Phillips Scholarship


jrp-logoAre you a sophomore interested in community service that could benefit from a $16,500 scholarship?

Consider applying to the Phillips Scholars program.

The Phillips Scholars Program supports potential leaders with outstanding academic credentials who are committed to community service. Five competitively selected Phillips Scholars are eligible to receive a junior-year scholarship ($6,000), a summer stipend to support the development and implementation of a self-designed service project in Minnesota after the junior year ($4,000), project resource funding ($500) and a senior-year scholarship contingent on the successful completion of the summer project ($6,000). Total award is $16,500.

Current sophomores who meet the eligibility requirements below are encouraged to apply. The Jay & Rose Phillips Family Foundation has identified a theme for applicants to focus on, “Addressing the Achievement/Opportunity Gap in Minnesota”, with a focus on projects related to race and equity. The Piper Center for Vocation and Career is eager to support students in developing a community service project proposal and applying for this opportunity.

Information about the Phillips Scholars program, application process and past scholars stories.

St. Olaf application deadline: Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 4:30pm in the Piper Center.

Please submit all your application materials in paper copy to the Piper Center. All letters of recommendation should be emailed directly to Marietta Ruppe <ruppe2>.

Who Qualifies?

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

  • Be a current sophomore
  • Have an excellent academic record (minimum GPA 2.75)
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Aspire to address a significant need within a particular community
  • History of participating in campus activities
  • Interest in community leadership and civic engagement
  • Have a determination to address inequity and interest in closing the achievement gap, particularly in Minnesota
  • Commit to designing & carrying out a large-scale community service project the summer after his/her junior year. (Note: St. Olaf student projects can take place anywhere in Minnesota, not only in Northfield).

Where Can I go to Get More Information?

  • Visit the Phillips Foundation website for current application information, tips and guides, a video clip, and previous scholars stories.
  • The application requires applicants to develop an extensive community service project proposal for a project that could be implemented the summer after the junior year.  It is not required, but it often works best to think about new projects or programs that could be developed with organizations that you have a previous connection with. Interested students are strongly encouraged to meet with Nate Jacobi or Kristi Kehrwald Adair (both coaches in the Piper Center) well in advance of the deadline (by late November or early December) to discuss their interests and community service project interests and ideas. Appointments can be scheduled through Handshake.

Previous St. Olaf Phillips Scholars

Casandra Ladas `19 (2017-19 Phillips Scholar)

Project: Art, Soul, Mind: Promoting Dignity and Individuality Among Homeless Individuals through Visual Arts
Strives to promote self-care, support and community awareness for 35-50 individuals without homes in the Twin Cities. A visual arts course and exhibition at multiple venues with coursework will be offered.

Liz Parroquin `17 (2015-17 Phillips Scholar)

Project: GROW: A Guidance, Reflection, Outreach Workshop for Two Generations in the Northfield Community
GROW has two immediate goals: bring together two generations within a community by providing a mentor-mentee relationship among seniors and predominantly at risk Latino middle school students; and introduce a self-reflective approach to life for both parties. This project has two long-term goals: integrate youth from immigrant families within a community to promote a sense of belonging and connection, and provide a safe, structured environment for participants to reflect upon personal strengths and aspirations by informing participants about effective methods for improving mental/emotional well-being.

Skye Curtis `16  (2014-16 Phillips Scholar)

Project: Reach for the Stars
Use a combination of dramatic arts in a multi-session drama therapy summer camp for the special needs youth of Northfield, MN to build self-efficacy, teach practical life skills, spark playful joy and most importantly, show these amazing kids that the stars they are reaching for are found within. Collaboration with Laura Baker Services.

Serena Xiong `13 (2011-13 Phillips Scholar)

Project: Promoting Radon Awareness among Hmong and Hispanic Communities within Brooklyn Center, Minnesota
The summer project entails a community initiative to promote radon awareness in Hmong and Hispanic communities living in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota. These two communities are underserved in public health education, and are at a high risk for developing lung cancer, because they reside within an area that has tested positive for high Radon exposure. As part of the project, Serena will partner with the Minnesota Department of Health Indoor Air Unit to establish a Radon Health Education Committee, offer educational workshops and distribute radon testing kits. Read more about Serena’s project.

Andrew Wilson `11 (2009-11 Phillips Scholar)

Project: Hip-Hop Anonymous (Hip-Hop Anonimo in Spanish)
In order to erase the skewed negative reputation that the youth of Northfield have received through recent local and statewide media coverage Andrew created a branch of the Northfield Union of Youth (The Key) called “Hip-Hop Anonymous” that will use the four main aspects of true Hip-Hop culture to allow youth to demonstrate their colors in an appealing, community-approved way. Read more about Andrew.

Jennifer Kramm `10 (2008-10 Phillips Scholar)

Project: Latino VentuREACH  
An experiential-learning extension of an existing youth summer program called Summer Plus. Latino VentuREACH offered culturally sensitive programming derived and directed by youth interests. Read more about Jenny.

Kirstan Ketter `04 (2002-04 Phillips Scholar)

Project: Reaching Our Goals Latino Mentoring Program
Expanded a mentoring program she created for Hispanic youth in
Northfield, called Reaching Our Goals.