Tisch Scholars for Citizenship and Public Service

Through this innovative, multi-year leadership program, Tisch Scholars become effective active citizens and catalysts for change. Read about current Tisch Scholar projects.

Becoming a Tisch Scholar

The application period for the 2013-2014 Tisch Scholar’s program has now closed. Click here or email activecitizen@tufts.edu to join the Tisch College contact list and receive notifications about 2014-2015.

Freshmen and Sophomores may apply to the Tisch Scholars program by completing the application. Sophomores entering the program must plan to stay on campus in the fall of junior year (may only go abroad in the spring) and be on campus the entirety of their senior year.

Scholars Program Year‐by‐Year

This developmental program consciously builds knowledge and skills year-by-year, so students can effectively understand community assets, identify root causes of issues, enter communities as outsiders, and manage projects.

Freshman Year: In the fall, students apply to join the program.  Selected students then register for the spring course Education for Active Citizenship (EXP-0041), which lays the foundation for work in the community. The 15-20 students accepted into the program also attend a weekend retreat together.  Applications are due in early October and may be completed on the Scholar application page.

Sophomore Year: Sophomores are matched with a project developed by the community, working 6-8 hours per week at the community site. The majority of sophomore projects are in Tufts’ host communities of Medford, Somerville and Boston’s Chinatown.

Junior Year: Juniors may study abroad for all or part of the year. When not abroad, juniors take on increased responsibility and independence through a new or continued project on or off campus.

Senior Year: Seniors develop their own projects which can range from leading a student group on campus, completing an honors thesis or capstone in an academic discipline, or managing a project off-campus.  With the skills they’ve developed through the program, seniors take on significant responsibility, designing, managin,g and implementing projects.

For more information

If you have any questions, contact Sara Allred, Scholars Program Administrator, at sara.allred@tufts.edu.

You may also want to explore the links below to read about past Scholar Projects:

 2012-2013 Scholars’ projects — 2011-2012 Scholars’ projects — 2010-2011 Scholars’ projects — 2009-2010 Scholars’ projects — 2008-2009 Scholars’ projects — 2007-2008 Scholars’ projects