SJSU Salzburg Scholars are selected as part of San José State’s efforts to develop a critical mass of change agents who will work together across institutional boundaries to globalize the campus in more coherent ways. Scholars are chosen from different units all over SJSU—including senior administration, academic colleges and departments, student affairs, and advancement—because our Program focuses on strategies and activities that are intended to transform a wide range of curricular, co-curricular, and operational aspects in the University as a whole.
Participation in this Program is open to all full-time matriculated students. Preference is given to upper-division undergraduates who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership in working for the greater good of the campus, and who agree to return as full-time students for the following academic year. Nominations and applications are usually solicited sometime in the Fall semester through a brief online Application Package, with candidates chosen by a Selection Committee composed of SJSU Salzburg Fellows and Scholars. Although the number varies each year depending on funding and other factors, we usually appoint 10–15 Scholars annually.
The new Scholars participate in orientation activities during the Spring semester, attend an intensive week-long session of the Global Citizenship Program at the Salzburg Global Seminar in early June, and spend the following academic year working with other SJSU Salzburg Scholars and SJSU Salzburg Fellows on a variety of individual and group Projects to promote global citizenship, positively affect the University as a whole, and strengthen their own abilities to live and work in a complex interconnected world.
We have selected 108 SJSU Salzburg Scholars since the Program began in 2006 — 12 Scholars in 2007, 12 Scholars in 2008, 17 Scholars in 2009, 16 Scholars in 2010, 15 Scholars in 2011, 18 Scholars in 2012, and 18 Scholars in 2013. In addition, there has been one other Salzburg Scholar who attended an ISP session in 2005 as part of her work as an SJSU McNair Scholar and several SJSU students who have been selected to serve as Salzburg Interns at the Salzburg Global Seminar.