Come for the community, seek your spirituality, find your leading.
“Quaker Fellows has been one of the most important communities at Earlham for me...Never have I felt so understood by a group of individuals and so comfortable exploring complex personal and spiritual territories.”
— Cecelia Capanna '15, Philadelphia Yearly Meeting
Quaker Fellows echoes Earlham's core values. Utilizing Quaker faith and practice, the program engages the whole person and prepares students to live an authentic life. Quaker Fellows focuses on three formation cores: community, spirituality, and leadership. The program is designed for young adults who are serious about sharing in a community, living a life grounded in the Spirit, and being leaders at Earlham and beyond.
Quaker Fellows requires a time commitment of 70 hours per semester, 50 of which are programmed. The 20 hours remaining are chosen and completed individually. Combined this averages 5 hours per week each semester.
50 hours of various programming are provided, including:
- One-on-one meetings at least once a semester
- Spiritual Friendship/Spiritual Nurture meetings
- Weekly meetings with each cohort (this includes worship, spiritual reflection and engaging in spiritual practices, learning about Quakerism, and discussing the integration of theology and practice, among other things)
- 1 retreat each semester
The program supports students’ growth in community, spirituality and leadership in a variety of ways, including:
- Building and strengthening healthy individual and community skills and practices
- Learning about Quakerism, sharing perspectives, and exploring spiritual practices
- Providing opportunities to fulfill clerking/convening roles in a variety of settings
- Student chooses and completes 20 hours of Quaker-related activities from a “menu of options” (examples include attending Meeting for Worship, living in Quaker House, service projects, or taking a Quakerism course)
- Written reflections
- Participate in regularly scheduled Quaker Fellows activities which are designed to equip students to assume increasing levels of leadership
Each selected Quaker Fellow will be awarded a $2,500 annual scholarship. In addition, Earlham will meet the full demonstrated financial need of Quaker Fellows with access to U.S. federal funding.
Some students might be attracted to the program because of the monetary value of the awards. The application committee would like you to consider the following query while applying: Am I careful that scholarship money does not keep me in a program to which I would otherwise not be committed? You do not need to reply to us in writing in response to this query.