Come ready to grow. Come ready to learn. Become an agent of change.
Quaker Fellows echoes Earlham's core values. Utilizing Quaker faith and practice, the program engages the whole person and prepares students to be agents of change in the world. Quaker Fellows includes three formation cores: spirituality, community, and leadership development. The program is designed for young adults who are serious about serving as leaders in their communities, developing tools for social transformation, and living a life grounded in the Spirit.
Within this program, students engage with peers and faculty to discover their own leadings and gifts, determine for themselves what it means to be a "servant leader", and practice skills that will serve them at Earlham and beyond. Program participants consider the query, "what does it look like for me to live a life of engagement?" through exploring central issues of faith, theology, ideology, and purpose. Upon completion of the program, students will be equipped to: work for Quaker peace, advocacy and service agencies; facilitate group process and decision-making; apply Quaker principles in the field of business, industry, or other professional work; work in Friends' education institutions; and offer Quaker ministry in programmed and unprogrammed Meetings.
Program participation varies based on the student's interest. Some options for participation include: serving on the College Meeting for Worship Cabinet, taking a course in Quakerism or Leadership Development, meeting with a Spiritual Nurturer, participating in or convening Earlham Young Friends, attending Quaker-related events, training in and leading clearness committees, designing a weekend conference, living in Quaker house, teaching Quaker values during New Student Orientation, or serving as a teaching assistant.
Quaker Fellows requires a time commitment of approximately six hours per week of programming and is available to qualified Quaker students for the duration of their time at Earlham (with required re-enrollment each year based on academic standing).
- Active involvement in the Society of Friends (Quakers)
- Familiarity with Quakerism and resonance with Quaker faith and practice
- Positive attitude, flexibility, and commitment to group process
- Welcoming of cross-cultural and inter-religious dialogue
- Openness and commitment to talking about and exploring spiritual growth
- Respect for differing viewpoints and backgrounds
- Ability to work intensely with a small group of peers
This program has a scholarship component of $2,000 per academic year. Accepted participants will also receive Earlham's annual $3,000 Quaker Wilkinson Award. Applicants for the Quaker Fellow scholarship program must be new applicants to Earlham College.