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Presidential Scholars

The Presidential scholarship is meant to be more than merely a scholarship. The Presidential Scholars Success Program is not only a program to support high achieving incoming students throughout their undergraduate careers, it also aims to give those students the competitive edge when seeking to gain places at grad school or in the job market.
 
Presidential Scholarship holders who complete the Presidential Scholars Success Program are awarded the distinctive title of "Presidential Scholar" at their graduation/commencement and receive a unique Presidential Scholar Medallion, representing their high achievement.
 
In addition to the scholarship itself, being part of the Presidential Scholars Success Program at Oakland University provides unique leadership opportunities that make you one of the top graduates anywhere, including recognition and support for building top-rank academic, research and professional leadership skills.
From 2015

Initial Criteria:

  • High school GPA of 3.90 or greater on a 4.0 scale and an ACT composite score of 31 or greater.
  • All Presidential Scholarship students are members of The Honors College.
  • Presidential Scholars must contact The Honors College to schedule an appointment to discuss the details. Call us at 248-370-4450.
Renewal Criteria
  • Maintain a cumulative university grade point of 3.5
  • Remain at full-time status during both fall and winter semesters for which you receive the scholarship (12 credits or more per semester. NOTE: Freshman must complete 28 credits in their first year)
  • Complete all credits for which you are enrolled as full-time during the prior academic year
  • Meet the requirements of the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy
  • Upon completion of the Presidential Scholarship Success Program (see program below), you will receive a special Presidential Scholar Medallion to wear at your commencement ceremony and graduate as a Presidential Scholar from Oakland University.

Presidential Scholars Success Program beginning Fall 2015

 Complete the following four (4) Presidential Scholar activities each year with the assistance of the Honors College Adviser, Advising Intern, or Graduate Assistant.


1ST YEAR
  1. Presidential Scholars Portfolio - Draft your initial professional development plan.
    1. Develop a LinkedIn account or similar professional social media account.
    2. Create a draft CV.
  1. Write a letter – send a short letter or email to a national or international leader in your chosen field and introduce yourself. Put a copy in your portfolio on E-space.
  1. “Making the OU Connections.” Complete one (1) on-campus activity (see options below) and include a summary paragraph in your portfolio on E-space.
  1. Plan your future – explore and plan future summer internships or apply for prestigious scholarships or notable awards. Put a copy in your portfolio on E-space. 

"Making the OU Connection" Options (choose and complete only 1 of these on-campus activities).
NOTE: Dates, Times and Contact info for activities are listed on last page of document

  1. Attend Oakland University Student Congress (OUSC) Meeting
  2. Attend Residence Halls Association (RHA) Meeting
  3. Assist with Go for the Gold
  4. Assist with an Academic Visit Day. One or more of the following:
    • Education and Human Services Day (SEHS)
    • Engineering and Computer Science Day (SECS)
    • Business Day (SBA)
    • Human Health Day (SHS)
  5. Assist at a Welcome Reception
2ND YEAR

  1. Presidential Scholars Portfolio - review and update your current portfolio with help of Honors College Adviser, Intern, or Graduate Assistant. Discuss application strategies for grad study and/or employment. Speak to us about completing a graduate school profile for the grad schools you like to attend and/or an employer profile for companies of interest to you in your future career. 
  1. Career Consultation - Meet with a Career Consultant in Career Services to refine your résumé and to plan and implement successful career development strategies. Contact: Career Services, 154 North Foundation Hall, 248-370-3250.
  1. Undertake 1 or more of the following:

    1. Conference Presentation - present your research at a conference as part of the regular Honors College local or national conference activities. Some funding for Honors College students to attend and present at conferences is available through via the University Research Council (URC) for undergraduate research.
    2. Participate in an Academic Service or Volunteer Project – volunteer on your own or with a group, or participate in one of the university’s service activities via the Center for Student Activities and Leadership Development. Service/ Volunteering should be sustained for a reasonable amount of time (e.g. activities such as the Alternative Spring Break).
    3. Join a research or creative team, lab, or internship related project – you may already have started in your first year, now continue on into your second year. Plan to take on a more senior team role in your activities or things you are starting are involved in either at Oakland or something outside of OU.
    4 . “Host a Leader” on campus in conjunction with the Varner Vitality Series - participate in the Presidential               Scholars winter event as part of the organizing committee or as a member of the team running the event.

*Optional (extra service): Assist with a Welcome Reception for 2016 Presidential Scholars. See below.


