Sustainable Communities & Social Leadership Book Award and Scholarship

Randolph College is excited to announce the Sustainable Communities and Social Leadership (SCSL) Book Award and Scholarship to recognize high school seniors across the country who have demonstrated original thinking and outstanding leadership in approaching issues concerning sustainability and social equality.

The College has reserved awards currently valued at $6,000 to $18,000 (with additional need-based aid available) specifically for all SCSL Book Award winners who earn admission and enroll at Randolph College.

Sustainability and social leadership are important to the close-knit Randolph College community. Over the last few years, our students have fostered a culture of sustainability and social leadership through various endeavors on and off campus, such as a student-governed Community Garden-Orchard, a green laundry detergent micro-business, an intentional residential community, a student-maintained bike-share program, and a student-run café that promotes community while serving fair-trade and organic beverages. Off campus, our students serve as valued interns at local non-profits and develop projects that have encouraged officials to pursue sustainability initiatives such as edible-landscaping practices throughout the city, particularly in disadvantaged areas. We welcome those who share our commitment to keeping the spirit of sustainability and social leadership alive.

Although we want to recognize all outstanding students for their dedication and passion in the field of sustainability and social leadership, we are limiting the award to be given to one student per participating school. If you do not know if your school is participating, please contact your guidance/college counselor as soon as possible to inquire about the possibility of being nominated. The SCSL is available to all schools that wish to participate.

Rather than setting strict guidelines and rigid criteria, Randolph believes that each individual school can decide which student is most deserving of the SCSL Book Award nomination through their own chosen process. However, if you would like to have a more precise idea of who could be the ideal candidate for the award, click here.

All nominations for the SCSL Book Award must be received electronically by October 3, 2011 using the nomination form available online here. Any nominations received after October 3rd will be place on a waiting list and will be awarded based on remaining availability of SCSL Scholarship funds.

After reviewing a school's nomination, the Randolph College's Office of Sustainability will send your school one copy of Masanobu Fukuoka's The One Straw Revolution for presentation locally, preferably prior to November 1, 2011, to honor your school's awardee.

Our Admission Counselor and Book Award liaison, Karl Sakas, would be pleased to provide additional information and answer any questions you may have. You may contact him by phone at (434) 485-8025 or by email at