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Established in the fall of 2013, the Pathways Fellowships Program was created to enable St. John’s students to transition into graduate study or careers that call for special or prerequisite courses. Pathways Fellowships are available for summer study abroad (Global Pathways program) and for summer study or attendance at professional conferences in the United States (General Pathways program).
Through this program, students will be able to enroll, for example, in teacher education courses for the pursuit of public school teaching, art classes in preparation of a portfolio, pre-medical or biomedical courses, or global education programs. (These are only a sample of options and not meant to be all-encompassing). St. John’s College is committed to supporting students in the pursuit of such endeavors.
Although both programs are geared for preparation toward a career path, Pathways Fellowships are in support of pre-requisite courses (both in the United States and overseas) needed for application to graduate or professional school programs, or for attendance at professional conferences in the United States. Ariel Internship awards enable students to experience what it is like to work in a specific career field.
Applications will be accepted from all current full-time freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, including international students, on the Santa Fe campus, who are in good academic and disciplinary standing. The maximum award amounts vary depending on each situation and budget. (Transfer students from Annapolis may apply while enrolled in Santa Fe.)
Financial need does not affect a student’s eligibility for either a Global or General Pathways Fellowship. Students must be returning to either the Santa Fe or Annapolis campus in the fall immediately following their fellowship experience, unless they are graduating seniors. GPAs will be considered for all proposals for credit-granting academic programs.
The number and award size for both Global and General Pathways Fellowships varies depending on how much funding is available, the number of applications received, and the amount of each student’s request. For clarification about the amount of funding available for these awards, contact the director of Personal and Professional Development.
Application packets are available in mid-October. Completed applications for Global Pathways must be submitted by mid-December. Applications for General Pathways are due in early March (check with the Office of Personal and Professional Development for exact dates). Both applications are designed to prepare you for what you might expect from graduate or professional school applications. Components include an application form with a budget, an essay explaining what course is being proposed and why it is significant for a student’s future plans, an official description of the proposed course of study (downloaded from internet or copied from a program brochure), and two letters of recommendation (at least one from a tutor).
The Thorne and Braziel/Lynn Premedical Scholarships are now part of the General Pathways Fellowships program. Applicants for premedical or biomedical courses must submit a General Pathways application, due in early March. Check with the Office of Personal and Professional Development for exact dates.
The Pathways Fellowship Committee, comprised of faculty and staff, considers each application individually on its overall strength and focus.
If you choose to accept a Pathways Fellowship award, you are not eligible for an Ariel Internship stipend until the following summer. You may apply for both, but can accept only one. Both Global and General Pathways Fellowships may not be deferred. If a student decides not to accept the fellowship, he/she must reapply for the following year. Students do not earn credit toward a St. John’s degree by participating in either the Global or General Pathways Fellowships Program. Generally only one Ariel Internship and one Pathways Fellowship can be awarded while a student is enrolled at either St. John’s campus.
Yes, and, in fact, there are three global education programs which have close ties to St. John’s College: The Marchutz School in France, The Rome Institute of Liberal Arts (RILA), and The Sea Education Association program. Other international education programs also will be considered.
Both Pathways applications have room to list up to three program options. Please prioritize your proposed programs. You must address the reasoning behind each separate program in your application essay.
Yes, it is strongly recommended that you seek advice about courses and programs you are interested in. Committee members are available and the Office of Personal and Professional Development has additional resources for your use in determining which direction best meets your needs.
Please contact one of the following members of the Pathways Fellowships Committee:
Your award stipend will be forfeited and you can reapply the following year. The committee urges you to consult an advisor about the most suitable programs for your interests before reapplying.
If you drop the class or fail to receive a passing grade, you could be required to repay the college for the full amount of the Pathways Fellowship. Exceptional circumstances will be taken into account.
All Pathways Fellowships monies may be subject to federal and state taxes, depending on each student’s own tax situation. The college does not withhold any taxes from these fellowships.
For more information about the Global and General Pathways Fellowships applications, please contact the Office of Personal and Professional Development, Weigle Hall, Room 13, 505-984-6132 (Fax: 505-984-6167) or email santafe.oppd(at)sjc.edu or pier.quintana(at)sjc.edu.