Micah Fellows are exceptional students who have a passion for dedicating their time and intellect to community engagement in high-need neighborhoods.
Micah Fellows is a four year, service-oriented honors program grounded in the wisdom of Micah 6:8: “And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.”
As part of an inspired community called to serve others, Micah Fellows devote their minds and talents to making Birmingham, and the world beyond, a better place. Through innovative course work, high-impact community development and service abroad, the Micah Fellows program will provide an intentional university experience connected to the world around you.
The Micah Fellow experience provides a holistic experience for students.
Students will receive rewarding internship placements with Birmingham service organizations, attend an exclusive Micah Fellows spring break service trip, as well as a service abroad experience. With priority registration, students will participate in innovative coursework and discussion cadres as well as a senior year cohort capstone project.
Micah Fellows will take innovative courses and small discussion cadres that explore classical and Christian concepts of justice. During an alternative spring break trip, you will put your learning into action through service. In past years, Micah Fellows have traveled together to Mobile, AL to serve the local community First Light Community. The Call to Justice is an opportunity to think deeply about what it means to live the good life through the active practice of virtue.
The cornerstone of the Micah experience is service to Birmingham neighborhoods. While your discussion cadres focus on what it means to be merciful, you will also learn about and form a partnership with a service organization that matches your personality and goals for service with the needs of a specific Birmingham community. This will give you the chance to develop significant relationships with the people who live and work in the community you share.
During your junior year, you will spend one semester studying humility and another preparing for your international service-learning experience in Ireland. This trip is partly paid for by the Micah Fellows office. During this year, you will also continue serving the Birmingham community, but the service abroad experience will give you a more expansive view of what it means to live with humility.
As a cohort, you will have the opportunity to work toward lasting positive change in Birmingham through a capstone project. When you graduate, you'll also leave Samford with a lasting education in Christian service and community engagement with the knowledge that you have made Birmingham a better place.
Apply to join Samford’s service-oriented honors college experience.
The Micah Fellows application includes the following components:
You do not need to wait until you receive admission notification from Samford University before beginning your Micah Fellows application. When you access the Micah Fellows application for the first time, it will prompt you to register. Your log-in information will allow you to save the application without submitting it.
To apply for this program, you must have an online Samford account. If you've started a Samford/Common App admission application, you can apply for Micah Fellows using the same login information. If you haven't started an admission application, please create an account.
After you have submitted your Micah Fellows application or saved it for later, your recommender will receive an email for the recommendation form. They will not receive a link until you have completed your application. If your recommender has not received the link to the form, they can contact the Micah Fellows Office at 205-726-4716.
Our deadline for a completed application is December 1, 2023. Applicants selected to interview for the program will hear by mid-January, 2024. On-campus interviews will take place in February.
Micah Fellows are looking for a diversity of long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with service organizations in the Birmingham area.
If you are interested in hosting a Micah Fellow at your service organization, please contact the Micah Fellows Office at 205-726-4716. We would love to meet with you to discuss our common goals.
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