The LeFevre Fellowship is a prestigious award for students with strong academic records who would like to provide service to the community. Students selected for the award receive a $1,500 scholarship ($750 toward tuition in autumn and spring semesters). They enroll in a 1-credit Honors service learning course (A&S 1102H) each semester, meeting weekly to discuss the causes and consequences of societal hardships and the best strategies for responding to them. Over the academic year, students perform a minimum of 60 hours of community service.
In previous years, fellows have worked with the Licking County Coalition of Housing to help the homeless, assisted faculty in leading science programs for middle school students, educated the campus community about recycling and sustainability, planned and planted a native species garden to attract native pollinators, and acted as literacy support for elementary school students.
The LeFevre Fellows course will be led by Dr Mitch Lerner (History) in 2017-18. Community partners may include the Licking County Coalition of Housing and Newark City Schools. The class will meet on Friday mornings during the “common hour” (10:20-11:15 am) and at other times to provide service.
Criteria and Deadlines
Students with a college GPA of 3.2 and enrolled full-time at Ohio State Newark are eligible to apply, as are incoming freshmen with strong academic records. To be considered, write a personal statement of 400-500 words explaining your interest in providing service to the community. Describe any meaningful volunteer or service work in which you have participated, how working in the community would benefit you personally or academically, and what you consider the purpose of civic engagement. We also welcome, but do not require, letters of recommendation from teachers or people representing groups to whom you have provided service.
Priority deadline for 2017-18 academic year applications is May 1. Applications will be accepted after May 1 if spots are available. Enrollment is limited to 15 students. To apply, email your essay, with subject line LeFevre application, to Access Director Marcy Melanson at Melanson.firstname.lastname@example.org. Recommenders can send their letters, with subject line LeFevre application (your last name), to Melanson.email@example.com