The IMPACT Scholarship recognizes students demonstrating a commitment to service in their home community and a desire to continue this commitment during their voyage. This competitive scholarship is awarded to 5-6 students per voyage who then form the cohort of IMPACT scholars. These students work closely with Student Life and the Field Office and are responsible for infusing a spirit of service among the shipboard community by organizing and leading the Waves of IMPACT student club while at sea as well as supporting the IMPACT & INTERCONNECT Field Programs.
IMPACT scholars receive a tuition scholarship up to $3,500 plus $500 credit towards participating in IMPACT or INTERCONNECT Field Programs (any applicable program fees over this $500 credit will be the responsibilities of the student). In exchange for this scholarship, each IMPACT scholar signs a contract agreeing to the following expectations: (Failure to fulfill these duties could result in resignation of scholarship.)
- Infuse a spirit of service and community engagement among shipboard community by being an actively engaged participant and inspiring and motivating others to do the same
- Participate in two or more IMPACT or INTERCONNECT Field Program(s) (up to $500 credit will be applied to accounts to be used towards programs categorized as IMPACT/ INTERCONNECT.)
- Write a personal reflection paper and provide program feedback to the home office after each IMPACT/ INTERCONNECT Field Program.
- Share your Field Program experience on social media and encourage peers to participate. Social media posts should include #semesteratsea #impact and your voyage hashtag.
- Organize and recruit peers to participate in the Waves of IMPACT Club (on-ship student organization open to all)
- Serve as a leader in the Waves of IMPACT Club and oversee the planning, successful implementation and evaluation of at least two ship-wide service-based campaigns or initiatives
- To abide by all policies and procedures listed in the voyager’s handbook for the duration of the voyage.
- To remain fully engaged in the academic program for the duration of the voyage.
Applications are evaluated using the following criteria: Demonstrated Leadership Aptitude and Service to Community; Self-awareness, & Global Awareness; Leadership Potential and a Passion for Serving Others; Academic Merit.