Presidential Leadership Program
Ripon College has taken initiatives to foster the extraordinary talent and academic interests of its students. The Presidential Leadership Program is a unique mentored cohort program that provides opportunities for outstanding Ripon College students to pursue personal achievement, professional development, and academic excellence. Students apply for the Presidential Leadership Program in the spring semester of their first year at Ripon College. Successful applicants participate in a 1-credit course during both semesters of their sophomore year. Cohort activities continue throughout a student’s remaining two years at Ripon.
Catalyst for Change
During both semesters of the sophomore year, students will participate in a 1-credit course entitled “Catalyst for Change.” Building upon the skills developed in the Catalyst Curriculum and in other courses at Ripon, this course will focus on developing the leadership skills needed to be an effective change-agent in the community. Students will employ a social change model of leadership to design and implement community engagement projects, with the goal of having a marked impact on the local region.
Students in the program will also be invited to attend special events as they occur throughout the year. This will include “Book Club” discussions with President Messitte, VIP dinners and receptions, and opportunities to interact with faculty, invited speakers, special guests, and members of the College’s Board of Trustees. To support their professional and scholarly development throughout their time at Ripon College, program participants will have regular individual advisory meetings with the President and program coordinator, as well as opportunities to engage with previous program cohorts. Finally, participants will be encouraged to take advantage of programming by the Center for Career and Professional Development and the National Scholarship Advisors.
Applications to the Ripon College Presidential Leadership Program will be evaluated based on the following criteria:
- Strength and breadth of fall academic performance (minimum GPA of 3.5 required)
- Good standing within the campus community
- Quality of application statement
- Breadth and depth of non-academic experience
- Strength of faculty reference
National Scholars Program
Besides internal programs to strengthen the competence of the students, Ripon assists students to pursue opportunities in national and international level. The Ripon College National Scholars Program identifies and cultivates exceptional candidates for nationally competitive scholarships, fellowships, grants and awards. The program provides specialized faculty advisers, workshops, networking opportunities and a variety of other resources to help Ripon’s most extraordinary students compete for America’s most prestigious academic honors.
The internal scholarship competition for these honors occurs each year in March. The national scholarship faculty advisors will evaluate the applications to determine whether candidates will be invited to advance to the national competition. Applicants will be notified of their status by the middle of April. If selected, the respective faculty advisor will work with applicants to craft the full application package.
The brief scholarship profiles provided on this web site are designed to help you identify programs for which you may be eligible. If you decide to move forward in applying for a particular program, it is imperative that you contact the Resident Faculty Advisor to learn about the program’s mission, selection criteria, application procedures, and deadlines.
The National Scholarship Candidates Handbook (PDF) provides general guidance for students hoping to compete for major academic awards. It is never too early to begin developing yourself as a candidate for national scholarships. Decisions you make and opportunities you take during your first and second year in college may well position you for recognition as a senior.