The Norton Family Center for the Common Good kicked off a fourth summer of the Norton Fellowship Program on June 3, with overviews of the five student-directed, community engagement projects planned for this year.
Norton Fellows Program
The Norton Fellows program is designed to offer a select group of Loomis students the opportunity to pursue their interests and become more engaged with their local communities over the summer break.
Junior Kavya Kolli drew on her experience as a karate black belt to give self-defense instruction to school girls living near her grandparents' home in rural India last summer.
"I wanted to find a way to help others using the karate I've studied for many years," Kavya said.
The selection committee seeks projects that demonstrate a commitment to exploring the intersection of the best self and the common good. Projects should be scaled for summer break, structured practically, and budgeted appropriately.
Beyond the viability of their projects, applicants should also demonstrate their own strong character, maturity, dependability, and good communication skills.
The Boston Globe recently published an article, How to really talk about adoption, about one of our Norton Fellows.
The committee will accept applications from rising seniors and juniors only (Classes of 2020 and 2021). Following the successful implementation of their projects, the Norton Fellows will then serve the following academic year as models of engaged citizenship, community-mindedness, and purposeful education. This commitment can take many different forms and will be decided on a case-by-case basis.
All application materials are due by Wednesday, April 3. Committee decisions will be released no later than Wednesday, May 1. The committee may reach out to applicants during the month of April to request additional information or to discuss ways to make their proposals more viable.
To be a Norton Fellow, a student must accomplish all of the following:
- Complete the application process by April 3, 2019;
- Design a four- to six-week summer project that connects directly to themes surrounding the common good;
- Implement the project over the summer of 2019, remaining in close contact with Mr. LaForest and Mrs. Pond;
- Adapt and apply their experiences to campus life upon return in the fall of 2019, significantly impacting our community in the process.
- Letter of Recommendation from a member of the Loomis faculty by April 3 (submitted directly via email to Eric_LaForest@loomis.org);
- Letter of Recommendation from a mentor not associated with Loomis by April 3 (submitted directly via email to Eric_LaForest@loomis.org);
- Preliminary Budget (downloaded, saved, and submitted directly via email to Eric_LaForest@loomis.org);
Completion of the Google Form application checklist.
December 20, 2018— "How to really talk about adoption," featuring Norton Fellow Olivia Malcolmson '20 appears in The Boston Globe.
Senior Beatrice Dang unveiled her book, Those Who Served: A Collection of Interviews with Military Veterans, a culmination of her Norton Fellowship project, at a May 15 community event in Katharine Brush Library.
Senior Abby Huang has built a thriving online English-learning program connecting Loomis Chaffee students and schoolchildren in rural China, and she spoke about her experience at Senior Meditations convocation on April 9.