunity for CLA students to gain tools to make a difference in the community, in partnership with other like-minded students. During this 10-week introductory program, you’ll learn principles of effective engagement, participate in community projects, and discuss issues that impact life in Philadelphia. Then, Scholars use these tools to design community-centered solutions.

As a Community Scholar, you’ll have the opportunity to: 

  • Work with local organizations and learn from community leaders
  • Research social justice issues of personal interest
  • Gain a deeper understanding of North Philadelphia communities
  • Learn tools to equitably work for change
  • Make connections with organizations providing critical community services and resources

Community Scholars who complete all program requirements will earn $1500.

Program Requirements

Applicants must have a declared major in the College of Liberal Arts, 3.25 GPA or higher, and Sophomore status or above during the program semester. Program participants must be available to dedicate a minimum of 60 hours during the semester (5 - 7 hours per week). Applicants must also be available during all Community Scholars meetings, which will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30-5:30pm.

Programming will take place in person with some asynchronous activity outside of meeting times. Candidates must be on or able to travel regularly to Temple’s campus and field experience locations within the city. Public transportation will be utilized for certain program activities. Comfort using SEPTA is recommended, with transportation costs covered by the program.


Contact Heather Lewis-Weber, CLA Director of Community Engagement, at heatherlw@temple.edu or (215)204-3361.

How to Apply

Complete the online application by November 10, 2023. Selected students will be notified the week of December 4th.

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