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Austin Scholars

Leadership Through Service

Looking to Join?

If you wish to express your interest in the Merrimack College Austin Scholars Program, please fill out this interest form. If you have questions, please feel free to contact Sr. Jeanmarie Gribaudo at

In the Classroom

In the first year, three-quarters of the experience will focus on classroom work. Together, Austin Scholar students take Christianity in Context and Introduction to the New Testament (one per semester). These classes fulfill Merrimack’s core curriculum requirements. One-quarter of the class is reflection based in which connections with in-class content are made with the community service being performed.

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In the Community

Austin Scholars serve in the community for two hours each week. The service revolves around the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching and supports several local organizations surrounding Merrimack College. All Austin Scholars have the opportunity to choose their service site from an approved list. The service is varied so that students can have a broad range of experiences. Some of the organizations that are recipients of the service of Austin Scholars are:

  • Bellesini Academy
  • Catholic Charities
  • Cristo Rey High School
  • Hands to Help
  • Lazarus House
  • Mary Immaculate Nursing Home
  • Notre Dame Education Center
  • Lawrence Catholic Academy.

We are connected with a very diverse group of organizations to fit all of our Austin Scholars.


  • Weare the oldest standing Living Learning Community at Merrimack and have expanded to include both resident and commuter students.

  • First-year resident students live in suite-style housing in Ash Centre.

  • Service centers around the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching.

  • 2 hours a week Austin Scholars perform Service Learning at their chosen local organization’s site.

  • 100% of students feel encouraged by giving back.