Journey Scholars Program

What is the Journey Scholars Program?

The purpose of the Journey Scholars Program is to support and empower students of color as they navigate a historically white institution throughout their first year at Augustana University.

By participating in the Journey Scholars program, you will...

  • be connected to and regularly meet one-on-one with an Augustana peer mentor of color.
  • 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 Sioux Falls community.
  • attend social and educational events throughout the academic year.

When does programming occur?

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.

Who are Journey Scholars?

Journey Scholars are students who 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 Augustana continue to shape a campus community that welcomes, supports and affirms all students.

Who can join the Journey Scholars Program?

If you identify as a student of color, attended high school in the United States and have been accepted to Augustana University, you are encouraged to join.
To be considered for the program, you must complete a brief, two-question application. Once received, your application will be reviewed by the Journey Scholars Committee.

When should I apply?

You are encouraged to complete the Journey Scholars application as soon as you 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 February 1. The application for Fall of 2021 is closed, but the Fall 2022 application will open on August 1.

Complete Journey Scholars Application here.


For questions about the Journey Scholars Program, please contact Haley Elness, admission counselor, at or 605.274.5501.