Opportunities and Resources for Students

PFA Student Profiles

Read about Wheelock's Class of 2017 Passion for Action Scholars in the news
Zachary Kerr
Danielle Spivack
Karen Morales
Alexandra Abrecht

"The one thing that makes life worth living is to serve a cause, and the greatest cause that can be served is Childhood Education."

- Lucy Wheelock, My Life Story, p. 50.

Volunteer and Engagement Opportunities & Programs

City YearCity Year
With City Year experience and a Wheelock education, you can become a more confident, knowledgeable, capable advocate for change, prepared to serve, lead and succeed in a variety of careers. You will value learning, growth, and opportunity as keys to a sustainable society. You will inspire a world of good.

Wheelock College and Jumpstart launched a formal partnership in the fall of 2005. This partnership pairs college students with preschoolers to promote literacy, language, and social skills. Wheelock students focus solely in the Roxbury area as part of the School Readiness for All Initiative. In addition, The Wheelock Jumpstart site has the largest percentage of student participation of any college or university in the Boston area and continues to be cited as a national model.

Muddy River Symposium
The annual Muddy River Symposium is a great opportunity for the COF institutions to share their research, service learning and build partnerships within the community.

Passion for Action Scholarship Program
The Passion for Action Scholarship Program supports scholars in learning to nurture and apply their passion to become leaders for positive change in their community, their nation, and the world.

Policy FellowsStudent Policy Fellows Program
In its eighth year, the Wheelock Student Policy Fellows Program ties directly into Wheelock's mission to improve the lives of children and families. A life-changing experience, the program helps Wheelock students to gain the skills they need to become leaders and advocates who will enact positive, systemic change.

Wheelock College and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) partnered to offer a one-week STEM camp for 20-25 rising 10th grade Boston Public School students. The fundamental role of the camp is to introduce middle school students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts through a combination of classroom experiments and field experiences at Boston-area companies that include science as an integral part of their businesses.

Ubuntu Arts
A college-community endeavor in which Wheelock students and community-based sites facilitate collaborative youth art-making and exhibition in the spirit of Ubuntu.

Service Learning Trips

Presidential International Service Learning Program offers students the opportunity for deep learning through academically-supported service and community engagement projects with a civic focus. Service learning and exposure to a variety of cultures is an integral part of a Wheelock education, beginning right from students' first year on campus. In 2012-2013, 55 students provided more than 1,478 service hours during trips to South Africa, West Africa (Benin and Ghana), Northern Ireland, Belize, Haiti, Germany and Barbados. Students return inspired and excited about the integration of learning and service. Find out more.

Click here to read the chapter "Putting passion in action: Service Learning at Wheelock College" from Learning to Serve: Promoting Civil Society Through Service Learning written by former President Marjorie Bakken with contributions from several members of the Wheelock community.


Jobs & Internships

Career Services empowers you to make informed career decisions by helping you explore co-curricular, educational, and professional opportunities consistent with your interests, abilities, and values. Visit the Career Services web page.

Awards and Grants

City Year
Wheelock College is proud to partner with City Year to offer "give a year" scholarships to selected Wheelock undergraduate and graduate students who spend a year serving as City Year corps members. Wheelock annually awards up to 10 "give a year" undergraduate scholarships that provide $15,000 of financial assistance to each new student in addition to five graduate scholarships that provide a 25-percent overall tuition discount.

Passion for Action Scholarship Program
The Passion for Action Scholarship (PFAS) supports scholars who learn to nurture and apply their passion in becoming leaders of change in their community, their nation, and the world through:

  • The scholarship provides a $20,000 annual award toward Wheelock College tuition.
  • Community Service and Service Learning: While attending Wheelock, scholars are expected to work on a self-initiated community service project and also participate in coursework-related service learning experiences.
  • The Leadership Seminar: Scholars attend a series of leadership seminars and other related events during each of their four years at Wheelock College.
  • Documentation, Reflection, and Presentation: Scholars document their work, reflect on its impact and relevancy, and give presentations on community service and leadership.

Service Learning Scholarships from Santander
Wheelock College has a ten-year relationship with Santander, formerly Sovereign Bank. Santander Universities, the nonprofit arm of Santander Bank that collaborates with universities on unique global initiatives, has granted $25,000 per year for three years, to expand student scholarships for Wheelock's Presidential International Service Learning Program.

Opportunities Outside Wheelock

All For Good
All for Good is a hub for volunteerism and community service on the Internet, and a service of Points of Light. We envision the site as a meeting place for organizations and individuals, providing a communal platform that allows people to see where change is needed, and makes it easy for them to engage. Powered by the largest online database of volunteer opportunities, All for Good is connecting Americans with nonprofits both large and small.

Alliant Energy Community Service Scholarship
The Alliant Energy Foundation is offering a new scholarship opportunity to recognize outstanding community leadership in young people and help students reach their academic goals. Up to 25 $1,000 scholarships are awarded to Midwest students annually through the new Alliant Energy Foundation Community Service Scholarship Program. Award selection is based on participation in a leadership role.

Campus Compact
Works to develop students not only as active citizens but also as leaders in guiding their own civic and academic learning. Its initiatives both guide and recognize students' efforts to make college a place to connect with the community. Offers the Newman student award,  Peace First Prize Fellowship and other recognition and funding programs

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards
The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program was created in 1995 by Prudential in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to honor middle level and high school students for outstanding service to others at the local, state, and national level.

Samuel Huntington Public Service Award
The Samuel Huntington Public Service Award offers a $15,000 stipend to a graduating college senior to undertake a one-year public service project anywhere in the world immediately following graduation. Students are encourage to develop their own proposal for public service in the U.S. or abroad. The proposal may encompass any activity that furthers the public good.

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Campus Compact
Works to develop students not only as active citizens but also as leaders in guiding their own civic and academic learning. Its initiatives both guide and recognize students' efforts to make college a place to connect with the community.

GOOD Maker
GOOD Maker is a platform that makes good things happen. GOOD Maker gives individuals and organizations that ability to tap into the public's creativity and energy to address an issue that is important to them. Through small community-initiated challenges, students and organizations can submit funding requests to a community challenge.

Youth Service America (YSA)
YSA is a resource center that partners with thousands of organizations committed to increasing the quality and quantity of volunteer opportunities for young people, ages 5-25, to serve locally, nationally, and globally. Founded in 1986, YSA's mission is to expand the impact of the youth service movement with communities, schools, corporations, and governments. YSA also provides information and applications for incentives such as grants, awards and stipends. YSA envisions a global culture of engaged youth who are committed to a lifetime of service, learning, leadership and achievement.

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