Trustee Leader Scholar Program (TLS)
Bertelsmann Campus Center 213, phone: 7056
TLS students design and run civic engagement projects based on their own compelling interests. Recent TLS projects include the New Orleans Exchange (over 1,000 Bard students have worked in NOLA since Katrina and they are currently working to restore the right to vote for formerly incarcerated individuals), free ESL classes for migrant laborers in the Hudson Valley, science outreach days in local schools, string instrument instruction for youth in Siloe, Colombia, one of the poorest slums in South America, and strong efforts to combat food insecurity in our neighboring city of Kingston, NY.
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 happen on a rolling basis and are based 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. A number of TLS projects have gone on to become permanent college sponsored programs, including the Bard Prison Initiative and Brothers At Bard. TLS is a unique opportunity to start a project and have true ownership of your own work. It is noteworthy that many TLS students have said, “My project is the most important thing I did at college.”