Scholars Participation

Participation & Expectations

What are the benefits of participating in Oliver Wilson Scholars program?

  • One-on-one academic advising and social support from Oliver Wilson Scholars program staff members
  • Learning and college study skills development
  • Mentoring from prior Oliver Wilson Scholars program participants and faculty
  • Specialized course sections with learning communities
  • Specialized tutoring/study groups

 

What are the expectations of students who are participating in the Oliver Wilson Scholars program?

  • Visit with Oliver Wilson Scholars program staff after your orientation session in the summer
  • Meet with their Oliver Wilson Scholars program adviser throughout each semester.
  • Attend weekly Oliver Wilson Scholars program study table.
  • Register for general education courses that are designated for Oliver Wilson Scholars program participants.

How can I join Oliver Wilson Scholars program? 

The Oliver Wilson Scholars program is only open to incoming students who are selected by the Admissions Office during the application review process.


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The Oliver Wilson Grant of Excellence

Our program offers a FREE grant to students who actively participate in the Oliver Wilson Scholars program. There is no essay or application to complete for this FREE grant. Students must participate in a point system that will track their activity within the program. Most activities are common things students complete here at Grand Valley State University. A student must reach 1000 points to receive the FREE grant that can be used towards things like lab coats, books, and other academic supplies.

 

To keep track of your points log into Blackboard (mybb.gvsu.edu)

 

Academic Support

Activity

Points

Meeting with a Oliver Wilson scholars program Advisor (4 max)

50

Attending study tables (10 max)

25

Attend Tutor sessions (5 max: includes drop-in tutoring)

20

Attend Professor Office Hours (1 Visit per professor: 5 max) 

10

Meeting with Academic Advisor ( 5 max)

15

Meet with Study Skills Coach (5 max)

15

Attend LIB 100 approved event (5 max) 

10

Personal Development

Activity

Points

Attend Study Abroad event (5 max)

10

Attend a Sport Event (10 max)

5

Have a job

20

Attend a student organization meeting

20

Attend community service project/volunteer (5 Max)

10

Attend Oliver Wilson Scholars program social events/outings (2 max)

25

Attend GVSU Play/Concert (10 max)

5

Attend Campus Life Night

50

Career Development

Activity

Points

Meet with Career Advisor (2 max)

10

Complete Focus 2 with the Career Center

20

Attend Career Center event (5 max)

5

Apply to jobs on Handshake (2 max)

15

Create Resume

10

Create Cover Letter

10

Mock Interview

20

Meet with Career Lab (3 max)

10