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 civic engagement projects based on their own passions and interests. Examples of recent TLS projects include the New Orleans Exchange (over 900 Bard students have participated in the rebuilding of the city, and students are currently working to restore the right to vote for formerly incarcerated individuals), mentoring in local prisons to support the Bard Prison Initiative, teaching string instruments to youth in Siloe, Colombia, one of the poorest slums in South America, 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.