All freshman, sophomore, and junior level scholars in good academic standing who have also volunteered for at least 118 hours during the academic year will be invited to participate in the Southern Scholars summer travel experience. Each year, scholars and coaches will travel to a selected region of the world outside the continental US that has played a significant role in the cultural legacy and heritage of people of African descent. During the trip, scholars will experience the beauty and wonder of each of these destinations of the Diaspora while also learning about the location's history, culture, and the contributions made by its inhabitants.
Scholars will also learn about the challenges currently experienced by the residents of the destination, and will design a meaningful service learning project to help address some aspect of these challenges. Completing this volunteer project will be the culminating experience of these epic trips. Examples of diaspora destinations for underclassmen include the islands of the Caribbean, Brazil, and European cities such as London and Paris.
All seniors will be invited to participate in the summer legacy travel experience as well. Unlike underclassmen however, seniors will have the opportunity to travel to one of the many beautiful countries of Africa. This monumental trip will serve as the culmination of their undergraduate careers and will serve as their graduation gift from their Southern Scholars family.
(All Coleman prize scholars who complete their degrees of study within two years, will also have the opportunity to take advantage of the 3rd and 4th year trips with their cohorts as long as they commit to completing the volunteer requirement and they also agree to serve as either Southern Scholars volunteers, mentors, or coaches.)