These awards provide funding for students who have secured an unpaid summer internship that focuses on some aspect of public service, enabling students to grow as engaged citizens and gain experience that they may use to build careers related to public service.
Project SHINE is a service-learning program through which students act as English coaches to refugees and immigrants in the Utica area. Through this program, students provide a valuable service to the community’s newest residents and gain an understanding of the needs and circumstances of others through working directly in the community.
VITA is a service-learning program through which Hamilton students provide free tax help for low- to moderate-income families who need assistance with their tax returns. The Levitt Center provides course development grants for professors who incorporate VITA into their courses.
During her time at Hamilton, Isabelle Van Hook ’11 created and launched "Friends without Borders." She recruited 20 volunteers from Hamilton to work with refugees on ESL tutoring, so that the refugees could be more comfortable participating in community events. The program continues today. Isabelle has also returned to campus the past three winters to serve as a facilitator for the Levitt Leadership Institute.