Academic Programs

The Mann Center’s university-wide faculty development and academic support engages the intellectual and civic energies of Samford’s campus in partnership with diverse Birmingham and regional communities. The Mann Center’s expertise and collaborative approach provides mutually-beneficial opportunities for the campus community to experience the city of Birmingham in ways that students, faculty or staff might not discover on their own.

The initiative also offers professional development, pedagogical support, and micro-grant funding to course instructors who implement best practices in community-based learning. Your support of this initiative also creates post-baccalaureate internships for recent graduates to develop their leadership abilities and lifelong commitment to civic engagement.

Places and Spaces

The Hope Institute is a nonprofit founded by the Mann Center. Housed on Samford’s campus with the purpose of achieving successful lives through strong character grounded in hope, The Institute’s initiatives provide learning tools and professional development for educational leaders so that they, in turn, develop school cultures that inspire hope and provide opportunities for children to flourish.


Merit-based community engagement scholarships provide paid internships for students across disciplines at high-quality, local nonprofits. The application processes for potential scholars and the nonprofit agencies desiring a paid intern are competitive in nature. Your investment also creates need-based scholarships for students who participate in approved community-based learning courses and programs.

Solid Foundation

The Mann Center’s programs are designed to positively impact the lives of both local and campus community members through its strong focus on ethics, leadership, Christian character and impact. Your support helps sustain key initiatives such as our monthly lunch and learn series, Mann Center service cadre program, Samford Gives Back Annual Day of Service and experiential learning, service and enrichment trips.

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