3RD YEAR
  1. Presidential Scholars Portfolio - review and update your current Presidential Scholars portfolio with help of Honors College Adviser, Intern, or Graduate Assistant. 
  1. Become a leader on campus. Complete one (1) of the following:
  1. Leadership Positions (Executive Boards and Staffs): Become a top leader in a major student organization: Oakland University Student Congress, Student Activities Funding Board, Student Program Board, The Oakland Post, Student Video Productions, or Student Life Lecture Board. Time Commitment: September –April Can serve during Summer Semester. Contact: Allison Webster, Assistant Director of Student Organization Programs, Center for Student Activities at webster@oakland.edu
  2. Student Leadership Institute (August). Preference given to students who are on the executive board of student organizations. Time Commitment: One weekend (off campus, transportation provided). Contact: Jean Ann Miller, Director, Center for Student Activities at jam@oakland.edu
  1. Conference Presentation - present your research at a conference as part of the regular Honors College local or national conference activities. Some funding for Honors College students to attend and present at conferences is available through via the University Research Council (URC) for undergraduate research.
  1. Presidential Scholar Hosts – participate as a professional host introducing student research speakers at the Honors College “Research and Scholarship” days. Contact us to sign up.

4TH YEAR
  1. Presidential Scholars Portfolio – complete a final review of your portfolio and include a graduation and “planning the future” statement. Include a short description of how being a Presidential Scholar influenced your time at Oakland. 
  1. Choose 1 of the following:
    1. Assist with Black & Gold Loyalty Society Event - serve as a greeter and host to alumni and donor event attendees. Dates and times to be determined: Contact: Kelly Brault, giving@oakland.edu
    2. Assist with an Honors College event such as the Honors College Freshmen Induction or the Inspiration Awards promotion and presentations or for one of our guest speaker events.
    3. Assist with a 2016 Presidential Scholars Welcome Reception. Time: Wednesday, February 3 or Wednesday April 13, 2016 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room. Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644.
  1. Write a follow-up letter – send a short follow-up email or letter to a national or international leader in your chosen field indicating that you are a soon-to-be graduate in that field.
    4 . Report on your research or any service project you plan to complete (or have already completed)          during your senior year. Explain the significance of the project for your future (1 to 2 pages uploaded            to E-space).

FRESHMAN CHOICES FOR “MAKING THE OU CONNECTION"

Choose 1 (you can do more if you wish)

Attend Oakland University Student Congress (OUSC) Meeting 
Time: (Every Monday at 4:00 p.m. in the Oakland Room)
Contact: Nicholas Walter, OUSC President at nwalter@oakland.edu

Attend Residence Halls Association (RHA) Meeting
Time: Every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in Vandenberg Lounge, Vandenberg Hall
Contact: RHA Executive Board, rha4ou@gmail.com

 

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO ASSIST AT ANY OF THE EVENTS BELOW


Assist with Go for the Gold (9 a.m.–2 p.m.)
High school and transfer students (and their families) will meet OU faculty, staff and students, and attend interactive sessions about potential majors and career areas. 
Saturday, October 3, 2015, OR Saturday, March 19, 2016
Questions: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644


Assist with Education & Human Services Day (Academic Visit Day)
(Education and Human Services or Secondary Education Majors only)
Saturday, November 7, 2015, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM - Oakland Center and Pawley Hall
Questions: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644


Assist with Engineering & Computer Science Day (Academic Visit Day)
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. - Oakland Center and DHE/SEB/Hannah
Questions: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644


Assist at a Welcome Receptions (6-7:30 p.m., Banquet Rooms)
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Tuesday, March 8, 2016
Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Questions: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644


Business Day (Academic Visit Day) (Business majors only)
Saturday, March 5, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Day
Questions: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644


Human Health Day (Academic Visit Day) (Health Science and Nursing Majors only)
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Questions: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

 

Before 2015
Criteria:
High school GPA of 3.90 or greater on a 4.0 scale and an ACT composite score of 31 or greater.

Renewal Criteria
  • Maintain a cumulative university grade point as set out in your offer letter
  • Remain at full-time status during both fall and winter semesters for which you receive the scholarship (12 credits or more per semester)
  • Complete all credits for which you are enrolled as full-time during the prior academic year
  • Meet the requirements of the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

If you choose to participate and complete your program component, you will receive a special Presidential Scholar Medallion to wear at your commencement ceremony. ( Students arriving in Fall 2014 can complete this program, or choose to complete the 2015 onward Presidential Scholars Success Program - see the From 2015 tab) This is voluntary, but we hope that you will participate.

