Summer 2024 Scholar Program - Independent Study

The Free the Facts (FtF) Scholar Program allows rising seniors, recent college graduates, and graduate students to propose, develop, and implement a project that serves the organization’s educational and leadership development objectives. 

About the 2024 Scholar Program - Independent Study

Independent Study Scholar Projects are largely self-directed and expected to produce a tangible product that our organization can fold into (or add to) its current programmatic offerings. This year, we are accepting project proposals in the following areas:

  • Policy Education - Projects designed to engage our primary audiences and:
    • Introduce or deepen audience understanding of how public policy is developed and/or assessed at the state and federal level;
    • Introduce or deepen audience understanding of FtF’s core public policy issues (Social Security, Medicare/health care, student loans, the federal budget, or pension programs);
    • Introduce or deepen audience understanding of public policy topics/problems related to FtF’s core public policy issues. (Note that the applicant’s project proposal must clearly explain the relationship between the policy area to be addressed and FtF’s core issues.)
  • Engagement and Expansion - Projects designed to: 
    • Enhance online outreach and engagement with key audiences in the 14-35-year-old demographic; 
    • Broaden the FtF network geographically with an emphasis on college and university campus outreach and/or 
    • Enhance outreach and engagement with emerging young leaders in communities of color, including individuals attending Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) or students working with organizations committed to the inclusion and full participation of groups historically underrepresented in public policy development and public service positions.
  • Early Career Development - Programming and initiatives designed to:
    • Serve the early career needs of FtF leadership program alumni (Ambassadors, Scholars, Interns, and Fellows who have since graduated from college); and
    • Provide recent graduates pursuing a career in public service, public affairs, politics, and/or government at the state or federal level with professional skills development, continuing education related to their field, and opportunities to expand their professional networks.

Examples of past Scholar projects include implementing a new policy tour serving HBCU campuses, developing and recording a criminal justice reform podcast, creating interactive quiz features for the FtF website, and designing and implementing an Ambassador Welcome Kit.

Program Details

FtF's Scholar Program will run from June 4th through August 2nd. However, Scholars may have the opportunity to extend their tenure with FtF into the fall. 

Scholars will work approximately 40 hours a week, typically Monday through Friday, at a stipend of $2,250 a month. Housing is also provided for the duration of the summer.

As of February, FtF Scholars will work out of the Washington, D.C. HQ office, collaborating with members of FtF’s senior leadership to refine their proposal and then implement their project. Should circumstances change, accepted Scholars will work remotely.

During their tenure, Scholars also have access to our professional network and exclusive programming and events that are only available to individuals participating in FtF’s leadership programs.

Application Process & Evaluation

The Summer 2024 Scholar Program is only open to Ambassadors in All-Star Standing. Applications are judged based on the proposed project's relevance to FtF’s mission of sharing policy information with Americans ages 14 to 35 and empowering them to participate in civic debate and public policy reform. In addition to their application, project proposal, and resume, applicants must provide two letters of recommendation. Applications for Summer 2024 will close on April 3rd.


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