What are ‘Periclean Scholars?’

The Periclean Scholars program is open to all first-year undergraduate students at Elon University and is the centerpiece of Project Pericles, which is committed to raising the level of civic engagement and social responsibility of the entire university community. Students inducted into the Periclean Scholars program take a series of academic courses (18 sh total) culminating in a Class project of global social change. The project is designed and carried out by the cohort of students from each year’s Class under the direction of their faculty Mentor.

Periclean Scholar classes are typically small. Potential projects are globally oriented, with the specific project chosen by each cohort. Imagine such projects as facilitating the building of a clinic in rural Ghana, or perhaps partnering with an international organization to address the issue of land mines in Sri Lanka.

Find out how to become a Periclean Scholar.


The Periclean Scholars program is fully committed to the principles outlined by Fair Trade Learning and the Core Humanitarian Standard. To learn more, please follow the links below:

Fair Trade Learning: https://compact.org/global-sl/ftl/

Core Humanitarian Standard: https://corehumanitarianstandard.org/the-standard


Past and Future Periclean Scholar Classes (with country/region of focus, project area, and Faculty Mentor):

Class of 2006: Namibia, HIV/AIDS awareness and education, Dr. Tom Arcaro (Sociology and Anthropology).

Class of 2007: Honduras, pediatric malnutrition, Dr. Jim Brown (History and Geography).

Class of 2008: Mexico, poverty and education, Dr. Michael Frontani (Communications).

Class of 2009: Zambia, rural development, Dr. Steve Braye (English).

Class of 2010: Ghana, socioeconomic development, Dr. Heidi Frontani (History and Geography).

Class of 2011: Sri Lanka, environment and education, Dr. Crista Arangala (Mathematics).

Class of 2012: India, empowering adolescent girls, Dr. Martin Kamela (Physics).

Class of 2013: Mexico, poverty and health issues, Dr. Brian Nienhaus (Business).

Class of 2014: Appalachia, poverty and environment, Dr. Ken Hassell (Art).

Class of 2015: Haiti, Restavek and human trafficking, Dr. Bud Warner (Human Service Studies).

Class of 2016: Honduras, youth and community development, Prof. April Post (World Languages and Cultures).

Class of 2017: Namibia, sustainable agriculture, Dr. Carol Smith (Health and Human Performance).

Class of 2018: Zambia, partnership in community development, Dr. Steve Braye (English).

Class of 2019: Sri Lanka, partnering for economic empowerment for women, Dr. Mathew Gendle (Psychology).

Class of 2020: Cuba, “Sin Embargo: A Collection of Cuban Stories” documentary, Prof. April Post (World Languages and Cultures).

Class of 2021: Sioux Nation, Pine Ridge Reservation, child maltreatment and cultural restoration, Dr. Bud Warner (Human Service Studies).

Class of 2022: Ghana, TBD, Prof. Amanda Tapler (Public Health Studies).

Class of 2023: Sri Lanka, TBD, Dr. Mathew Gendle (Psychology).

Class of 2024: Morocco, TBD, Dr. Shannon Lundeen (Philosophy).

Class of 2025: Costa Rica, TBD, Dr. Vanessa Bravo (Strategic Communications).