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Presidential Scholars

The Presidential Scholars program is not only a program to support high achieving incoming students throughout their undergraduate careers, it also aims to give those students a competitive edge when seeking to gain places at grad school or in the job market. In addition to the scholarship itself, the Presidential Scholars program at Oakland provides unique leadership opportunities, including those that build important academic, research and professional leadership skills.
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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 automatically members of The Honors College.

Students must contact The Honors College to schedule an appointment or call us at 248-370-4450 to discuss our program.

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)
  • 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 the Presidential Scholarship Success Program - just 4 things a year, with our assistance - you will receive a special Presidential Scholar Medallion to wear at your commencement ceremony and you will graduate as a Presidential Scholar from Oakland University.


Presidential Scholars Success Program

1ST YEAR

1. Begin your professional portfolio – with the assistance of Honors College Adviser or Honors Graduate Assistant
• We will create a draft CV.
• With our assistance, you will draft a first professional development plan / include also a LinkedIn account or similar professional social media account;
• Include a paragraph in our portfolio on the Making Connections activity (below) you choose and on your letter to a leader in your chosen field.

2. With our assistance, write a short letter to a national or international leader in your chosen field and introduce yourself.

3. "Making the OU Connection" (you need to complete only 1 of these activities)***

*** The Dates and Times of these activities are listed below (as is the contact person)***

a) Attend Oakland University Student Congress (OUSC) Meeting
b) Attend Residence Halls Association (RHA) Meeting
c) Assist with Go for the Gold
d) Assist with an Academic Visit Day. One or more of the following:
e) Education and Human Services (SEHS)
f) Engineering and Computer Science (SECS)
g) Business (SBA)
h) Human Health (SHS)
i) Assist at a Welcome Reception.

4. Planning your future awards, internships and prestigious scholarships – talk to us about planning future summer internships or applying for prestigious scholarships or notable awards.


2ND YEAR

1. We will help you update your Presidential Scholars portfolio. Review your current portfolio with Honors College adviser, who will assist you to update it and develop it to assist your progress.

2. Undertake 1 of the following:

a. 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

b. 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

3. Undertake 1 or more of the following:

a. Conference presentation - present some research at a conference. This could be as partof the regular Honors College local or national conference activities – with Honors College students selected and funded to attended conferences – or it could be as part of your major or minor area of study generally. The university has some funding via the University Research Council (URC) for undergraduate research

b. Participate in an Academic Service or Volunteer Project – this might be as part of volunteering (by yourself or with a group of friends or colleagues), it could be part of one of the university’s service activities or it could be via one of the many activities available through 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)

c. Join a research or creative team, lab, or internship related project – this might be something you have already started when in your first year and now continue on in your second, or something where your role has grown or you’ve taken a more senior team role, or something you are starting now, anew; it could be something at Oakland or even something you do outside of the university.

4. Participate in the Presidential Scholars winter “Host a Leader” event (as part of the organizing committee for your Presidential Scholars year group, or as a member of the team running the event). We will assist you to contact a leader in a field of interest – medicine, engineering, the creative arts, sciences, education, whatever you choose -- as the incoming Presidential Scholars freshmen group. 


3rd YEAR

1.We will help you update your Presidential Scholars portfolio. Review your current portfolio with Honors College adviser, who will assist you to update it and develop it to assist your progress.

2. Meet with a Career Services Career Consultant (To implement successful career development strategies) Contact: Career Services, 154 North Foundation Hall, 248-370-3250. Speak to us about completing a graduate school / employer profile, with our assistance, for the grad schools you like to attend and/or an employer profile for companies of interest to you in your future career. Discuss with us your application strategies for grad study and/or employment.

3. Conference presentation - present some research at a conference in your chosen field. This could be as part of the regular Honors College local or national conference activities – with Honors College students selected and funded to attended conferences. The university has some funding via the University Research Council (URC) for undergraduate research.

4. We will give you a professional opportunity to introduce student research speakers as the Presidential Scholar hosts at the “Honors College Research and Scholarship” days.

Optional (extra service): Assist with a Welcome Reception for 2015 Presidential Scholars. See below.



4th YEAR

1. Completing your Presidential Scholars graduation portfolio, including a “planning the future” graduate profile. Speak to our Honors College adviser before you update; include a short description of how being a Presidential Scholar influenced your time at Oakland.

