Global Citizen Scholars

The Global Citizen Scholars Program seeks highly curious, motivated, and engaged students from broad and diverse backgrounds to join its fall cohort 2018.

The program will provide up to 20 students with unique learning opportunities in three areas — civic engagement, global learning, and U.S. diversity. It integrates work in these three areas as its basis, combining coursework with a range of high-impact experiences and intensive advising. These areas combine very powerfully to inform a global and committed citizenry who can think outside the box, as it encourages students to engage in diverse communities and cultures — not as passive observers, but as mindful participants — and asks students to make sense of their itinerary along the way.

As a part of this leadership program, every student commits to civic engagement, diversity initiatives and study abroad. Each cohort works through the lens of a relevant global theme and/or world region. Over the course of the program, Global Citizen Scholars acquire the skills and competencies to make sensible and sensitive decisions with contextual understanding, and to collaborate and produce results both individually and as a group.

Program Benefits:

  • Work with close-knit group of like-minded students.
  • Benefit from close advising and guidance of instructors.
  • Develop leadership, presentation, and communication skills.
  • All expenses paid toward group retreats, domestic immersion weekend, diversity, or social justice conference.
  • Up to $2,000 toward abroad experience(s).

Program Features:

  • Fall semester topic-appropriate First-Year Seminar.
  • Two-credit GCS course beginning the spring of the first year.
  • One year of civic engagement in the Meadville community.
  • A national diversity or social justice conference.
  • Two semesters of language study at Allegheny
  • An abroad experience.

For more information, contact:

Laura Reeck

Professor of French, International Studies Chair

Dave Roncolato

Director of Civic Engagement, Professor of Community and Justice Studies

Global Citizen Year Partnership

Applicants to Allegheny College who are interested in pursuing a pre-college gap year are encouraged to consider the following opportunity.
Allegheny College partners with Global Citizen Year to offer an 8-month global immersion and leadership training program in one of the following four locations: Brazil, Ecuador, India or Senegal. Allegheny/Global Citizen Year Fellows live with a host family and apprentice to a local organization working in education, health or sustainability. This approach is aligned with Allegheny’s mission to educate and inspire engaged global citizens.
If you are interested in applying for this opportunity, please consult Global Citizen Year’s website for application materials and upcoming deadlines. If you indicate on your application that you are also applying to Allegheny College, Global Citizen Year will fast track your application, guarantee you a final interview, and consider you for the available pool of need-based financial aid. They will also inform Allegheny Admissions when your application to Global Citizen Year is complete.
If you are accepted to both Allegheny College and Global Citizen Year, our Admissions team will defer both your admission offer and financial aid package for one year to allow you to participate in this transformative year of cross-cultural immersion and self-discovery. We will also give you special consideration for Allegheny’s Global Citizen Scholars program when you arrive on campus.