These semester or year-long projects give scholars an opportunity to learn how to collaborate with an existing charity while also interacting and working with their peers in the program. Many of the students are already very active in the volunteer sector, and regularly exercise leadership and community efforts. These projects are focused on team-building and community engagement to further strengthen their skills. Students have the capacity to undertake work in areas such as:
- Strategic planning
- Evaluation (including the development of measuring tools; craft messages and choose tactics to reach targets most effectively)
- Research (assessments, questionnaire, surveys, interviews, focus groups, literature reviews)
- Presentations and workshops
- Brochures, written material such as articles, web content, social media campaigns
Scholars Academy worked with the following groups:
- Calgary Humane Society
- Calgarians' for Kids Health
- Effective Altruism Calgary
- Forward Calgary
- Foundation for Rural Youth Empowerment
- Scholars Academy UCalgary Alumni Network
- Student Wellness Centre
Kids Cancer Care Foundation
A collaboration with Kids Cancer Care Foundation, where the students created art with young cancer patients and then auctioned the art at a gala to raise money for the KCC.
Collaboration with Calgary Reads to raise awareness for literacy in the city, especially with underprivileged children
University of Calgary's Office of Sustainability
Collaboration with the University of Calgary's Office of Sustainability to gather campus community stakeholder perspectives about what sustainability issues impact students.
Bethany Care Society
A collaboration with Bethany Care Society, where students created a resident and family engagement strategy.
Campus Community Closet
A collaboration with Campus Community Closet to conduct a literature review on the prevalence of financial strain in post secondary for accessing clothing, toiletries, school supplies, and other necessities.
Humans of UCalgary
A collaboration with Humans of UCalgary to secure project funding from the Champions for a Healthy Campus Grant to foster a greater sense of community through photojournalism.
A collaboration with Pangaea to design an innovative campaign to destigmatize issues surrounding the Syrian refugee crisis and offering tutoring and ESL classes to refugees and immigrants as they wait for formal classes.