Natalie Taylor Scholar Program
The goal of the Natalie Taylor Scholar Program is to formally engage students in service experiences embedded in their academic and co-curricular experiences. The program was created to recognize and reward community and civic engagement and will distinguish students who have committed themselves to service, community engagement, and social responsibility.
Students who successfully meet the required criteria will receive distinction upon graduation.
Natalie Taylor Scholars will be recognized at the senior awards ceremony; and will wear a stole of recognition at graduation.
Through an application and interview process, students will be accepted into the Natalie Taylor Scholar program. Limited funds will be available for service immersion experiences.
- Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME)
- Students can apply either in the spring of their first of sophomore year
- One other course with a service component
- 200 additional hours of service including at least: One immersion service experience—Habitat for Humanity, Summer Corps, or Service Leadership Experience (must be approved by director, Faith & Service)
Natalie Taylor Scholar Capstone Experience
- 2-credit class, Be the Change, taught by Lisa Thomas and Stephen Deets
- 2-credit Scholar in Action, with a focus on an independent social change project
The Be the Change course and project will be completed in the spring of the student’s senior year with the intention of creating graduating students who are engaged, socially responsible global leaders.
Current Natalie Taylor Projects
Natalie Taylor Scholars as well as other Babson students, staff, and faculty are currently working on a project in the developing community of Ahuachapán El Salvador. Working to build homes in the community with Habitat for Humanity, students are also working to teach entrepreneurship in the area. The goal of the project is to teach people how they can sustain themselves in a place where the education is poor and job opportunities are slim. By teaching the skills necessary to start and operate a business, the program is giving hope and providing a means of survival to many people in the community.
As part of Babson's mission to educate entrepreneurial leaders who create great economic and social value everywhere, each year a Babson team of volunteers, including students, staff, faculty, alumni, and friends, travels to the Ganako School in Karatu, Tanzania to teach the BELA program. This one-week, intensive program, works with approximately 100 high school students, teaching them the basics of ET&A.