Sullivan Foundation Announces Study Abroad in Scotland Program for Summer 2020

Renowned for its ancient castles, murky lochs and windswept moors, Scotland is also a buzzing hive of social entrepreneurship—and a natural destination for the Sullivan Foundation’s next study-abroad program, taking place June 4-July 4, 2020, in historic Edinburgh.

Applications for the Study Abroad in Scotland program must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2020. Selected candidates will be notified on Feb. 7, and a $500 deposit is due by Feb. 15.

The program is a partnership between the Sullivan Foundation and Philadelphia-based Arcadia University. Participating students will earn six academic credits that can be applied to their home universities.

this photo illustrates the stunning beauty of Scotland

Participants in the Sullivan Foundation’s Study Abroad in Scotland program will enjoy tours of the country and view breathtaking sites, including the Vennel in Edinburgh. (photo from

Students will have the opportunity to meet and learn from successful European social entrepreneurs through field trips across the country, perfect their leadership skills and develop unique initiatives that will strengthen the social ventures they encounter throughout the month.

They will also explore concepts critical to driving social impact and innovation, including:

  • Leadership in practice
  • Effective community engagement and assessment
  • Principles of social entrepreneurship and innovation
  • Storytelling and communicating for change

Two courses will be offered during the program:

Course 1: Leadership by Design—This course provides a basic introduction to leadership, focusing on the practice of leadership and what it means to be a good leader. Students will also learn how to execute technical and conceptual skills in changing organizational, community, political, social and global settings.

Course 2: Social Change in Action—In this course, students will learn about the emerging field of social entrepreneurship and innovation and begin to develop their own capacities to innovate and implement impactful, sustainable and scalable solutions to social problems. Additionally, each student will develop an original blueprint for social innovation and change while working with local partners and enterprises. Participants also will learn how to use storytelling and communications techniques for presenting their plans to key stakeholders.

Students will live in co-ed shared flats at the University of Edinburgh during the month-long program. Classes will be held from 9 a.m.-12 noon Mondays through Thursdays.

To learn more about the Study Abroad in Scotland program or to apply, click here.

University Students Learn Social Entrepreneurship Skills at Sullivan Foundation’s Upcoming Ignite Retreat

Students from throughout the southeastern United States will meet in Asheville, N.C., October 18-20, to attend the Sullivan Foundation’s social entrepreneurship-focused Ignite Retreat.

Sullivan retreats are designed to immerse students in a series of targeted workshops that help them “ignite” ideas for making positive change in their communities or develop a social business enterprise or event that might solve or alleviate a problem.

this photo conveys the energy of the Ignite Retreat attendees

Ignite Retreat attendees learned how to build social enterprise businesses and made new connections and friends at the Spring 2019 Ignite Retreat.

“The Sullivan Foundation recognizes students and community leaders who have led lives with integrity characterized by service above self and service to their communities. We’ve presented awards each year since 1890 to outstanding students primarily. And since 1934, we have provided scholarships to deserving students,” said Steve McDavid, the Foundation’s president. “In 2008, we added focused programming, including the Ignite events, to foster social enterprise activities.”

Related: View a photo gallery of the Spring 2019 Ignite Retreat

Students interested in the Ignite Retreat may attend a series of workshops and activities and connect with many socially conscious, like-minded individuals from throughout the southeast and beyond. They may also choose from three educational programming tracks for the weekend based on whether they are just beginning their social entrepreneurial journey, have a set of social challenges they would like to learn how to address now, or have a specific social venture they would like to bring to life.

this photo depicts a self-empowered yoga instructor who will facilitate workshops at the Sullivan Foundation's Ignite Retreat

Ajax Jackson, founder of Magnolia Yoga in New Orleans, says that once you can get your body into an open and flexible, you can do the same with your mind.

Students can also pitch their projects to experienced social entrepreneurs, gain access to and get feedback from Sullivan Award alumni, and receive access to Sullivan scholarship funding.

Spud Marshall, founder of the and innovation director at 3 Dots, will lead the Fall Ignite Retreat, along with Harrison Wood, program coordinator for the Teach For America Graduate Fellows Program. The event also will feature an impressive roster of dynamic, experienced facilitators, coaches, innovators and social entrepreneurs, including:

Holley Murchison, founder and CEO of Oratory Glory and founding partner of HOLI. Brands

Crystal Dreisbach, founder of GreenToGo and executive director of Don’t Waste Durham

Ajax Jackson, founder of Magnolia Yoga

Abhinav Khanal, co-founder of Bean Voyage

Reagan Pugh, founding partner of Assemble

Tessa Zimmerman, founder of ASSET Education

Chad Littlefield, founder of WE!

Interested students may purchase tickets for the Ignite Retreat until October 2. General admission is $425. However, a select group of students from the 70-plus Sullivan Network Schools may be eligible to receive a sponsored ticket. Meals and housing are included with admission.

this photo shows that Crystal Dreisbach is a social innovator with a unique product

Crystal Dreisbach, founder of GreenToGo in Durham, North Carolina, is also leading a campaign to reduce single-use plastic in the city.

For further information go to or call 662-236-6335. To register go to  You may also e-mail questions regarding the events to

Related: Ignite Retreat speaker leads charge to reduce plastic waste in Durham, N.C.

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Foundation was founded in 1934, but its roots date back 60 years earlier when U.S. President Grover Cleveland and a group of other influential persons created the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award to honor those that inspire a life of integrity and service. Sullivan Awards have been presented to people whose lives of service have changed the world with little fanfare as well as those who have become household names – recipients include First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, Supreme Court Justice Lewis Powell, and Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, to name a few.

this photo shows the fun energy that Chad Littlefield brings to his Ignite Retreat presentations

Team-building expert Chad Littlefield of We! helps groups of people engage in conversations that matter. (Photo by Amber Merklinger, Amber Faith Photography)