SEED Scholars

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The purpose of the Sustainability, Environment, and Engaged Design Scholars Program is to cultivate the next generation of environmental leaders.  As SEED Scholars, Hiram students have unique opportunities to:

  • Critically examine the relationships between human social and natural systems
  • Develop and communicate ideas and information that integrate diverse perspectives on the environment
  • Foster sustainability at all levels—from the planetary to the Northeast Ohio region
  • Develop professional skills through peer-networking, conference attendance, and mentored learning experiences

Each year SEED Scholars collaborate as a cohort to explore a specific set of environmental themes and real-world challenges—investigating natural and human social systems, analyzing problems and identifying solutions, and creatively communicating their findings via the SEEDS Discovery Blog and a number of other ways. 

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SEEDS Criteria and Eligibility

The SEED Scholars program is open to traditional Hiram College undergraduates of all majors. Each cohort of SEED Scholars is comprised of four-seven exceptional students who demonstrate:  deep curiosity about the world, self-motivation in learning, respect for ideas and diversity of perspectives, strong communication skills, an established interest in environmental issues and the inter-relationship between natural and human social systems. 

SEED Scholars receive a stipend upon successful completion of their annual term and may be eligible to apply for a second SEED award. The application process begins in August. 


SEED Scholars are expected to develop a specific collaborative project; meet regularly with their peers and faculty mentor; regularly contribute to the SEEDS project; write installments for the SEEDS Discovery Blog; attend a set of evening lectures, convocations, and library forum talks; and collaborate with one another to design and deliver a final product that communicates their integrated scholarship to a diverse audience.