2012-2014 Presidential Scholars Program

1ST YEAR

"Making the OU Connection" (choose 1 service activity)
  • Attend Oakland University Student Congress (OUSC) Meeting 
  • Attend Residence Halls Association (RHA) Meeting

Time: Every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. in the 2 nd floor Lounge of Oak View Hall
Contact: RHA Executive Board,  rha4ou@gmail.com

FOLLOW THIS
LINK TO ASSIST AT ANY OF THE EVENTS BELOW
Questions: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at  fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

Assist with Go for the Gold (10:15 a.m.–1:30 p.m.)
High school and transfer students (and their families) will meet OU faculty, staff and students, and attend interactive sessions about potential majors and career areas. 
Saturday, October 3, 2015 OR Saturday, March 29, 2016

Assist with Music, Theatre and Dance Day

(MTD Majors only)
Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015 8:30 AM-12:00 PM- Oakland Center & Varner

Assist with Education & Human Services Day (Academic Visit Day)
(Education and Human Services or Secondary Education Majors only)
Saturday, November 7, 2015 8:30 AM - 2:00 PM - Oakland Center and Pawley Hall

Assist with Engineering & Computer Science Day (Academic Visit Day)
Saturday, January 30, 2015 8:30 AM - 2:30 PM. - Oakland Center and DHE/SEB/Hannah

Assist at a Presidential Welcome Dinner (5:30-8:00 PM)- Meadow Brook Hall
Feb. 3, 2016
April 13, 2016

Assist at a Welcome Receptions (6-7:30 p.m., Banquet Rooms)

February 2, 2016
March 8, 2016
April 12, 2016

Business Day (Academic Visit Day)
(Business majors only)
Saturday, March 5, 2016 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM Day

Human Health Day (Academic Visit Day)
(Health Science and Nursing Majors only)
Saturday, April 16, 2016 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM


2ND OR 3RD YEAR

RequiredMeet with a Career Services Career Consultant (To implement successful career development strategies)
  • Contact: Career Services, 154 North Foundation Hall, 248-370-3250
  • *Optional (extra service for Juniors and Seniors Only): Assist with a Welcome Reception for 2015 Presidential Scholars
  • Time: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room
  • Time: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room
  • Register
  • Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions

3RD OR 2ND YEAR

Learn about Leadership- choose 1
  • Serve as Leadership Consultant (LC): Leadership Consultants are trained in resolution strategies and workshop presentation skills. They gain valuable knowledge about the inner workings of the university and resources available to students.
    • Time Commitment: Serve for one year, may re-apply after term has expired.
    • Contact: Emily DeLano, Coordinator of Leadership and Service Learning, Center for Student Activities at delano@oakland.edu
  • Leadership Positions (Executive Boards and Staffs): Take on a student organization or Greek leader role or become a top leader in a major student organization: Oakland University Student Congress, Student Activities Funding Board, Student Program Board, The Oakland Post, Student Video Productions, or Student Life Lecture Board
    • Time Commitment: September –April Can serve during Summer Semester 
    • Contact: Allison Webster, Assistant Director of Student Organization Programs, Center for Student Activities at webster@oakland.edu
  • Student Leadership Institute (August)
    • Preference given to students who are on the executive board of student organizations
    • Time Commitment: One weekend (off campus, transportation provided)
    • Contact: Jean Ann Miller, Director, Center for Student Activities at jam@oakland.edu
  • Student Leadership ExplOUration Series: Once-a-month sessions (total of four) involving panel discussions, guest speakers, and interactive opportunities to explore your leadership potential at OU and in the real world
    • Time Commitment: September - April
    • Contact: Emily DeLano, Coordinator of Leadership and Service Learning, Center for Student Activities at delano@oakland.edu

4TH YEAR

Required, Choose 1:

Assist with Black & Gold Loyalty Society event on campus -Serve as greeters and hosts to alumni and donor event attendees

o   Time: February or March or May.

o   Contact: Kelly Brault, giving@oakland.edu

(OR) Provide an "impact statement" regarding the significance of your Presidential scholarship 

**Optional (extra service for Juniors and Seniors Only):  Assist with a Welcome Reception for 2015 Presidential Scholars

o   Time: Wednesday, February 3, 2016 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room.

o   Time: Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room.

o   Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644


Scholars entering prior to 2012
  • 1st year (1 Service Activity)
  • 2nd, 3rd, & 4th years (2 Service Activities per year)

*As an alternative, you may choose to follow the criteria above, for Scholars entering 2012-2014. 

Contacts
Graeme Harper
Dean, The Honors College
(248) 370-4450
gharper@oakland.edu

Debra Weeks-D'Souza
Administrative Assistant
The Honors College
(248) 370-4450

Sandi Powell
Adviser
The Honors College
248-370-4583

Dawn Aubry
Interim Assistant VP Student Affairs, Undergraduate Admissions
Interim Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs & Director of Admissions
(248) 370-3364
dmaubry@oakland.edu

Terry King

Executive Secretary, Undergraduate Admissions
(248) 370-3364
tking@oakland.edu