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Application Info for Mentoring and Awards Program

Who is Eligible?
Applicants should be graduating seniors from the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges who have demonstrated outstanding leadership promise in fostering justice for all people, caring for our fragile earth home, or nurturing peace and reconciliation. There are no citizenship or residency requirements.

Napier Initiative policy prohibits discrimination based on race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information or medical condition, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state or local laws. All such discrimination is unlawful.

Selection Criteria for Applicants
• Applicants should demonstrate successful leadership skills.

• Applicants should present a record of concern for and practical engagement with one or more of the issues of: Fostering social justice for all people, Caring for our fragile Earth home, and Nurturing peace and reconciliation.

• Applicants should show a broad knowledge of the background and current state of the social issue they wish to address.
• Applicants should present a creative proposal for a practical project to be carried out within fifteen months following graduation in the U.S. or abroad.
• We encourage practical, hands-on work for a creative, viable proposal. Plan a meaningful project related to one of the priority areas. 
• Applicants must show that they have establish a mutually beneficial collaborative relationship with leaders in one or more local partner organizations where the project would be carried out.  Napier Award funds may not be gifted to another organization. Projects to be carried out by an entity in which the applicant could potentially profit financially cannot be considered.

The sketches of earlier Napier Fellows suggest the variety of possible project proposals.

Important Dates
October 2023-APPLICATIONS DUE AT COLLEGES: Deadlines vary for students' submission of Napier Awards application material to the Napier contact person at each college. The contact person can provide more information about the application and nomination process.

They are:

Claremont McKenna - Brian Davidson, Director of Fellowships Advising, (909) 621-8267
Harvey Mudd - Gabriela Gamiz, Community Engagement, (909) 607-4575
Pitzer - Nigel Boyle, Professor of Political Studies, Fletcher 202, (909) 607-3770

After August 15, 2023 contact Noosha Malek, Fletcher 204,
Pomona - Jason Jeffrey, Assistant Director of Fellowships & Career Advising, (909) 621-8144

Rita Shaw, Assistant Director of the Draper Center, (909) 607-8571
Scripps - Warren Liu, Balch 134, (909) 607-9100

Deadline for college submissions to Pilgrim Place will be Thursday, October 19, 2023: Each college submits up to 3 nominees and their supporting materials to Pilgrim Place.  Every nominated student becomes a Napier Fellow and will participate in further events with Pilgrim Place Mentors and other Pilgrim Place and community residents.

Submissions should be made to 

Fellows are expected to participate in a series of meetings and events with Mentors:
Saturday, October 21, 2023: All Napier Fellows meet to get acquainted.
Saturday, October 28, 2023: Meetings with Pilgrim Place Mentors. Throughout the 2023-24 academic year paired Fellows and Mentors meet informally by mutual agreement.  Other meetings of all Fellows and Mentors maybe scheduled throughout the year. 

Saturday, December 2, 2023:  Time and place to be determined.

Saturday, February 17, 2024 from 3:30-5pm Decker Hall at Pilgrim Place: Fellows present brief public summaries of their projects.

January 16, 2024Please note:  Fellows may submit a brief (no more than 2 pages) summary of any new developments which have occurred since the original application. Send to

February/March 2024: Fellows will be interviewed for the awards.
Spring 2024: Fellows are encouraged to communicate with Pilgrim Place Mentors and with each other about their shared vocational interests and plans for the future. 

Napier Celebration, Saturday, April 13, 2024 at 5pm: Public Celebration of Napier Fellows. All Fellows will briefly describe their project proposals and receive a small stipend in recognition of their leadership.

May 2024: Napier Awardees receive first half of their award upon graduation.
Following Graduation: Napier Awardees submit mid-way report on their project and receive second half of the award. Project Completion: Napier Awardees submit a final report on their project .

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