Created and funded by Mitch and Debra Sonkin and Marc and Giulia Weisman, the Sonkin-Weisman Scholars program is a prestigious, invitation-only scholarship awarded to some of Temple University College of Liberal Arts’ (CLA)  most academically accomplished and intellectually ambitious students. 

This selective program offers a full suite of funded experiential learning opportunities to students who have already been awarded the prestigious, full-tuition Presidential Scholarship from Temple University. The Sonkin-Weisman Scholars program aims to cultivate the best possible educational experience at one of the nation’s leading urban, public research universities, propelling scholars toward world-class careers, graduate programs and fellowships. Sonkin-Weisman Scholars will be awarded $6,000 over the course of eight semesters to be used for three of the following four signature learning experiences: 

Liberal Arts Undergraduate Research Award (LAURA) 
The LAURAs grant $2,000 each to students as they work alongside a faculty member to conduct research for a semester or more. The LAURAs attract the best and brightest students who want to take advantage of unique learning opportunities. Participating students graduate with the requisite experience to help them land at a prestigious graduate school or organization.

College of Liberal Arts' LAURA Award granted me the opportunity to develop critical research skills that I will be taking with me as I continue my education in graduate school. The experience is priceless as I have been able to learn how to apply new methods of literary analysis and quantitative analysis outside of the traditional classroom setting. I am grateful for the wonderful support and guidance of my faculty member as well as CLA's Professional Development Center for the chance to build important transferrable skills as I apply for doctoral programs. I'm proud to call myself a Temple CLA alum and hope many other future students can make use of this extraordinary award!" - Ellen Kamalyan, Political Science, 2021

Pathways to Professions (P2P) Internship Stipend 
Because CLA is a home for community-oriented change makers, gaining real-world experience in the nonprofit and government sectors—in the Philadelphia area and beyond—is vital to our student experience. P2P stipends award $2,000 each, empowering students to gain relevant and valuable work experience that would otherwise go unpaid. 

The College of Liberal Arts always puts students’ ideas, dreams and aspirations first. The faculty makes it their mission to help you get that amazing internship, study abroad at your dream location and visualize and map out what life looks like after graduation. I received immense support and guidance from CLA’s Joyce K. Salzberg Center for Professional Development in developing my resume, which helped me land my dream job at J.P. Morgan. It’s proof that CLA’s culture and philosophy are to build students up to be their best versions while staying true to the Temple name. - Adja Ly ’22, Economics & Global Studies Double Major, National Association of Black Accountants ‘19, Incoming Analyst, J.P. Morgan 

Study Abroad Grant 
Cultural immersion redefines how our students view the world and understand their place within it. Understanding how global issues impact local communities in different countries builds greater empathy and reframes how students will approach society’s greatest challenges. Three study abroad experiences helped power liberal arts alumnus Alex Voisine, CLA ‘18, to become Temple University’s first Gates-Cambridge Scholarship winner. 

You learn not only about the language and culture but about yourself and your place and position in the world. - Alex Voisine ’18, Spanish and Global Studies double major, Gates Cambridge Scholarship Winner

CLA Community Scholars Semester 
Through a Community Scholars Semester, talented CLA students with the passion and drive to make a difference in their communities will interact with community-based organizations, serve as peer mentors for students enrolled in community-engaged learning programs and help shape the future of community engagement at the College of Liberal Arts. 

In addition to a scholarship for participation in three signature learning experiences, the Sonkin-Weisman scholars will be assigned CLA’s assistant dean for student services as their primary academic advisor and will sit among a handful of students personally mentored by the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Opportunities awarded to Sonkin-Weisman scholars will extend beyond academic coursework and job experience to include networking and intellectual development events featuring high-level discussions with top scholars, policymakers and alumni thought leaders to build scholars’ networks and expose them to additional educational opportunities. 

Beyond the combined academic, experiential learning and networking opportunities granted to this select group of students, Sonkin-Weisman Scholars have the distinct benefit of joining a growing cohort of distinguished students and alumni, including their advising support system, and the program’s namesakes, Mitch and Debra Sonkin and Marc and Giulia Weisman.