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.

What Is the Micah Fellows Experience?

  • rewarding internship placements with Birmingham service organizations
  • an exclusive Micah Fellows spring break service trip
  • a service abroad scholarship
  • priority registration
  • innovative coursework and discussion cadres
  • grant development work for Birmingham service organizations
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Year One: The Call to Justice

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 alongside L'Arche Mobile. 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.

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Year Two: The Call to Mercy

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.

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Year Three: The Call to Humility

During your junior year, you will spend one semester studying humility and another preparing for your international service-learning experience. At the end of junior year, all Micah Fellows will receive a service abroad scholarship that will help defray the cost of this trip. 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.

Year Four: The Micah Foundation

As a senior, you will have the opportunity to work toward lasting positive change for your service partner 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.

Meet our Current Micah Fellows

Micah Fellows is a four-year honors college experience 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.

Meet Our Current Micah Fellows

Where Will You Serve?

Micah Fellows has made a commitment to Birmingham, Samford's home for over a century. Birmingham has a distinctive role in the progress of human and civil rights. The city provides unique opportunities in a vibrant culture of service and an educational commitment through numerous organizations and city-wide initiatives. Micah Fellows work with service partners to enact positive change, while also learning effective methods of service and community leadership. To see where some of our current students are serving, look at our Current Micah Fellows bios.

How Do I Become a Micah Fellow?

Click on the "Apply Today" icon to the right of this page. You will be asked to complete an application form, upload a comprehensive resume, answer an essay prompt and upload a recommendation letter. To apply, prospective students must have a minimum ACT score of 26 or corresponding SAT score.

Our application deadline is December 1, 2019 for the Class of 2024. Selected students will be invited to interview for the Micah Fellows program. After an Interview Day in February 2020, 12-15 students will be selected as the Micah Fellows Class of 2024.

If you have any questions about Micah Fellows, the application process or scheduling a visit please contact Caroline Janeway at (205) 726-2841 or cmwilli3@samford.edu.

How Can My Organization Become a Community Partner?

Micah Fellows are looking for a diversity of long-term, mutually beneficial partnerships with service organizations in the Birmingham area. Please see below for a list of current partner organizations.

Requirements for community partners:

  • 6-8 hours of on-site service available for students per week
  • Regular supervision for students
  • A commitment to meaningful and lasting relationships with students

If you are interested in hosting a Micah Fellow at your service organization, please contact Caroline Janeway at (205) 726-2841 or cmwilli3@samford.edu . We would love to meet with you to discuss our common goals.

List of Samford's Community Partners

Below is a list of organizations where Micah Fellows are currently serving. This list is not exhaustive and we are always open to new partnerships.

 ACE  Mentor Program

Birmingham Children’s Theatre

The Birmingham Education Foundation

Birmingham Urban Young Life - Woodlawn

Boys and Girls Club of Central Alabama

Cahaba Valley Health Care

Children's Aid Society of Alabama

Christian Service Mission

Christ Health Center

Church of the Advent Outreach

Desert Island Supply Co.

The Foundry

Greater Birmingham Human Society

Hope Health Center

Impact America

Lifeline Children’s Services

M-Power Ministries

NorthStar Soccer Ministries

Oak Tree Ministries

One Roof

Prescott House Child Advocacy Center

Restoration Academy

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve