The simple answer? Because you want a student population who takes action and builds solutions to problems facing our society.
Sullivan Fellows will be guided over three years to not only learn about changemaking, but to ideate, develop, and launch campus projects which will directly benefit your campus community and your school’s reputation as a place where students take action to create change.
Quick history… the Sullivan Foundation has offered the Algernon Sydney Sullivan annual scholarship at some of our partner schools since 1930. The amount of money we donate to these schools is then matched by a tuition reduction from the partner school. In its current form, one student each year gets a check.
While scholarship dollars are nice, most scholarship recipients do not attend Sullivan events and programming – thus missing out on the chance to take part in our personal and professional development and the rich connections to be had with students from across our campus network of 70 schools in the American southeast.
Currently, many students who do attend Sullivan programming are only able to join once, as schools endeavor to make space for new students to participate. So – a spark is lit, but often students report returning to “business as usual” when back on campus. The spark fades because there’s no consistent contact and support. A standalone event can only do so much.
We are interested in creating more long-term relationships with young people, keeping their fire lit, and providing them with scaffolded learning throughout their college career so they are equipped with the self-awareness, tools, and relationships to bring about the positive change they’re desperate to see in the world.
This is why we’re working to shift our endowed partner schools away from the Algernon Sydney Sullivan annual scholarship model to a Sullivan Fellows Campus model where selected students participate in events and programming throughout their college career. By the end of their Fellowship experience, they’ll have knowledge, skills, relationships, and a community project to carry them into the next stage of their lives.