Center for Philanthropic Studies

At FRA, service learning is woven into the academic, spiritual life, and campus life and is an integral part of our mission. The Center for Philanthropic Studies was established in 2010 to promote Community service, Philanthropy education, and Service learning.

At every grade level, students are encouraged to lead and participate in a variety of service opportunities, including Service Saturdays, Crafts for a Cause, Senior Habitat Build, and Philanthropy 101. Through experiential learning and community engagement, our students discover how innovative thinking, joy, and love can meet the world's needs.

Critical thinking skills, creativity, and values are reinforced along the way, nurturing our students to become leaders who are guided by Christian principles and compelled to lead lives of compassionate global citizenship.

The Turner Fellowship

Sponsored by the Cal Turner Family Foundation, the Turner Fellowship program at Franklin Road Academy offers students who are committed to making a difference in the lives of others, the opportunity to serve with non-profit organizations within the Nashville community.

Each spring a selective application process is open to all rising seniors. Our Turner Fellows are recognized as exemplary FRA scholars with integrity, balance and a strong commitment to community service. Each fellow completes a six week paid internship and is eligible for a Turner Scholarship to the college of his/her choice. Each organization in which the fellows serve receives a financial contribution donated in honor of the Turner Fellow.

The Turner Fellowship Program has partnered with:

  • The Bethlehem Centers of Nashville
  • Preston Taylor Ministries
  • Martha O'Bryan Center
  • Best Buddies of Tennessee
  • Fannie Battle Day Home for Children
  • First Steps
  • The Nashville Food Project
  • Barefoot Republic
  • The Salvation Army

2017 Turner Fellows

Best Buddies of Middle Tennessee

Julianna Alexander


The Salvation Army

Max Beavers


Fannie Battle Day Home for Children

Caroline Carter


Preston Taylor Ministries

Kyle Crudele


Bethlehem Centers of Nashville

Elizabeth Day


Martha O'Bryan Centers

Laurel Dernbach


Preston Taylor Ministries

Hayley Fuller


First Steps

Emily Herbert


The Nashville Food Project

Claire Luthy


Barefoot Republic Camp

Claire Luthy


Bethlehem Centers of Nashville

Sarah Nance


Preston Taylor Ministries

Libby Weicker


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