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Austin Scholars

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

In the Classroom

Three-quarters of the experience will focus on classroom work. Together, Austin Scholar students will take Introduction to Philosophy and Christianity in Content (one per semester). These classes fulfill Merrimack’s curriculum requirements. One-quarter of the class will be taught in the Ash Centre residence hall, focusing on reflections from the service component, taught by Program Director, Sr. Jeanmarie Gribaudo, CSJ.

Austin Scholars allows you to fulfill the following CORE requirements:

Fall Year One:

  • Phil 1000 Fulfills your Philosophy Core Requirement

Spring Year One:

  • RTS 1100 Christianity in Context
    (fulfills religion core requirement)

Fall Year Two:

  • RTS2400 History of St. Augustine
    (fulfills historical studies requirement)

Spring Year Two:

  • RTS 2800 Social Ethics
    (fulfills ethics, diversity and experiential requirement)

Although there is an option to do year two, it is a choice and you need to apply to become a part of it.

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In the Community

Through the City of God initiative, Austin Scholars serve in the community for two hours each week. Our service centers around the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching and supports the following local organizations:

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

Students will have an opportunity to tour each site in the beginning of the semester and choose which site they would like to serve.

The community will consist of first-year students living in a dedicated wing in Ash Centre. Ash Centre is a traditional style residence hall with doubles, triples, and four person suites. This hall primarily houses first year and sophomore students. There is a large common space on the first floor that includes a fireplace, flat screen television, and a ping pong table. The second floors has a large foyer for group meetings and private study sessions. 



  • We are the oldest standing Living Learning Community at Merrimack College

  • First-year students live in a dedicated wing for Austin Scholars 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.