Sagamore Fellows Program

The purpose of the Sagamore Fellows Program is to draw high achieving undergraduate students from Africa and Indiana into an intensive Christian learning community focused on matters of public life and policy.

Qualifications

Deserving undergraduate students in their junior year in a Christian college or university in Africa will come to Indiana for one academic year of intense fellowship. These students will join with their American counterparts drawn from the student body of the John Wesley Honors College (JWHC) at Indiana Wesleyan University. The JWHC students will be sophomores or first-semester juniors. All students will have attained consistently high grade point averages, high measures of Christian character, and an interest in matters of public life and policy. These qualities will be ascertained through an application, an application essay, letters of recommendation, and school transcripts.

Location

Each semester the program will include four students from Christian colleges and universities in Africa and four students from the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University.  The students from Africa who begin this program in the fall will then enroll on the Marion campus of Indiana Wesleyan University for the spring term.  The students from Africa who begin this program in the spring will enroll on the Marion campus of Indiana Wesleyan University for May term.  

Staff

A staff person from Sagamore Institute (a non-partisan, public policy research center in Indianapolis) will serve as the program coordinator, and a faculty member from the JWHC will serve as the assistant coordinator.  The Program Coordinator will recruit the students from Christian colleges and universities in Africa while the assistant coordinator will recruit the students from the John Wesley Honors College.  A student enrolled in Indiana Wesleyan University’s graduate program in student development counseling and administration will live on site and serve as the resident director for these students.       

Accommodations

The students will reside in the Buckingham/Balmoral Apartments on N. Meridian Street near the Sagamore Institute (four males in one unit and four females in the second unit).  In order to cultivate the basis of a common community, all students will live by the Lifestyle Statement and the details included in the Student Handbook of Indiana Wesleyan University.  In addition, the students will work together to cultivate a set of common spiritual and service practices which will also define their life together and the impact they have on the city of Indianapolis.  The students will also produce an electronic newsletter which will then be sent to relatives, friends, and classmates and academic advisors at their home institutions. 

Coursework

Students will be enrolled in fifteen to sixteen credit hours per semester, which will include:

  • An unpaid internship at the Sagamore Institute where the students will work with a staff person concerning that person’s particular initiative (five hours).
  • A course in public policy analysis taught by a staff member from the Sagamore Institute who is also recognized as a non-resident fellow of the John Wesley Honors College (three hours). 
  • An honors research tutorial (staffed by an adjunct faculty member from the John Wesley Honors College who is also recognized as a non-resident fellow of the Sagamore Institute) concerning the history and culture of Indiana (three hours).
  • A seminar course in lived philosophy and theology staffed by a faculty member from the John Wesley Honors College who is also recognized as a non-resident fellow of the Sagamore Institute (four hours).
  • An honors forum course on Christ and culture (zero or one hour).  

Tuition

All tuition will be collected by Indiana Wesleyan University and all credits will be issued by Indiana Wesleyan University.  Students will also pay their room fees directly to Indiana Wesleyan University each semester; fees will be equal to what they would pay if they were in residence on campus.  The university will then pay the necessary parties for those services.

Meals

Given the accommodations in the apartments, the students will be responsible for their own meals but have access to a cafeteria (breakfast and lunch / Monday through Friday) located in a business complex adjacent to Sagamore Institute and across from the Buckingham/Balmoral Apartments, and to the Baldwin Dining Hall on the Indiana Wesleyan University campus.  The students will also prepare a Sunday evening common meal where the four male students or the four female students will be responsible for making dinner for their peers and their resident director.   

For more information, contact Donald Cassell at  or Todd Ream at

 

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