Bard College Student Handbook

Trustee Leader Scholar Program (TLS)

Bertelsmann Campus Center 213, phone: 7056



This program helps students develop skills that enable them to participate actively and effectively as leaders in local and global communities. TLS is a select group of students who design and implement service projects based on their own passions and interests. Examples of recent TLS projects include the New Orleans Project (over 500 Bard students have participated in the rebuilding of that city), mentoring in local prisons to help inmates prepare for the GED exam, teaching violin lessons to low-income children in nearby towns, and running ESL programs for migrant laborers in the Hudson Valley.

We are always open to hearing the phrase, “I have a TLS project,” and every Bard student is eligible to apply for TLS status. Acceptances are on a rolling basis and are based primarily on the willingness and capacity of a student to direct a large-scale project. Most TLS students remain active in the program throughout their college experience. They meet one-on-one with the program director and assistant, take part in skill-building workshops, and write formal project proposals, budgets, and evaluations. They are offered hands-on opportunities to acquire skills in grant writing, lesson planning, and group facilitation.