Leadership Through Service

The Austin Scholars program is the oldest existing living-learning community at Merrimack College.

The program is open to first-year, sophomore and junior residential and commuter students who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and service in their community. Students take part in traditional learning, reflection and weekly service in Merrimack’s neighboring communities. 

First-year resident students live in suite-style housing in Monican centre. 

In the Classroom

During the first year of the program, scholars focus primarily on classroom work by completing the courses Christianity in Context and Introduction to the New Testament. These classes fulfill Merrimack’s core curriculum requirements. Students devote considerable time reflecting on the connections between their coursework and their service in the community.

Austin Scholars in the community.

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 the college.

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. Organizations include:

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