Build Albion Fellows
Each year up to 10 students from the City of Albion will be offered the opportunity to serve as a Build Albion Fellow. These students will be provided with tuition, housing and meals for four years in exchange for working in and serving the Albion community.
This program is specifically designed for residents of the Albion Public Schools district. The program is intended to strengthen the bonds between Albion College and its host community by providing a college education and meaningful work experience for the students while also benefiting the community through the services the students provide.
Who is eligible?
- Have attended the Albion (MI) Public Schools for a minimum of three years (grades 6-8) and live within the Albion Public Schools district.
- Have been accepted for admission to Albion College as first-year students.
- Students will be expected to participate fully in the program, including living on campus.
- Demonstrate high financial need based on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). (This should be completed by February 15th.) Generally this will include any student eligible for the federal Pell Grant. These students will also be expected to apply for other external scholarships and grants for which they qualify.
Students who meet these criteria and who are interested in becoming a Build Albion Fellow will have an individual interview with a selection committee, comprising community and college leaders. Following the interview, candidates will be selected by the committee to become Build Albion Fellows.
How does it work?
Up to 10 Fellows will be selected for each entering class at Albion College.
- Students will receive tuition, housing and food. They will be responsible for books, fees, incidental expenses and any taxes that are assessed; the only loan component that students might have would be to cover these latter expenses.
- Students who are not eligible for state or federal grants will still be considered for a Fellow position but will need to contribute the amount of the grants to their college costs.
- The fellowship is renewable each year of enrollment, as long as all program requirements are met. Students will be expected to complete their Albion College degree in eight semesters.
- To participate in the program, students will also fulfill a community service requirement. This commitment will include 40 hours per week for 10 weeks in the summer and 10 hours per week during the academic year, and will begin in the summer prior to their first year at Albion College. The nature of these assignments include work, service, supplemental instruction and projects designed to "build" the community of Albion. Over the course of a student's college career, it is expected that summer jobs will increase in responsibility from entry-level positions to jobs that will provide meaningful work experience for the student's academic program and/or future career.
- If a student needs nine semesters to complete a degree (due to teacher certification requirements, etc.), the College may pay for the additional semester based upon review of the student's prior progress.
- A transfer student with some college credit but who still qualifies as a first-year student will be eligible for the program, assuming all other requirements are met.