Students who would thrive at Earlham tend to be passionate and engaged learners, and want to make a positive impact in the community and in the world. They tend to be high achieving in and out of the classroom. In an effort to support them, we offer resources and opportunities to students to ensure their success and retention. The names and descriptions of three of our signature programs are below.
The Bonner Scholars Program
The Bonner Scholars Program was created to assist students with a passion for community service to obtain a college education while making a difference in the community. Bonner Scholars participate in a cohort-based, structured, developmental program in which they make connections between their service experiences, their academic pursuits, and their career goals. Students selected as Bonner Scholars receive $2,500 plus their full demonstrated need met each year and volunteer at least 140 hours/semester (an average of 10 hours/week).
Application and More Information:
Students apply for Bonner at the same time they are applying for admission to Earlham with a February 1 deadline. Visit the Bonner Scholars website for more information.
Library Immersion Fellowship Team (LIFT)
The LIFT Program matches small groups of first-generation students with a personal research librarian during seven weeks of the fall semester of their first year at Earlham. Every LIFT student receives an electronic tablet or device to use for their four years at Earlham and beyond. Students will engage with trending issues, while acquiring research competencies, library experience, and personal connections with an Earlham administrative faculty member and a few of their classmates in a small-group setting. In the spring semester, students attend resource panels and presentations on topics geared toward first-generation students. Students meet first-generation alumni and faculty, and receive guidance about educational and career planning. LIFT also offers a free off-campus term during May for first-year, first-generation students, co-led by a librarian/faculty pair. The 2017 destination was Montreal, and 2018 was Hawaii. Students apply for the off-campus term in December and January of their first-year.
Application and More Information:
Students apply for LIFT the summer before they begin their first year at Earlham. Visit the LIFT website for more information.
The Ronald E. McNair Program
The Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement Program is designed to prepare students who have traditionally been underrepresented in graduate studies for the journey leading to the Ph.D. (The U.S. Department of Education in this instance, defines underrepresented as first-generation college students from any race, from low income backgrounds, or Black, Hispanic or Latinx, Native American, or Pacific Islander.) As participants in the program, students will have access to skills building courses and tutoring, research experiences with a faculty mentor, and individualized assistance through the graduate school application process.
Application and More Information
Students apply for McNair during their sophomore year at Earlham. Visit the McNair Program website for more information.
Director of the McNair Scholars Program
The Multicultural Resource Center
The Multicultural Resource Center was created to advance the College’s commitment to fostering an environment that is inclusive, equitable and diverse. It serves as a student-centered, safe space that supports underrepresented and marginalized communities, while cultivating the holistic empowerment of all students. The Multicultural Resource Center provides programs, services and activities that promote unity, identity development, academic excellence and leadership. Consistent with the College’s Quaker heritage and liberal arts mission, it aims to foster a campus climate that encourages all students to live, learn and thrive in a diverse and global world.