Journey Scholars Program

Why Journey Scholars?

The Journey Scholars Program supports and empowers students of color as they navigate a historically white institution during their first year at Augustana University. 

Journey Scholars are students who identify as a student of color, attended a high school in the U.S. and have been accepted into Augustana. They have a strong desire and determination to be successful, are interested in engaging with their peers and the campus community, and are willing to help AU continue to shape a campus community that welcomes, supports and affirms all students.

Journey Scholars Program

Journey Scholars Program

Program Goals

Through the Journey Scholars Program students will:

  • Connect with an Augustana peer mentor of color for regular one-on-one meetings. 
  • Develop and implement a personalized academic plan.
  • Apply skills that empower you to take responsibility for your educational experience through ongoing academic and career coaching.
  • Engage with other change-makers within the Journey Scholars Program, University and larger Sioux Falls community.
  • Attend social and educational events throughout the academic year.

Time Commitment

The Journey Scholars Program begins with an orientation that occurs prior to the start of the Augustana move-in. Early connection allows you to start connecting with peer mentors and other Journey Scholars before the school year begins. Programming will continue throughout your first year, with opportunities for connecting and gathering with the Journey Scholars group every few weeks.

Applying to the Program

To be considered for the program, students must complete a brief, 2-question application. Once received, the application will be reviewed by the Journey Scholars Committee.

Students are encouraged to complete the Journey Scholars Program application as soon as they have been admitted to the university. Students will be notified of their admission to the program beginning in November, with notification being sent on a rolling basis thereafter.

Scholarship opportunities for participants and space within the program is limited so it is best to apply prior to Feb. 1. 


Tyra K. Hawkins
Assistant Director of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion