Teams of Scholars do a large portion of the work that makes programs and activities successful. Open to all Scholars, the teams work closely with the Scholar-led Advisory Board, which meets monthly. All scholars are encouraged to get involved and serving on the teams and advisory board is a great way to contribute as well as develop leadership skills.
Scholars are active participants in the Emory and Atlanta communities, including, but not limited to the following:
- College Honors Program participants
- Members of honor and social societies such as Phi Beta Kappa, Greek sororities & fraternities, Phi Eta Sigma, etc.
- Research assistants in Emory labs
- Editors and contributing writers for “The Emory Wheel” and other student publications
- Volunteer Emory
- Peer educators and tutors for Emory classes
Coffee Talks consist of a series of monthly discussions led by Emory faculty or upperclassmen Scholar leaders. Here, Scholars meet in a group of five to twelve students to talk with various faculty members and Scholar leaders about their academic work and their lives both inside and outside of the classroom. These popular talks offer a great way to get to know faculty and fellow scholars on a more personal level.
Through a wide range of service and cultural opportunities, Scholars have ample opportunity to be involved in both on-campus and off-campus communities. Scholars can volunteer with a host of organizations that have established relationships with Emory. There are opportunities for both Scholar-organized events and individual involvement with these organizations.
Each year, Scholars reserve a weekend in the fall semester for the Scholars Fall Retreat. The Scholars meet in focus groups to plan for the upcoming year, participate in themed sessions with faculty members, play games and music, hike, and relax. This is just one of the ways in which connections are made – and bonds are forged – within the Scholars community.
Finalists Weekend is our invitation to stellar students to become a part of our Emory Scholars community. During March, four days are set aside as Scholar Finalists Weekend so that outstanding candidates for admission to Emory can be interviewed for merit-based awards. Prospective students experience Emory's campus and current scholars participate along with the staff from both the Scholars Program and Admissions. Finalists are brought to Emory (at no expense to them) for activities designed to help them become better acquainted with programs and opportunities at Emory, and to aid the Scholars Selection Committee in making its final choices for the various awards. Attendance is mandatory for all Scholar finalists. Finalists Weekend 2013 is March 20-23.
Current Emory Scholars produce a newsletter that is published three times per semester during the academic year. The newsletter provides updates, calendar reminders, and articles on current scholars, alumni, and other topics related to the program.
Scholarship and Service Summer Program (SAS)
The Scholarship and Service Summer Program (SAS) helps Scholars become more involved in service with local communities. SAS offers Scholars an opportunity to work as an intern over the summer in an approved service setting in Atlanta, giving students more experience in community-based learning. In addition to study discussion sessions, scholars have opportunities for personal reflection and mentoring. A Theory Practice Learning program, SAS helps expand Scholars' knowledge about Atlanta and their particular service setting, themselves, and others, as they discover how they best learn and serve as part of a community.
Feras Akbik reflecting on his SAS experience:
"As a uniquely powerful tool of exploration, I think this program is an extremely powerful asset, both to Emory and the scholars community. Not only have I been able to experience alternate views and ways of life, my exploration has also been extremely reflective and introspective. I have been able to dig deeper into myself and tease out what I truly believe in certain areas,
ranging from what I want to do with my life to the kind of attitude I want to live every day. Not only have I been able to explore myself and service, but I have really come to appreciate how well this program integrates Emory into the Atlanta community."
Summer Study Abroad
Each year, scholarships for an Emory CIPA summer study-abroad program are made available to Emory Scholars. Scholars receive a set amount for summer study abroad, which is determined annually by the Emory Scholars Program, and are expected to cover transportation and miscellaneous expenses themselves. Please refer to the Scholar benefits for a complete description of the selection criteria. For more information on these awards, visit the CIPA website at www.cipa.emory.edu.