Lang Opportunity Scholarship Program
The Eugene M. Lang Opportunity Scholarship Program each year selects up to six (6) members of Swarthmore College's sophomore class as Lang Scholars. Selection criteria include distinguished academic and extra-curricular achievement, leadership qualities and demonstrated commitment to civic and social responsibility. As its central feature, the Program offers each Scholar the opportunity and related funding to conceive, design and carry out an Opportunity Project that creates a needed social resource and/or effects a significant social change or improved condition of a community in the United States or abroad. In addition, it offers each Scholar a diverse succession of undergraduate and graduate financial and other benefits. The Program was conceived and endowed by Eugene M. Lang '38.
Current Lang ScholarsLOS Class of 2015
LOS Class of 2014
LOS Class of 2013
Named for a defining experience in Eugene Lang's life*, this newsletter chronicles the tales of transformation and accomplishments of Lang Scholars.March 2013, No. 7 [pdf]
October 2012, No. 6 [pdf]
March 2012, No. 5 [pdf]
October 2011, No. 4 [pdf]
March 2011, No.3 [pdf]
October 2010, No. 2 [pdf]
March 2010, No. 1 [pdf]
*The Dogfish Story
As a freshman (age 15) at Swarthmore, Eugene M. Lang '38 volunteered to be a club leader at the Friends Neighborhood Guild, a settlement house in the slums of Philadelphia. "I would come in on Monday evenings," he says, "to meet with a group of 13 or 14 kids, almost my age, all African American. For each meeting, I had to think of an agenda that could keep them interested. For my finest hour - inspired by the lab experience of my then current freshman bio course - I decided to engage my kids at the Guild with a cooperative but guided dissection of a dogfish - an agenda, enthusiastically shared and destined to have a far greater impact than I ever could have imagined." After the meeting, each kid went home with an identifiable souvenir piece of dogfish. About five years later, Lang, who by then had graduated with an Economics degree, received a letter via Swarthmore from one of his Guild kids expressing how the dogfish experience, refreshed by periodic references to his souvenir, made him re-evaluate his life, and go back to school with the goal of becoming a doctor. "Most significantly, he wrote the letter to me when notified of his admission as a pre-med scholarship student to a prominent university. I can never forget that," says Lang with a brief pause. "It was a defining experience in my life".