Application now open!
The Scholar Lead Application is now open to Scholars. Priority applications are due April 1 and final applications are due May 1.
What is the Scholar Lead program?
The Scholar Lead program leverages peer mentorship to improve persistence outcomes among Scholars and ensure academic and social success for first- and second-year Baccalaureate Opportunity Scholars. WSOS designed the Scholar Lead program with a focus on building a community of care and trust between the Scholar Lead and their mentees. In addition, the program provides information and resources to support Scholar adjustment to college life.
What does the Scholar Lead program accomplish?
Research shows peer mentorship is one of the most important factors in degree completion. With that in mind, the Scholar Lead program accomplishes the following:
The Scholar Lead program prepares Scholars to be future leaders and mentors.
The Scholar Lead program fosters community among Scholars and Scholar Leads.
The Scholar Lead serves as a connection to campus-based and WSOS resources.
In addition to the support Scholars receive from their Scholar Lead, Leads receive professional development and mentorship from Washington State Opportunity Scholarship staff to grow as leaders and mentors themselves.
The Scholar Lead program connects first- and second-year Scholars to their peers who are further along in their academic career. This fosters opportunity to build mutually beneficial communities among Scholars.
Scholar Leads are expected to connect their peers to campus-based and WSOS resources. This ensures that all Scholars understand what their institution provides, as well as offers clarity around the Opportunity Scholarship processes.
Why be a Scholar Lead?
The Scholar Lead program is a great opportunity for both emerging and experienced campus leaders to engage in leadership and support the WSOS community. As a Lead, you can expect:
- An $1,800 stipend
- Advising and professional support from a WSOS Baccalaureate Program staff member
- Additional professional development support through our online platform Thinkific
- The opportunity to participate in exclusive WSOS-related opportunities
- A community of WSOS peers to connect and collaborate with
Scholar Lead Responsibilities
If you are selected to be a Scholar Lead, you would be expected to:
- Serve as an enthusiastic, empowering role model to first- and second-year Opportunity Scholars
- Communicate with your mentees on a regular basis (typically twice a month) via email, text, phone calls or online or in-person meetings
- Facilitate up to four summary sessions that reflect Thinkific Scholar topics throughout the academic year
- Support and promote a Scholar’s self-advocacy in navigating college and WSOS
- Assist Opportunity Scholars in familiarizing themselves with campus and other resources in support of their discipline trajectory