SEED Scholars

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 and interactions between human social and natural systems
  • Integrate and communicate ideas and information representing diverse perspectives on the environment
  • Foster sustainability, particularly in Northeast Ohio
  • Develop professional skills through creative collaboration, mentored learning experiences, and possible conference attendance

Each year SEED Scholars collaborate as a cohort to explore a specific set of environmental issues and real-world challenges within a general common theme—analyzing problems and researching potential solutions, integrating information and knowledge from across the disciplines, and communicating their findings in multiple ways, including the Discovery Blog.  

This year's SEED Scholars established a clear mission and set of goals.  Read about those here, and think about ways you can get involved in and support this work!

Mission:   Our mission as SEED Scholars is to explore ways to improve the physical and cultural environment of Hiram, communicate what we discover and initiate dialog with the community, and act on what we learn.
In pursuit of this mission, we will seek to achieve the following goals:

  • Promote a culture that is more aware of, informed about, and engaged with issues of environmental, social, and economic sustainability      
  • Contribute to supporting conditions that make Hiram more able to survive and thrive in changing circumstances
  • Create and develop more effective means of communication and collaboration across all constituencies at Hiram           
  • Learn more about best practices and what’s possible at Hiram     
  • Establish structures and processes to ensure the long-term viability and success of sustainability initiatives
Caroline Georskey
Environmental Studies - 2016
Hannah Schaefer
Environmental Studies - 2016
Jessica Bessner
Religious Studies and Sociology - 2016
Robin Peshick
English and Environmental Studies - 2017
Cole Soldo
Environmental Studies - 2017
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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.