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The Jackson Scholar Program

The purpose of the Jackson Scholar Program is to assist student to develop into future leaders who have a strong foundation in ethics and a clear awareness of their own values. The current program has several components.

1. Recruitment: We select Jackson Scholars based on GPA, quality of the application letters, and interviews.

2. Jackson Scholars receive a $500 stipend for each semester they are enrolled in the program.

3. Jackson Scholars will take one ethics course per semester. Students usually take the following courses:

             Philosophy 102: Introduction to Ethics
             Philosophy 305: Contemporary Moral Problems
             Philosophy 311: Ethical Theory
             Philosophy 399: Independent Study course

4. Jackson Scholars participate in the Jackson Center’s various events by promoting and attending them. They also work with the Junior Ethics Academy, which is especially important because it allow Jackson Scholars to teach 6th grade students from Horry County middle schools about ethics and values.

5. Leadership Opportunities: Jackson Scholars will serve in leadership roles within COHFA and the university. For example, Jackson Scholars are now part of the Dean’s Student Advisory Council and part of the academic integrity hearings.

6. We are developing an Ethics of Leadership course together with the Political Science department’s new Institute for Leadership and Public Policy as a capstone class for the Jackson Scholar Program.

7. The Jackson Scholars will participate in the Regional Ethics Bowl competition in November 2014 at Clemson University. The competition is comprised of two teams of undergraduate students who are presented with an ethical problem and then judged on the logic and structure of their responses as well as how the team works together to respond.

Two Jackson Scholars, Miranda Frederick and Courtney Mullis, were interviewed about the program on Coastal Today. Their interview appears first in the video below.