Nominations open for Gephardt Institute’s Civic Scholars Program

Nominations are now open for the Gephardt Institute for Public Service Civic Scholars Program. The program now includes both a Classic Civic Scholars cohort and a Study Abroad cohort.

Classic Civic Scholars enroll in two years of academic coursework related to civic leadership and receive mentorship to prepare them for a life dedicated to public service. Scholars also receive a $5,000 grant to implement a civic project in the summer between their junior and senior years.

The new Study Abroad Civic Scholars program is adapted for students who go abroad in the fall of their junior year. This new development is designed for students interested in both developing as civic leaders and studying abroad. While either cohort can complete international civic projects, the Study Aboard scholars can use their time abroad as a foundation for future engagement.

Faculty, staff and administrators can nominate sophomores for both the Classic and the Study Abroad Civic Scholars here. The nomination deadline is Dec. 2.

The seven 2014 Civic Scholars completed their first year of coursework and their summer projects in cities ranging from St. Louis to Berlin.

Meanwhile, the Class of 2013 Civic Scholars cohort graduated this spring and remains committed to civic engagement after graduation. They include: Peter Birke, a Brookings Institution intern and fellow in the New York Urban Fellows Program; Grace Chao, a White House intern and a student at Harvard Medical School; Michael Harries, who joined Teach for America in Chicago; Pia Marcus, who works with Gardens for Health International in Rwanda; and Andreas Mitchell, who is also a student at Harvard Medical School.

For more information, contact Jenni Harpring at or (314) 935-8182.