2. Choose 1 of the following:

a. Assist with Black & Gold Loyalty Society event on campus -Serve as greeters and hosts to alumni and donor event attendees. Time: Thursday, February 27 or Thursday, March 27 or a date TBD in May. Contact: Kelly Brault, giving@oakland.edu

b. Assist with an Honors College event such as the Honors College Freshmen Induction or the Inspiration Awards promotion and presentations or one of our guest speaker events.

c. Assist with a Welcome Reception for 2015 Presidential Scholars. Time: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room. Time: Monday, April 13, 2015 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room. Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

3. With our assistance, write a short letter to a national or international leader in your chosen field and introduce yourself as a student soon to be graduating in that field.

4. Report on any research or service project you plan to complete (or have already completed) during your senior year. Your report can be 1-2 pages in length and can explain the significance of the project to your future.




Freshmen 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: Annie Meinberg, OUSC President at ameinber@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

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 11, 2014
Saturday, March 28, 2015
Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at 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 1, 2014 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM - Oakland Center and Pawley Hall
Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

Assist with Engineering & Computer Science Day (Academic Visit Day)
Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. - Oakland Center and DHE/SEB/Hannah
Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

Assist at a Welcome Receptions (6-7:30 p.m., Banquet Rooms)
Monday, February 3, 2015
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Tuesday, April 1, 2015
Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

Business Day (Academic Visit Day)
Saturday, March 7, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Day (Business majors only)
Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

Human Health Day (Academic Visit Day)
Saturday, April 18, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Health Science and Nursing Majors only)
Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644





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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
o Time: (Every Monday at 4:00 p.m. in the Oakland Room)
o Contact: Annie Meinberg, OUSC President at ameinber@oakland.edu

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

• Assist with Go for the Gold (9 a.m.–2 p.m.)
o 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.
Register
o Saturday, October 11, 2014
o Saturday, March 28, 2015
o Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at 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)
o Saturday, November 1, 2014 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM - Oakland Center and Pawley Hall
o Register
o Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

• Assist with Engineering & Computer Science Day (Academic Visit Day)
o Saturday, January 31, 2015 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM. - Oakland Center and DHE/SEB/Hannah
o Register
o Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

• Assist at a Welcome Receptions (6-7:30 p.m., Banquet Rooms)
o Monday, February 3, 2015
o Tuesday, February 10, 2015
o Tuesday, April 1, 2015
o Register
o Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

• Business Day (Academic Visit Day)
o Saturday, March 7, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM Day (Business majors only)
o Register
o Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644

• Human Health Day (Academic Visit Day)
o Saturday, April 18, 2015 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Health Science and Nursing Majors only)
o Register
o Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions at fox2@oakland.edu or 248-370-4644



2nd YEAR

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.
o Time Commitment: Serve for one year, may re-apply after term has expired.
o Contact: Emily DeLano, Coordinator of Leadership and Service Learning, Center for Student Activities at delano@oakland.edu

2. 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 2015)
o Preference given to students who are on the executive board of student organizations
o Time Commitment: One weekend (off campus, transportation provided)
o 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
o Time Commitment: September - April
o Contact: Emily DeLano, Coordinator of Leadership and Service Learning, Center for Student Activities at delano@oakland.edu



3rd YEAR

Required: Meet with a Career Services Career Consultant (To implement successful career development strategies)
o 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

• Assist with a Welcome Reception for 2015 Presidential Scholars
o Time: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room
o Time: Monday, April 13, 2015 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room
o Register
o Contact: Emily Stepanian-Bennett, Visit Coordinator Undergraduate Admissions, fox2@oakland.edu



4th YEAR

Required, Choose 1:

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
o (OR) Provide an "impact statement" regarding the significance of your Presidential scholarship via the online form
o Optional (extra service for Juniors and Seniors Only):


2. Assist with a Welcome Reception for 2015 Presidential Scholars
o Time: Wednesday, February 11, 2015 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room
o Time: Monday, April 13, 2014 - Meadow Brook Hall Ballroom, Christopher Wren Dining Room
o Register
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 below, for Scholars entering 2012-2014.



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

Karen Conn
Administrative Assistant, The Honors College
(248) 370-4419
conn@oakland.edu

Dawn Deitsch

Administrative Secretary, The Honors College
(248) 370-4450
deitsch@oakland.edu


Eleanor Reynolds

Assistant VP Student Affairs, Undergraduate Admissions
(248) 370-3364
reynolds@oakland.edu

Terry King

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

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