Ethics & Social Responsibility Scholar Requirements


A University of Alabama Ethics & Social Responsibility Scholar is committed to intellectual integrity, accepts responsibility for the health and welfare of society, and participates fully in the civic life of our democracy.  While academic rigor must provide the cornerstone for the CESR Scholar, an authentic concentration in Ethics also requires a recognition of obligation and lifelong commitment to society and humanity.  This scholarship program will equip the Scholar with the tools and experience necessary to approach moral concerns thoughtfully and enable the Scholar to apply ethical lessons learned in the classroom to initiate real social change through active community involvement.


Scholarship components

  1. Three ethics/civic engagement-related courses, at least one of which entails a service-learning component.
  1. Preference given to enroll in Documenting Justice, a specialized interdisciplinary course in documentary filmmaking and critical journalism focused on producing a film involving a story of justice or injustice in Alabama.
  1. Support for an internship, research travel fellowship, or study abroad program during the summer before the junior or senior year.

A summer internship would provide the Scholar with practical experience in an intensive environment working with innovative projects that address significant social needs or issues.  We will identify a number of statewide nonprofit agencies with which the Scholar may choose to work, or the Scholar may select another state, national, or international location on his or her own.

The scholarship money may alternatively be used to support scholarly research that involves substantial travel.  The Scholar should develop a travel itinerary, including locations to visit and interviews to conduct.  At the end of the summer and before classes begin in the fall, the Scholar should develop a written report detailing the results of the travel experience and lessons learned.  Scholars may wish to use this opportunity to complete preparatory research for the Capstone Project.

This opportunity may also cover the costs of a summer study abroad program that focuses on ethical or civic issues.

  1. Support for a substantive research project completed during the senior year, tailored to the Scholar’s individual academic and civic interests.  Students will work closely with a faculty advisor and projects will engage a particular research question, analyze a societal problem, and propose policy options to alleviate a social need.


Incoming freshmen and current UA freshmen may apply. As an Ethics & Social Responsibility Scholar, you must enroll in and remain in good standing with the University Honors Program during your four years and complete 30 hours of community service each semester.  Four Scholars will be selected each year and awarded $4,000 over their four years at UA.  Applicants will write an essay as part of their application and must be invited for an interview to be selected.

How to apply

Interested students should complete the CESR Scholars program application. Completed applications, resumes and academic transcripts should be sent or delivered to the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility.  The application deadline is Friday, April 29, 2011, but early application is encouraged. Those selected to the next round will be notified after May 1, 2010 and will be invited for an interview.  If you have further questions, please contact CESR at or (205) 348-6495.