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What is The EPIC Advantage?

Earlham is one of only a handful of colleges and universities in the United States to offer funded internships and research experiences to all students. These opportunities take place during a summer after a student's first year and prior to graduation, and funding may include travel expenses. The program is a key component of EPIC and is a permanent feature of the Earlham Experience.

How Does It Work?

Earlham provides all interested students access to The EPIC Advantage. While this opportunity can easily be tailored to the interests and needs of individual students, the program is designed to support highly focused internship, research, and community-based project opportunities. The College is committed to providing students with choice of opportunities locally, across the United States, and in other countries. Earlham will also provide expert advising to help students secure appropriate placements related to the students’ academic interests and career aspirations.

How Can I Use My EPIC Advantage?
  1. Participate in a faculty-led applied summer project addressing the needs of a community organization.
  2. Apply to be part of a research or project group during the Fall Semester before the Summer Experience.
  3. Look for the EPIC Advantage job postings in Handshake.
  4. Once you’ve heard back about your acceptance into a program, stay in touch with your faculty leader or Career Coach for further information about your upcoming experience!
  1. Engage in sustained collaborative scholarship and research activity led by faculty.
  2. Apply to be part of a research or project group during the Fall Semester before the Summer Experience.
  3. Look for the EPIC Advantage job postings in Handshake.
  4. Once you’ve heard back about your acceptance into a program, stay in touch with your faculty leader or Career Coach for further information about your upcoming experience!
  1. Acquire a summer internship and apply for funding through the Center for Career and Community Engagement.
  2. Apply for funding during the Spring Semester before the Summer Experience.
  3. Find and secure an internship on your own or with the help of a Career Coach, then meet with a Career Coach to apply.
  4. Once you’ve heard back about your acceptance into a program, stay in touch with your faculty leader or Career Coach for further information about your upcoming experience!
  1. Pursue significant career-related activities with funding support during your senior year.
  2. Apply for funding during your senior year.
  3. Identify a career-related conference, job shadow, or other experience, then look for the Senior EPIC job posting in Handshake.
  4. Once you’ve heard back about your acceptance into a program, stay in touch with your faculty leader or Career Coach for further information about your upcoming experience!
About the Donors

The EPIC Advantage is powered by a $7.5 million leadership gift from Alan ’74 and Peg Kral Scantland ’74, of Columbus, Ohio. The Scantlands have chosen to honor these life-changing experiences through their philanthropy. Their gift is to be used for personalized vocational mentoring, career-discerning internships and highly-focused student research projects.

After graduating from Earlham, Peg wrote and edited elementary and high school textbooks, worked as an adult literacy tutor and stayed home to raise their children, Pete, Matt and Susan Scantland Littleton ’05.

Alan earned his master’s degree in agricultural economics, a key integration point of science and the business world, from The Ohio State University in 1976 and was hired by Battelle as an agricultural economist. He later held positions in the prescription services industry with Express-Med and Member Health. In 2009, Alan joined cofounders Matt Scantland (son) and Sam Rajan to launch CoverMyMeds (CMM) – an innovative healthcare IT company.

CoverMyMeds, based in Columbus, Ohio, is the leader in electronic prior authorization for prescription drugs, providing physicians and pharmacists with tools to help millions of patients per month maneuver through healthcare paperwork to get prescribed medications easily and quickly.

Through CoverMyMeds, the Scantlands’ wish was “to create a fast-growing profitable company that served a social good and produced best in-class product in a non-bureaucratic environment where both customers and employees were trusted and treated as we do our families.”

The Scantlands’ gift is the largest alumni gift in the College’s history, and the largest single gift Earlham has received since Eli Lilly’s “Magnificent Gift” of $25 million in 1973.

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