Established in 1983, PBHA’s STRIDE Community Service Scholars Program (formerly known as Stride Rite) supports students of diverse economic and social backgrounds as they become leaders in their communities, both as undergraduates and beyond. To do this, the program provides reflection and skill development opportunities, mentorship, and financial assistance.
“The Service Scholars Community Service program gave me the opportunity to pursue my passion for community service – cementing in my mind my life’s desire to serve others – while making the money I needed to put myself through college.” – Robert Giannino ’94
Scholarships are awarded to income-eligible undergraduate students to support a consistent, year-round commitment to service. Scholars join a community of undergraduates dedicated to service and social justice. The group engages in reflection and shared learning, guided by program staff and community members. In addition, scholars receive financial support to make their service work possible and one-on-one mentorship in social justice values and careers. Any enrolled full-time college student eligible for Federal Work-Study, significant financial aid, or from a low-income background is invited to apply. Scholars engage in year-round meaningful service starting in the summer each year.
Program participants commit to:
- service work continuity with a geographic, population, or issue-based community year-round
- 25 hours/week for at least 6 weeks of service over the summer
- 8 hours/week average during the academic year
- 4 full group meetings (1 summer, 1 fall, 2 spring)
- 2 small group meetings (1 fall, 1 spring)
- 2 one-on-one meetings (1 fall, 1 spring)
- 2 reflection essays (1 fall, 1 spring)
- 8 hours of leadership development training (typically one or two days in the fall)
- 2 PBHA-wide events (fall Call of Service Lecture and Award, and spring Public Service Celebration)
Program participants who fulfill the commitments receive:
- structured mentorship and leadership skill-building in socially just, community-based work.
- connections with the STRIDE alumni network in public service fields.
- compensation up to $2000 during summer of service (non-duplicated with other funding).
- compensation up to Federal Work-Study Ceiling, or up to a stipend of $1000 per semester if not eligible for work-study (non-duplicated with other funding).
- a reflective, compassionate, and dedicated cohort of peers thinking about and striving toward social justice in their lives, volunteering, and work.