ANTIGONISH – St. Francis Xavier University’s Service Learning program is the successful recipient of $280,000 over four years through the recent round of Canadian Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Scholarships program.
The funding will allow StFX to expand and build on its Immersion Service Learning program and existing partnership in Ghana. Specifically, it will allow the program to annually send 10 StFX students to Ghana as QE Scholars over the next four years. Students will travel to Ghana for 12 weeks to undertake a six-credit inter-disciplinary studies course, ‘Contemporary Issues and Service Learning in Ghana,’ and to complete six weeks of individual service placements.
Students accepted into the program, offered this year May-July, pay only the cost of tuition for this amazing opportunity, says Service Learning program manager Megan Turner.
StFX was the first university in Canada to develop and offer service learning as an academic-based, experiential learning program for undergraduate students.
“This is going to be a great initiative for StFX, and a great opportunity for students to experience an incredible service learning experience,” says Dr. Richard Isnor, StFX associate vice president, Research and Graduate Studies.
“StFX students selected as QE Scholars under this initiative will be the beneficiaries of a prestigious national scholarship. The Queen Elizabeth Scholars program is strongly aligned with the StFX tradition of service in support of community-based development, so we are delighted to be joining other Canadian universities that are involved in this initiative,” he says.
Students will receive six credits towards their degree and gain enormously from the experience, which will include pre-departure and post-experience debriefs led by StFX’s Coady International Institute.
Participants in a prior StFX Immersion Service Learning and credit course experience in Ghana. (Submitted)