Build Albion Fellows Application Process

Application Process

Step 1. Apply to Albion College and be accepted.

Step 2. File your Free Application For Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)

Step 3. Set up a meeting with Skip Zabel, to do so call 517-629-0600. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the results of your FAFSA and how they will be applied to the Fellows program.

Step 4. Complete the Build Albion Fellows application.

Step 5. Interview with the members of the Build Albion Fellows committee.

Important Dates

Friday, February 2: Complete FAFSA

Friday, March 2: Build Albion Fellows application due to the College Admissions Office by 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 22: Interview Day

June 4 - 8: New Fellows Retreat

Admission Counselors

Mandy Dubiel
Phone: 517/629-0600

Build Albion Fellows Details

Build Albion Fellows help with an Albion community park.

Program Eligibility

  1. Live within the former Albion Public Schools district
  2. Admitted to Albion College as a first-year student; or a middle college
  3. File Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); full Pell Grant eligibility

If you do not fully meet the qualification requirements, you may still be eligible, given that enrollment space is available. Please contact your Admissions Counselor to learn more about your eligibility. 

Eligible for the program? Apply today

Program Basics

Summer Program

During the summer before the first semester, you will participate in a short retreat. You will engage with campus, faculty, and staff and be introduced to the program that will shape the next four years—and the rest of your life! For approximately 20-25 hours per week, you will participate in community service, weekly meetings, project development, leadership training, and on- and off-campus networking.

We understand that fun and excitement are important parts of education and summer! We will explore what other areas are doing to revitalize their people and cities.

At the end of the summer, we will prepare you for the coming semester with another retreat. This will help you navigate campus and gear up for classes, jumpstarting your transition to campus life.

Academic Semester

During the academic year, a 1/4 unit academic course reserved specifically for Fellows provides structure and support for effective service and community engagement. Fellows will participate in a project-based model of service to the community, and dedicated faculty and staff will guide you and work alongside you. The course will challenge you to think about leadership and community building from different perspectives. We are committed to helping you navigate and change the world around you. As you grow and learn over the course of 4 years, your responsibility and leadership in service will increase. We strongly encourage Fellows to participate in clubs and organizations and take on leadership roles as part of their Albion College experience.

Special Scholarships and Programs

Scholarship Opportunities for Upper Peninsula Seniors

Upper Peninsula students can earn non-competitive Albion scholarships of up to $112,000 awarded at up to $28,000 per year. These scholarships are based on academic achievement and are awarded at the time a student is accepted for admission. Additionally, there are two major, competitive, Albion scholarships which Upper Peninsula students may receive.

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Distinguished Awards Programs

Select students are invited to compete in the Distinguished Scholars Program each winter. Over $250,000 in scholarship funds are awarded to those students who excel during the program. One participant will receive a full tuition scholarship.

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Build Albion Fellows Program

Up to 10 Build Albion Fellows in each entering class will receive benefit for four years. Students will also work in Albion community, gaining career skills and experience.

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Benefits for Veterans

If you're eligible for prorated veterans' benefits, you'll receive significant assistance toward the cost of attendance. Depending upon your military benefits, you may receive a monthly housing allowance and a stipend for books and supplies.

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Aid for International Students

Merit scholarships and financial assistance is available for international students.  For more information contact the International recruiter.

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Build Albion Fellows

Build Albion Fellows hosted a community basketball tournament.

Albion College's Build Albion Fellows program is intended to strengthen the bonds between the College and its host community by providing a college education and meaningful work experience for local students, while also benefiting the community through student service.

What does that mean? Each year up to 10 students from the Greater Albion area will be offered the opportunity to serve as a Build Albion Fellow. These students will be provided with tuition, room and board for four years in exchange for working in and serving the Albion community.

Who are we looking for?

Our Build Albion Fellows will be dedicated to:

  • Serving their community
  • Success in academics
  • Leadership Development
  • Creating meaningful change

Learn more about details of the program to find out if you are eligible, and view the application requirements.

You can also pdfdownload our flyer to learn more!

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