Pioneer Scholars Program

The goal of Carroll University's Pioneer Scholars Program is to provide undergraduate students in any discipline with an opportunity to engage in an intensive scholarly/creative project one-on-one with a faculty member during the summer months. 

Each student awarded a Pioneer Scholars stipend will participate in the scholarly/creative project instead of full-time employment during the summer due to the demands of the program.

  • Pioneer Scholars cannot hold a Carroll University job outside of the Pioneer Scholar position during the summer.
  • The stipend is considered taxable income.
  • On-campus housing is available.
  • On-campus food plans are not available.
  • The student/faculty team should develop a project of interest to both.
  • Students will receive a stipend of $3,000, plus an opportunity to receive funds for research supplies and/or other project expenses.
  • Faculty will receive a stipend of $1,500. Note that each faculty member can submit proposals with no more than two students.

It is permissible for two students to submit one proposal as a team. The proposal should explain how such a group project is consistent with disciplinary norms as well as how each student's contribution is unique and is equivalent to one pioneer scholars project. If accepted, each student will receive a $3,000 stipend. The faculty member will receive one stipend. Each student should complete an application.

In order to afford faculty campus wide the opportunity of the Pioneer Scholars program, Faculty mentors may participate in the Pioneer Scholars program for no more than two consecutive summers. In addition, if a faculty mentor submits multiple distinct proposals, only one can be awarded.

View the 2023 Scholars and their projects

Program Details

View the Scholars Archive

Learn more about the Application Process

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