Harcum Community Scholars Program

Every year Harcum provides community scholarships to participants in its partnership sites program, organized in collaboration with I-LEAD and numerous participating community-based organizations. Since its inception, the program has provided millions of dollars of tuition support and has assisted more than 1200 nontraditional learners in earning college degrees. Harcum’s community scholarship generally pays more than thirty-five percent of annual tuition costs for community participants in the program. For participants earning an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, Harcum’s Community Scholar support covers all tuition costs not otherwise provided for those students enrolled in the Commonwealth’s TEACH program.

Beginning in 2020, Harcum is strengthening its Community Scholarship by formally recognizing scholarship recipients as Harcum Community Scholars. Each scholarship recipient will receive a formal certificate of recognition and will be invited to participate without cost in I-LEAD’s leadership development program. Harcum also requests that all Community Scholars voluntarily pledge to complete their degree within three years, to share their aspirations and accomplishments with their family and peers, and to live up to our community’s Leadership Code of Values and Ethics for Community Scholars.  While these requests are not prerequisites for inclusion in the program, Harcum strongly encourages voluntary participation in this program as part of our shared commitment, alongside our students and our community partner network, to advance regional civic development and higher education achievement.


Leadership Program with I-LEAD

Take Advantage of a Life-Transforming Opportunity: I-LEAD’s Leadership Development Program

A Program Specially Designed for Harcum’s Community Scholars

One of life’s most important lessons is that success and happiness do not result simply from intelligence, abilities and hard work. Of course, your efforts at school and in your job or business matter a lot. These efforts deeply affect your future. But there is something perhaps even more important to your future success and happiness — your relationship network and your ability to collaborate creatively with others. Your success within interpersonal collaborations — at home with your family, your friends and relatives, your neighbors in your community, your colleagues in your workplace. Your ability to create and follow through on these opportunities for creative collaboration will profoundly affect your success and happiness in life. 

The skills required for such creative collaborations are not easy to identify and the paths to strengthen your skills and abilities in this area are not always clear and accessible. People with wisdom and substantial experience refer to these skills in many different ways. Sometimes they are called 21st Century Skills. We also call them “people skills,” or “emotional intelligence.” We might call them “teamwork” or we might understand them simply as the ability to be effective. Very often, we refer to this bundle of skills involved in creative collaboration as “leadership.” 

Leadership is a very complex human activity that is a critical part of group dynamics across a broad range of settings. Leadership involves mindfulness, listening, dialogue, negotiation, conflict resolution, visioning, teamwork, systems thinking, ethical reasoning and other related abilities. When people within a group have poor leadership skills, the group often become dysfunctional, ineffective, or engaged in endless internal conflicts and infighting. Groups that lack members with strong leadership skills may encounter ongoing problems and eventually may fail or disband. 

I-LEAD’s Leadership Program

I-LEAD (the Institute for Leadership Education) has twenty-five years of experience helping people to develop their leadership skills and in doing so, to transform their future. For more than fifteen years, I-LEAD has been a leading partner collaborating with Harcum College to build the Achieve College Education Movement (the ACE Network). The ACE Network is formed by all of the community based organizations in Harcum’s Partnership Sites program. 

This year in a special collaboration with Harcum’s Community Scholars program, every Harcum Community Scholar (that’s you!) has full funding (meaning no out of pocket costs) to participate in I-LEAD’s Leadership program. Should you choose to participate, this program provides you with an opportunity that will help you build powerful leadership skills that will revolutionize and strengthen your ability to interact creatively with others. Graduates of our Leadership program have had amazing success in building businesses, serving in positions of political leadership, taking on community leadership roles and, most importantly, achieving personal happiness and success. By participating in the program, you will build lifelong friendships and build a set of specific skills that will strengthen you for the rest of your life and help you to engage, aspire and achieve your dreams.

Take Action Now!

Click here to register for the program.

Sessions are scheduled on Friday afternoons from 4-7 pm via ZOOM.

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Leadership Code of Values and Ethics for Community Scholars

Our Core Values Include:

MIndfulness: To be focused and aware, to strive to keep a well rested and healthy mental state that enables mindfulness. 

Integrity: To understand and speak the truth, to follow through on commitments.

Benevolence: To act with good will and kindness towards others.

Empathy: To understand, appreciate and act with regard for others’ perspectives.

Compassion: To be present to and to try to relieve suffering.

Equity: To be fair in dealings with others and to reject racism and all forms of unjust discrimination.

Nonviolence: To reject the use of force and efforts to inflict physical or psychological harm in dealings with others.

Creativity: To bring about positive change through our words and deeds.

Service: To work hard in a way that creates value for others whether for compensation or as a volunteer.

Shared Ethical Standards

  • We practice integrity by working sincerely to understand and communicate what we believe is the truth.
  • We practice integrity by keeping our promises and following through on our commitments.
  • We treat others with benevolence, empathy, fairness and compassion, with respect and concern for their best interests from their perspectives.
  • We accept responsibility for our actions and their foreseeable consequences.
  • We respect the just laws of our community, state and nation.