Bunche Scholars

The Ralph J. Bunche Scholars Program at Colby College, named in honor of Nobel Prize-winning diplomat and civil rights activist Ralph J. Bunche, offers a select group of students from all backgrounds exclusive access to leadership development opportunities and grants for independent scholarship, internships, or humanitarian projects. Bunche Scholars are recognized for their demonstrated academic achievement and community involvement. They are leaders in their communities and often exhibit a deep commitment to social justice and civic engagement.

The Office of Civic Engagement and Community Partnerships (OCECP), in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion have created a program model to support the development of Bunche Scholars during their time at the college. This cohort model allows for skill development, peer connection, and exploration of civic engagement.

For more information about the Bunche Scholars Program, contact Senior Assistant Director of Admissions William Sideri ’20.

Ralph J. Bunche Scholars
enjoy the following benefits:

Opportunity Grants of up to $3,000. These grants enable successful applicants to design their own academic, research, internship, or humanitarian projects through DavisConnects.

Local civic engagement projects to connect with Waterville and Maine.

Resources for extended learning opportunities and involvement in civic engagement, social justice and leadership development.

Peer networking with Bunche Scholars participating in leadership development workshops and community building opportunities on campus.