Alumni support in-stream scholars (when scholars are in the four years of the Loran Award we call them “in-stream”) in many ways and we know that you’re interested in what’s happening with the program. That’s why we wanted to give you an update on what is going on at this time of year during the program. 

Back to School. 

Scholars are back to school at universities around the country. You can probably imagine some of the things that they are thinking about and experiencing. In particular, it’s a good time to think about first year scholars. They are just over one month into life in a new community.

Planning the Year Ahead. 

Many scholars are thinking about the kinds of leadership and service activities that they are going to take on this year. If you could use their support in what you do for your communities, please reach out to Carolyn Bailey and she will help you to connect with scholars who might be interested in helping out.

Summer Planning. 

Believe it or not, some scholars will already be starting to think about what their summer experience will be this year. In one of their three summers, each scholar will complete a public policy, community development, and enterprise internship.

Alumni are a huge support for scholars in the process of securing summer internships and right now we’d really appreciate it if you would think about the following opportunities:

Volunteer to be a summer coach for a scholar. Scholars are given the option of being paired with a coach who will help to help them plan their summer internship. Your role as an alumni coach is to provide a scholar with your insights (and hindsight!) in navigating the summer planning process through a short conversation – the expectation is not that you find the scholar a summer position. The commitment is approximately 3 hours scheduled flexibly between November and February.

Host a scholar. We help scholars to find summer positions in the community development, public policy, or enterprise sector by building relationships with organizations that are willing to host them for paid internships (scholars may be able to access a stipend to work at small non-profit organizations). We’d love for you to host a scholar in your organization or to refer us to organizations that you are connected to who might want to do the same.

Email Kelsey Hogan (’13) if you are interested in supporting a scholar as a host or as a coach.