Phillips Scholar Program

Applications are now open for the 2022 Phillips Scholar Program!

Are you a first year, sophomore, or junior interested in community service who could benefit jrp-logofrom a $9,500 scholarship?

Consider applying to the 2022 Phillips Scholars Program.

The Phillips Scholars Program is a leadership development program providing students the opportunity to create, collaborate on, and complete a summer project focusing on a specific community issue.

This program invests in future leaders by providing the space and opportunity to develop key skills in real world circumstances. It recognizes and rewards Minnesota private college students who strive to make life better for those with unmet needs. Students from 15 eligible private colleges and universities (including St. Olaf College) are invited to apply to this unique program by submitting a proposed service project to benefit Minnesota communities. Each campus will select up to three students to compete for one of ten – $9,500 Phillips Scholars awards. This is a one-year program.

Phillips Scholars create and test innovative ideas that address community problems — running their own summer programming. There’s support along the way, with the students coming together to develop their leadership skills and prepare for their projects.

The Phillips Scholars Program provides scholars the opportunity to do much more than volunteer. Scholars are challenged to identify community needs that fit within a theme and explore ways to create social change by designing and implementing a service project.


Engagement and preparation over the 2022-23 academic year, with five trainings and a two-day retreat for the cohort. Students will complete a community service project in Minnesota during the summer of 2023. Students also receive:

  • $5,000 in college scholarship for the 2022-23 academic year
  • $4,000 for a summer 2023 stipend
  • $500 for a supply stipend


2022-23 Academic Year
The Phillips Scholars Program will take approximately 5-10 hours of planning per week during 2022-23 academic year. In addition, Phillips Scholars are required to attend five, two-hour trainings throughout the year and a two-day retreat. Please be aware of the time commitment this program requires when applying. We understand students have many other commitments (i.e., family obligations, sports/extracurriculars, clubs/organizations, volunteering, work). Please be sure you have the capacity to fulfill this commitment when applying.

Summer 2023
Scholars will complete a community service project somewhere in Minnesota. Projects should require a significant time commitment but can be part-time or full-time.

Who Qualifies?

To be eligible for a Phillips Scholarship, a student must:

  • Be enrolled full-time at one of 15 institutions (St. Olaf is one of the institutions)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Be a first-year, sophomore or junior in the spring of 2022
  • Aspire to address a significant need within a particular community
  • Demonstrate interest in civic engagement
  • Be able to participate in all required program trainings and events
  • Be able to complete a community service project in Minnesota during the summer of 2023


  • Monday, January 17 from 3:30-4 PM CT (Zoom link provided upon registration)
  • Tuesday, January 25 from 3:30-4 PM CT (Zoom link provided upon registration)

How to Apply

All first-years, sophomores, and juniors who meet the eligibility requirements above are encouraged to apply.

To apply, please make a copy of and complete this application form. When finished, email your application to Nate Jacobi <> no later than Sunday, February 13 at 5 PM CT. The Piper Center will then select 3 finalists who will compete with students from across Minnesota for a spot in the program.

Questions? Email Nate Jacobi <> or schedule an appointment with him via Handshake.