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 2018- Access to Voting
The topic for the 2018 Graham Civic Scholars program will be Access to Voting in Florida. The Program Memo can be found here. From long lines, early voting, and thrown out absentee ballots to system hacking and online voter registration, how prepared is Florida for our elections at the local and state levels? What issues are Florida counties having and what solutions exist to protect one of the fundatmental staples of our democracy?
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.
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.