Robert L. Lewis Academy of Scholars
The Robert L. Lewis Academy of Scholars is an experience designed for ambitious students with a passion for social justice who want to make a difference in their communities and in the world. This program requires a commitment of a complete academic year and is divided into Fall Semester and Spring Semester components.
You will study the history and philosophy of social justice through successful completion of the PHIL-208H Honors Social Justice course. As a Scholar in the Academy, you will also attend two mandatory meetings during the Fall semester, in September and in early November. With the support of faculty and community experts, you will prepare and present a proposal for your project that addresses a personal interest to "change the world."
While earning Independent Study credits, you will work one-on-one with your community mentor(s) and independent study faculty to produce your project. You will also meet once a month with your fellow Academy Scholars in stimulating gatherings to share the creative experience.
At the end of the semester, the Academy of Scholars concludes with a showcase of the projects at the Tri-C Student Success Symposium.
Students will benefit from:
- Participating in a 2000-level Honors course and independent study experience
- Honing community leadership skills for resume-building and college transfer
- Networking with community leaders
- Exploring interests in Social Justice while making a difference in your community
- Potential scholarship and project funding
Learn more about the Academy and read about several Academy alumni:
How to Apply
To be considered for admission into the Academy, submit the College's Common Application along with a recommendation from a faculty or community member. Students are accepted into the program each summer to begin the two-semester experience in the fall.
Students are expected to be self-motivated and inspired to explore social justice topics. A 3.50 or higher GPA is required. If you are ineligible for financial assistance through the FAFSA or other financial assistance programs or scholarships, you may be eligible for scholarship funds for the two required courses through the Robert L. Lewis Academy of Scholars program.
1. Complete and submit the application form below.
2. Request a recommendation from a professor, teacher or employer who knows you and can speak to your ability to benefit from participation in the Academy. Ask them to complete and submit the recommendation form.
If you have questions about the application process or the Academy program, please contact Dean Herbert Mausser at 216-987-4660, or send an e-mail to Herbert.Mausser@tri-c.edu.