Principal Community Scholars

June 11, 2018


The Principal Community Scholars Program is a collaboration between Principal and Campus Compact that supports the leadership development of undergraduate students seeking a business or business-related degree. The curriculum and project help students develop critical skills for their careers. Students are selected through a competitive process to receive a $1,000 scholarship, participate in a civic leadership learning community and complete a community-based experiential learning project.

Make a Nomination

The process for 2018-2019 academic year scholars is now open! See below for more information and the nomination form, now due October 8, 2018.

Current Scholars

In the 2017-2018 academic year, 27 students from across the Midwest were selected for this program and are completing their projects now. Meet the 2017-2018 Principal Community Scholars.

Previous Results

Last year, 20 students were selected and reported improved student leadership skills, confidence, and efficacy to help them to see themselves as community leaders.

  • 90% of scholars felt they were more aware of how to help their community
  • 95% felt they were more likely to create positive change in their community

Selected students also accomplished successful projects to address a community priority, including STEM research, establishing a food pantry, social entrepreneurship ventures, and sustainability initiatives among other things. We were delighted by the projects students completed and invite you to view reflection videos they created.

  • February 2018 – Nomination process opened
  • Sept. 28, 2018 – Nomination deadline
  • October 12, 2018 – Notifications sent
  • November 9-10, 2018 – Scholars are required to participate in the Iowa Civic Action Academy and a Principal site visit in Des Moines, Iowa
  • Spring 2019:
    • Scholars complete their projects
    • Scholars invited to spring retreat at Principal
    • Project reports and video due (must be received to release scholarship funds)

Scholar nominations will be reviewed by based on the following criteria:

  • Scholars must be full-time undergraduate student and nominated by a faculty or staff member (priority will be given to Campus Compact member institutions, find a list of member institutions here)
  • Scholars must have cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Scholars must be US citizens or permanent residents
  • Priority will be given to scholars who have a major or area of concentration in business or a related field, including:
    • Technology (IT/MIS/Computer Science)
    • Business/Data Analytics (or related)
    • Finance
    • Accounting
    • Real Estate
    • Marketing/Communications/Sales
    • Business/Management
    • Financial Services
    • International Studies
    • Economics
    • Other related majors
  • Students contributing to the diversity of perspectives, identities, and experiences in the program are strongly encouraged to apply. Preference should be given to scholars who are active in leadership roles on and off campus and/or have demonstrated financial need.

Scholar Expectations

The Principal Community Scholars Program is administered by Iowa Campus Compact and funded by Principal. It offers students the opportunity to collaborate with peers and receive support for leading a community-engaged project on their campus. Students participate in a virtual retreat, lead a project, and are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship. In order to receive the scholarship, each scholar must complete the following expectations:

  • Attend and fully participate in the Principal site visit and Iowa Civic Action Academy on November 9 and 10, 2018. Travel funds will be provided and housing in Des Moines is available for these events which will run from 9 am on November 9 to 3 pm on November 10. Students with academic conflicts can seek a waiver for all or part of this requirement.
  • Plan and implement the project outlined in the nomination proposal. This project may change over the course of the semester. Please keep us informed of any major shifts. Please also keep us informed of successes, and send pictures or anything else that would help us to promote your work.
  • Meet regularly with your Program Advisor (staff or faculty member on campus). This advisor is there to help you with ongoing support and guidance on how you can best impact social change and can help facilitate connections with key offices and individuals.
  • Submit a final program package in Spring 2019. This includes a short (no more than 3 minute) video on your project, a thank you letter to our funder, brief post-participation survey and other final paperwork

Advisor Expectations

Scholar nominations will only be considered if the come from a faculty or staff member who is willing to serve in an advisor role on the students’ community engagement project. Advisors will be included on all communications about the program to help them effectively support the student.

Advising also includes:

  • Meeting regularly with the student to help them stay on track with their project
  • Helping the student navigate campus and community structures and helping to ensure that their project meaningfully meets community needs
  • Helping the student develop a sustainability plan for their project

Advisors are not expected to complete any paperwork or attend any of the meetings of the cohort and are invited to seek support from Iowa Campus Compact staff as needed.

When are nominations due?
Nominations can be submitted at any time and are due September 28, 2018.

Can institutions nominate more than one student?
Students must be nominated individually with one form per student. The Program Advisor may be the same for each or may vary. There is no limit on the number of nominations each institution can submit.

I am an interested student, how do I apply?
The selection process for this program involves students being nominated by a faculty or staff member willing to serve as an advisor. Find an advisor on your campus and ask them to work with you on a nomination!

What if my institution is not a member of Campus Compact?
Nominations will be considered from non-member campus students, but prior will be given to our members. Contact the director in your state or region for more information.

Can a student be nominated to continue work on an existing project?
Yes, community projects do not have to be “new” to qualify. This scholarship can build on existing student work through other organizations and commitments.

I am not majoring in business or a related field, can I still be nominated?
This program is designed to connect Principal to students who may be interested in careers there, so priority will be given to major most likely to align with their opportunities. Other majors will be considered.

Are there any in person events or travel requirements?
No, the retreat is virtual and other communications and connections points are also electronic. Scholars will be invited to other in-person events, but those are not required.

Is there any match requirement?
No, this is not a grant program and there is no match requirement.

How will the scholarship payment be made?
Scholarship payments will be made directly to students and may be used for tuition or other education-related expenses.