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SOURCE Service Scholars

sss-web-land-1Our SOURCE Service Scholars (SSS) program is a unique opportunity for community partners to engage health professional students in long-term (academic year) commitments. SOURCE works with community-based organizations (CBOs) to identify and refine projects and make connections to students who express interest in a long-term, regular commitment. Part of the Scholar requirement is to recruit other Hopkins-affiliated volunteers throughout the service year. Therefore, all projects must describe how the SSS, or the project student leader, can engage additional volunteers in the defined work.

Scholars are required to log a minimum of 150 total hours over the course of the year in partnership with their CBO. Not only do Scholars log impressive hours, they also undergo training in the core concepts of service-learning. As part of their commitment, Scholars receive training and guidance from SOURCE staff covering: service-learning theory and practice, project management, volunteer recruitment/management and delivering/reporting on outcomes. These trainings are delivered through the SOURCE Service Academy, as well as one-on-one consultations with dedicated SOURCE advisors.


Meet our 2022-23 SOURCE Service Scholars


SSS Program Information

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SSS Benefits

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SSS Projects are identified with SOURCE community partners. Applicants review projects and rank up to 3 top choices of interest. Applications are reviewed, and top candidates for each project are invited to interview with the CBOs. 

SSS Application Process

SOURCE Service Scholars are expected to:  

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SSS FAQs For Students 

Who can become a SOURCE Service Scholar (SSS)?

This opportunity is open to any full-time student enrolled in the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Public Health, Medicine (M.D. students only) and Nursing during the full academic year (noted in the recruitment materials) who has an interest in long-term service and community-based professional development.

What if I don’t have community contacts in Baltimore?

Not a problem! SOURCE has already identified Scholar projects with a number of its partnering community-based organizations (CBOs) for you to rank in order of preference. SOURCE has a network of nearly 100 partnering CBOs in Baltimore City to which we match scholars. SOURCE uses a thorough application and review process for forming intentional, mutually beneficial partnerships with CBOs.

What if I want to work with a community-based organization (CBO) that isn’t an official SOURCE partner?

All Scholar projects offered are via SOURCE’s partnering CBOs. There are numerous benefits of tapping into SOURCE’s network of partners, particularly due to the system of checks and balances in place as part of SOURCE’s partner review process (including safety, liability, sustainability, reciprocity, and more). Projects have already been identified and Schools rank their interest in up to 5 projects.

Can I continue as a Scholar after the academic year ends?

The SOURCE Service Scholar Program duration is one full academic year. The Scholar is welcome to identify work beyond the Scholar year with their CBO contact, but the formal SSS partnership on a particular project comes to a close at the end of the academic year. The project is intended to be sustainable and completed within the academic year, thus if the Scholar chooses to work with the organization beyond the academic year, it should not reflect the same duties as with the initial project.

What is the role of the SOURCE staff advisor?

Each Scholar will be assigned an advisor from the SOURCE staff. The advisor will track Scholar progress, review and give feedback on SSS assignments, and provide guidance related to any challenges experienced within the project. 

prev-scholars-webLearn about our previous cohorts: 

2021-2022 SOURCE Service Scholars

2020-2021 SOURCE Service Scholars

2019-2020 SOURCE Service Scholars

2018-2019 SOURCE Service Scholar Cohort

2017-2018 SOURCE Service Scholar Cohort

2016-2017 SOURCE Service Scholar Cohort

2015-2016 SOURCE Service Scholar Cohort

2014-2015 SOURCE Service Scholar Cohort

2013-2014 SOURCE Service Scholar Cohort

2012-2013 SOURCE Service Scholar Cohort