Student Community Action Network (SCAN)

Student applications for 2024 are now live.

3/31 UPDATE- Application Due Date has been extended and is now due on 4/3 at 11:59 pm. Apply here!

The Student Community Action Network (SCAN) is a cohort of twelve students from the class of 2026 or 2027 who commit to volunteering a minimum of 50 hours with Maine non-profit organizations or local Maine government offices during the fall semester of 2024 on a capacity building project.

Each participant will receive a stipend of $1,000 and will work closely with McKeen Center staff to be trained in effective community engagement, build leadership skills and complete their service project goals. This program is ideal for students with a strong commitment to the common good and interest in future leadership roles with the McKeen Center and the nonprofit and public sector.

Program Details for Fall 2024: 

For our fall 2024 program, we have pre-selected twelve community organizations as SCAN partners before we conduct the student selection process (similar to the Maine Community Fellowship process in our office). Here are some more details about the timeline:
  • Community organizations request a SCAN placement in February 2024. 
  • Students apply to pre-selected SCAN community organization placements in March 2024. Interviews will occur in April 2024.
  • Student placements at community organizations run from early September 2024 to early December 2024.


  • Complete 50 hours (approximately 3-5 hours each week) of work with a Maine-based organization or local government office;
  • Attend weekly check-in meetings with SCAN cohort and McKeen Center staff;
  • Create a final reflection poster and presentation in December (before finals). 


  • $1,000 stipend;
  • Training and support from McKeen Center staff;
  • Significant community-based experience to draw on for future Bowdoin and career opportunities. 


The Student Community Action Network is open to members of the class of 2026 and 2027 who receive financial aid from Bowdoin. Successful applicants will demonstrate an interest in community engagement but do not need to have specific experience working in the local community.

SCAN Placements Fall 2024