Committed, passionate, and motivated are just a few words which
describe an Ozanam Scholar. Rooted in the themes of Scholarly
Research, Vincentian Service and Global Citizenship students will
have the opportunity to not only grow academically, but elevate
their contribution to society through solutions-based research.
Required course work, travel, and community service will be the
foundation for their activities while exploring local, national,
and international concerns and developing the acumen to address the
issues of the social justice.
Through academic study students develop the skills to analyze
social issues and propose workable solutions. As an Ozanam Scholar
you are required to minor in Social Justice and complete other
program specific classes. Guided by faculty, community leaders, and
noted experts, students are required to complete an independent
study in their junior year and a capstone project by the end of
their senior year. They develop their skills as leaders with the
knowledge to confront social challenges and the confidence to
effect positive change.
The Ozanam Scholars program is part of Vincentian Institute for
Social Action (VISA). This institute is one of the newest
initiatives at St. John’s. It was established to promote our
Vincentian Mission by providing an academic platform for students
and faculty to address issues of global poverty and social
injustice. In the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul, Ozanam Scholars
spend their semesters at local clinical sites, often performing
additional service at other locations across the globe.
Students have the opportunity to explore different cultures by
participating in local, national and international excursions. As
global citizens students learn about the rights of all human beings
and the factors which hinder human rights and human dignity.
Through these experiences they gain an understanding of various
groups in a global context and the role that each of us play in
maintaining a healthy and productive society.