by Craig Layne
Dickinson College President Margee Ensign has announced the creation of the Dickinson-Carlisle Scholarship, a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to be awarded annually to a college-bound Carlisle resident who is engaged in service and leadership in the community. The scholarship reflects Dickinson’s deep commitment to the community and to providing a distinctive brand of useful education that informs a life of civic engagement.
“Dickinson prepares engaged citizens and the leaders of tomorrow,” said Ensign. “We are encouraging Carlisle students to continue their service for the common good at Dickinson, while benefiting from an exceptional liberal-arts education.”
Dickinson-Carlisle Scholarship candidates must be residents of Carlisle, whether attending an area high school or home schooled, have a permanent Carlisle postal address at the time of the award, and have the intention of full-time college enrollment at Dickinson the following fall. Students with financial need will receive priority consideration in the scholarship selection process.
Nominations are accepted from the community, and candidates may also self-nominate. The application deadline is Jan. 15, 2018, using the Common Application. Candidates must also write a 500- to 700-word essay describing what “engaged citizenship” means to them, how they have engaged in service or leadership in the community, and how they hope to continue to serve others during their time at college. Successful candidates will demonstrate academic excellence, engagement in the community, drive to confront important issues and a strong sense of integrity, selflessness and service. Candidates can begin the application process or find more information here.
Dickinson supports civic engagement in Carlisle and around the globe through its President’s Commission on Community and Civic Learning & Engagement, and through numerous groups and efforts on campus. In the past year, Dickinson students served more than 6,000 hours with community partners such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Carlisle Arts Learning Center, The Salvation Army and the Carlisle YWCA.
Dickinson recently became the first liberal-arts college to join the Engagement Scholarship Consortium, which promotes research on and study of the impacts of community-campus partnerships, educating the public on effective programs for community change. President Ensign serves as ESC’s vice president. The college has also received a $650,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation to enhance civic learning and engagement on campus and in the community. One of the goals of the grant is to develop more sustained connections between the college and its community partners.
Published November 14, 2017