The Scholar Lead application is now open!

Are you interested in a paid, leadership opportunity aimed at helping fellow Opportunity Scholars make the stressful transition to college? The Scholar Lead program connects Scholars new to WSOS with experienced Scholars who can serve as a trusted mentor in the early days of their college career.

Scholar Leads earn a stipend of $1,800 for five to 10 hours of work a month, depending on personal work style. The work consists of building relationships with mentees, recording your efforts and completing other Lead deliverables. Each Scholar Lead mentors 12-18 Scholars who are early in their college career with the supervision and support of a Scholar Success Advisor.

Scholar Leads will receive exclusive access and invitations to WSOS events, speaking engagements and a strong reference for those who successfully complete a year of service. Plus, the Scholar Lead experience looks great on a resume and LinkedIn profile!

Scholar Leads must:

  • Complete a short online training.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with new Scholars.
  • Assist Scholars as they familiarize themselves with campus, learn about campus resources and begin their WSOS experience.
  • Present or facilitate workshops with help from the Scholar Success team.
  • Coordinate and attend on-campus events in the fall and spring.

Deadline to apply: May 20, but applicants are encouraged to apply ASAP as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

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. Scholars can connect with Terrie via email.
  • Joanna Moznette and Patrick Kang are WSOS 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: Upper-Class Mentorship

First and second year Opportunity Scholars participate in Success 101 and Success 201, two parts of the 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

Success 101 is catered to getting first year Scholars acclimated to college, 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, first year Scholars in Success 101 are required to do the following:

  • Submit an academic plan (quarter/semester) to the Scholar Portal by December 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 in the first year is a requirement of maintaining scholarship funding.

Success 201: Launching Academic Success

In Scholars’ second year, the Scholar Lead Program is focused on students’ academic success, getting Scholars into their major and preparing them for the transition into career services. To support their academic success in an eligible field of study, second year Scholars in Success 201 are required to do the following:

  • Submit an academic plan (quarter/semester) to the Scholar Portal by December 1.
  • Upload 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 in the second year 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.