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Project Pericles Fund of Swarthmore College

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Eugene M. Lang ’38 and the Board of Managers of Swarthmore College created the Swarthmore Project Pericles Fund (PPF) in 2005. The Fund supports groups of Swarthmore students who propose and implement social and civic action projects whose scope and sustainability will advance solutions for the issues in question and also promote recognition of students' motivation and capability to address such major issues effectively. Any team of two or more currently enrolled students may apply for grants of up to $25,000 to fund projects that are visionary in scope and groundbreaking in practice. Projects may have a regional, national, or international focus. Students whose formal proposals are accepted and receive Project Pericles Fund grants are designated Periclean Scholars.

Note: This project grant is not in service of Swarthmore College and does not create an employment relationship between the student(s) and the College.

Connecting Campus, Curriculum, & Communities

Based upon the Lang Center's commitment to engaged scholarship and ethical intelligence, students who are interested in applying for a grant from the Project Pericles Fund must have taken coursework that is directly relevant to understanding their issue area, unpacking the social problem, and/or designing project elements. In some cases, the project could be developed in the context of the class with the faculty member instructing the course serving as an adviser to the students as the project proposal emerges and comes to fruition. Alternately, another faculty member—preferably one whose scholarship and expertise is germane to the project at hand—can serve as a project advisor. Students who are named Periclean Scholars and receive grant funding need group members to commit to taking relevant courses throughout the lifetime of the grant.



PPF Contact

Jen Magee

Director, Program Development, Implementation, & Assessment

Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility

Peace & Conflict Studies


  1. Phone: (610) 328-7320
  2. Lang Center for Civic & Social Responsibility 204

Dr. Magee provides leadership, implementation, and assessment of key programs of the Center that fund the work of social responsibility, including the Engaged Scholarship Research Grant program for faculty and for students: Lang Opportunity Scholarship Program, Lang Social Impact Fellowship, Pilot Project Grant Program, Project Pericles Fund of Swarthmore College, and Davis Projects for Peace. Office hours by appointment.

Design FC (2022-2025)

Design FC (DFC) seeks to address the lack of engaging and creative spaces for youth in Chester, PA. More specifically, the project is geared towards middle and high school-aged students from Chester, a predominantly Black community that has been historically disadvantaged by systems of racial and economic injustice. This project offers students a safe and creative space for self-expression and autobiographical storytelling through the design of sports apparel and other creative mediums, with a particular emphasis on addressing systemic barriers to youth involvement in Chester’s flourishing arts scene. In addressing the apparent lack of artistic programming in the Chester Upland School District, our project seeks to unleash the creative and transformative potential of art and design to foster positive performance in the classroom, meaningful relationships between students and mentors, and expose students to industry professionals within the Chester community and beyond.

Design FC website

Chester Road Collaborative (2021-2024)

This group aims to continue and encourage student-led engagement with Chester by supporting community efforts to shut down polluting facilities like the Covanta incinerator, reimagining waste processes through zero waste advocacy, actively creating space and resources for CRCQL to be on campus, and establishing an intersectional coalition of Chester organizations and C-4 students working to improve the quality of life for residents by realizing environmental justice. CRC will revitalize campus involvement in Chester-based environmental justice advocacy through coalition-building and engagement in the arts, sports, education, entrepreneurship, recruitment, political allyship, space and placemaking. They write, "We will assess our ability to develop Swarthmore’s capacity for resource sharing in a two-fold process: first, by strengthening the existing student-led programming and partnerships to further engage, deepen, and ensure long-term participation in engaged scholarship; and second, by planning specific programming and partnerships to uplift the needs and work of CRCQL and other Chester-based organizations through mutual resource sharing in an effort to address critical issues of environmental and social justice."

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