Civic engagement means developing the critical knowledge and practical skills needed to be aware and active participants in our communities, whether they are local, state, national or global. The Graham Civic Scholars program engages students in researching issues of critical importance to Florida and its sixty-seven counties. Students work under the supervision of Graham Center staff and Civic Scholar mentors in conducting in-depth interviews as part of their investigation of the topics. The culminating event of the program is a round-table gathering of students where they tackle the issues and offer solutions and strategies on the topics that were examined during the semester.
Spring 2017 - Applications Now Open
The topic for the 2017 Graham Civic Scholars program is early childhood education in Florida's counties.
If selected, you will be assigned to a county, or small cluster of counties, in Florida. We will do our best to accommodate county preferences, but scholars are expected to meet all program requirements regardless of the counties they are assigned. Upon completion of all program requirements, each student will receive a $500 stipend.
Download and read the information packet before applying: 2017 Civic Scholars Information Packet
NOTE: If you receive financial aid, the stipend can potentially impact your student loans — you may want to check with Student Financial Services prior to applying.
Cumulative reports and policy papers have been authored by students on the topics outlined below. View here.
The topic for the 2016 Graham Civic Scholars program is mental health services for children in Florida's counties. If selected, you will be assigned to a county in Florida. We will do our best to accommodate your county preferences, but scholars are expected to meet all program requirements regardless of the county to which they are assigned. Upon completion of all program requirements, each student will receive a $500 stipend.
Spring 2015: Food Insecurity
The Bob Graham Center selected 50 students to study food insecurity in Florida during spring 2015 semester. The Center aligned its program topic with the Dean of Students Office's Common Reading Program and accompanying events. Of the 50 students selected, 10 were chosen to plan and implement a service learning project, and three students will be provided financial support to write a senior thesis or public policy proposal on the issue.
Spring 2014: Aging Physical Infrastructure
The Bob Graham Center selected 50 students to study aging physical infrastructure in an assigned Florida county or Regional Planning Council and write a report. Additionally, two students are currently working on public policy proposals and another is working on a GIS project to document aging infrastructure concerns. We anticipate that their work will be completed by January 2015.
Spring 2013: Water Resources & Supply
The Graham Center commissioned 50 undergraduate students to conduct research on Florida’s water resources and the ways in which Florida’s counties are addressing issues related to water supply.
Fall 2011: Families & Homelessness
Building on the success of the 2011 summer research project, the BGC expanded its Civic Scholar program to tackle the important issue of families experiencing homelessness. A group of 100 Civic Scholars representing 36 different majors were selected for the Families and Homelessness Project. Scholars examined the plight of families that are homeless in Florida and assessed how individual counties respond to this issue. They then identified the top problems with their designated county’s approach to the issue and proposed possible solutions.