Scholar Success Team: Supporting College Persistence

The Scholar Success team supports Scholars in orienting themselves to campus life and finding social and academic success as a college student. Through our signature Scholar Lead program, the Scholar Success team supports on-time graduation. Scholars in the Success program can connect with the following WSOS team members:

Dr. Terrie Ashby-Scott is the Scholar Success Director. With a PhD in Education Leadership and more than 20 years supporting college students, Terrie is passionate about students’ success in college.
Joanna Moznette, Sydney Parms, and Michelle Barreto are Scholar Success Advisors. Each Advisor, along with the Director, collaborates with a caseload of Scholar Leads to support their learning and development as successful peer mentors to the Scholars in their mentee group.

Scholar Lead Program

WSOS Scholar Leads are current WSOS Scholars in at least their third year who serve as role models to new WSOS Scholars (referred to as Scholar mentees). Scholar Leads provide support and assistance as Scholar mentees learn to navigate college and the WSOS experience in their first and second years. The goal of the Scholar Lead program is to make Scholar mentees’ transition to college as smooth as possible. Scholar mentees should expect the following of their Scholar Lead:

  • Receive a welcome call before September 1;
  • Be invited to at least one on-campus event in fall and another in spring; and
  • Be contacted on an individual basis, either by email, phone or text, at least four times throughout the academic year.
  • Current Scholar Leads or Scholar mentees can access resources to support them by clicking on the buttons below:

Success 101: Orienting to Campus Life and Launching Academic Success

Scholar Success programming caters to first and second year Scholars by acclimating them to college and setting them up for successful persistence to graduation. From preparing Scholars to get accepted into their intended major to finding a community on campus, WSOS staff and Scholar Leads are here to support Scholars. In the spirit of supporting successful persistence, Scholars are required to do the following:

  • First year Scholars submit an academic plan to the Scholar Portal by December 1.
  • Second year Scholars submit a general resume’ to the Scholar Portal by May 1.
  • Connect with their Scholar Lead once in fall and once in spring. Scholar Leads track their interactions with Scholar mentees so WSOS can understand the support Scholar mentees are receiving.

Meeting these deadlines is a requirement of maintaining scholarship funding.

Opportunity in Action

Opportunity in Action provides Opportunity Scholars the change to hear from prominent professionals in Washington state. These professionals may include WSOS Board Members and other leading STEM and health care experts. Opportunity in Action gives these professionals an opportunity to interact with WSOS Scholars while WSOS Scholars can learn from these esteemed leaders.

Opportunity in Action: Ask Me Anything is an interview-style live stream. Scholars can watch the stream online and pose questions to the guest in real-time.