P.L.A.C.E. Fellows

P.L.A.C.E. Fellows: Together, Making Positive Changes for the Future

Tie your Major to Community Development, Earn a Minor in Leadership Studies, Challenge Yourself, & Change Your World !

The Mission of the P.L.A.C.E. Fellows is to strategically collaborate with like-minded individuals and Non-Profits to augment new and existing community impact efforts in the Eau Claire Community, Columbia, SC. P.L.A.C.E. creates future community leaders committed to Philanthropy (actively using gifts to leverage change for human welfare), Leadership (assuming personal responsibility to influence change), and Community Engagement (working with other individuals and organizations to maximize change).

Visit our website at www.ccplacefellows.com.


Only CC First-Years May Apply for this 4-year Program !!


Become aware of personal strengths, realities of poverty, and community organizations leading change


Philanthropy, Community Development, & Poverty Workshops

Non-Profit Site Visits


LEAD 101 (Self-leadership)

Community Partner Projects


Experience non-profits, service learning and community networking

LA 201 (Service Learning)

Non-Profit Certificate Program (Course 1)

Paid Internship (total of 2)

Non-Profit Certificate Program (Course 2)


Learn non-profit leadership, issue identification, planning and resource allocation

LEAD 390G (Issue-based Strategic Planning, Agency Shadowing)

Paid Internship (total of 2)

Community Partner Projects


Put your leadership into action!

Paid Internship (total of 2)

Summit Planning/ Collaboration

LEAD 401LS (Action Summit)

Participation in this four-year experience is competitive and will be based on volunteer history, academic accomplishments, leadership strengths, and passion for enacting positive change both on and off campus. Applications & Interviews for the 10 available Fellowships will take place early in the Fall Semester. Look for more details during August Orientation.

The P.L.A.C.E. (Philanthropy, Leadership, and Community Engagement) Fellows Program was created through a partnership with Columbia College and the Sisters of Charity Foundation. P.L.A.C.E. is a competitive program for highly motivated students with diverse career interests. Students connect with community leaders from different career fields to understand the role of philanthropic and board leadership to community solutions. The program is led by Dr. Tamara Burk, director of the Columbia College Leadership Studies Program.

In keeping with the Sisters of Charity Foundation’s vision to be a hub for gaining knowledge, perspective, and growth, the P.L.A.C.E. Fellows Program is a collaborative program designed to increase students’ awareness of the impact of philanthropy on community non-profits, to create a comprehensive understanding of complex community issues, to develop program and policy leadership to impact change and to make a commitment to statewide education, and finally, to collaborate through an annual Summit organized by the P.L.A.C.E. Fellows.

Questions? Contact Dr. Tamara L. Burk, Director of Leadership Studies & Professor of Communication Studies, Columbia College, at tburk@columbiasc.edu or 803-786-3554.


Feel free to ask current P.L.A.C.E. Fellows for insight: Ashley Robinson, Destine Hicks, Emily Block, Erica Cooper, Helen Taylor, Mae Mae Adamson, Kristin Wilson, Lauren Fleming, Mary Stuart Tinkler, Michelle Troup, Tay Mavins, Chelsea Vogleson, Asha Jones, Caitlin Singletary, Rachel Chandler, Jerrica Thomas, Jessica Baxter, Jordyn Reynolds, Destiny Smith, and Megan Peebles. You can find them on our website: www.ccplacefellows.com.

P.L.A.C.E. in Action

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