Fall Visits Combine Campus Tours, Community Service and Scholar Camaraderie


This fall, the Milken Scholars Program traveled across the country for campus tours, group dinners and community service.

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This fall, the Milken Scholars Program traveled across the country for campus tours, group dinners and community service. These visits are a chance for program directors and staff to meet with Scholars in groups and individually to offer support, advice or an empathetic ear.

We dined in New York, New Haven, Boston, Berkeley and Palo Alto and took Scholar-guided tours of Columbia, Brown, Williams, F.W. Olin, and M.I.T. We also made our way across Southern California for stops at Harvey Mudd, Caltech and UC Riverside.

These visits also provide Scholars an opportunity to maintain contact and support each other throughout the year.

Many times alumni Scholars take a break from graduate school or their jobs to enjoy the company of Scholars in the midst of their undergraduate careers. As with all aspects of their involvement, the opportunity they provide to share and listen as peers is an invaluable resource.

In addition, Scholars came together in both New York and Berkeley to spend the afternoon helping others.

We joined the good folks at Manhattan's Grand Central Neighborhood Social Services Corporation, a city-funded drop-in center for the homeless, where we helped to serve lunch and provide individual counseling on résumés and computer literacy.

We were also happy to assist the staff of the Berkeley Food and Housing Project as they served their evening "Quarter Meal", which feeds approximately 100 people a night.

This December, we are joining Project Angel Food in their Hollywood kitchen as they prepare meals for homebound people affected with chronic illnesses.

We are joining in the spirit of the season in conjunction with the Los Angeles annual Holiday Dinner, a special evening where Scholars home can gather, reconnect, and discuss the year ahead, and held on Monday, December 29th at 6 p.m.

As with all aspects of the Milken Scholars Program, the theme of the visits, community service events, and dinners is the same: fostering Scholar camaraderie to do some good.