Scholar Expectations

Year One
 
Attend GWC Orientation

The orientation is an opportunity to provide incoming scholars and family members an overview of the scholarship requirement (academic and co-curricular) as well as expectations as scholarship recipients.  All first-year GWC scholars are required to attend this orientation in order to maintain their scholarship. Parents and families of scholars are encouraged to attend this orientation as well. 

 
Attend GWC First-Year Retreat

This is a required event for all incoming first-year GWC scholars. The retreat is designed to:

  • Create an environment for the first-year students to get to know each other

  • Create an environment for mentors and mentees to meet for the first time and to know each other

  • Start to build community among thenew GWC scholars

  • Introduce the first-year students to the GWC Faculty Council

  • Introduce the first-year students to ways to get involved with the GWC program. 

 
Participate in the Carver Academy

The Carver Academy is structured to enhance, encourage, and support its participants' academic, social, and cultural activities throughout their college experience. To promote continuous learning, achievement, and integrity, the Carver Academy provides the following:

  • University Studies Courses. First year students awarded the GWC scholarship are required to take University Studies 105 in the fall semester and University Studies 106 in the spring semester. The University Studies course(s) for GWC scholars are designed to help scholars adjust or adapt to student life at ISU, meet the ISU challenge of academic excellence, take advantage of opportunities that are aimed to enhance social and leadership skills, and develop an appreciation for diversity. 

  • Personal Crisis Intervention. The Carver Academy is also available when students are in crisis. Personal Crisis Intervention is provided to support students when they are going through a difficult situation in their lives.

  • Campus Involvement. There are many involvement opportunities on campus and the Carver Academy encourages students to get involved.

  • Career Exploration. The Carver Academy works with the Career Exploration Center to organize Career Exploration workshops to help prepare students for their Future Careers.

 
Meet GPA and Course Completion Requirements

Scholars must maintain a cumulative 2.50 grade point average, and each academic year complete 24 new credit hours at the university.  You must maintain continuous enrollment. If you fall below your minimum G.P.A. requirement, you may submit an appeal.  Learn more about the appeal process.

 
Participate in GWC Events

All first year GWC scholars are required to attend a minimum of three GWC-sponsored events by the end of each semester in order to maintain scholarship eligibility.  These events range from welcome back events, community service, movie nights, Leadership Retreat, student-faculty lunch, and MSA Scholars' Week.  A list of events that will meet the requirement will be sent by the GWC Staff.

 

Year Two

Become a GWC Peer Mentor

This is an opportunity for ALL second-year scholars, as part of the scholarship requires students to serve as mentors to first year scholars. The training is designed to: 

  • Help mentors become knowledgeable with their roles and responsibilities.

  • Help mentors work effectively with their mentees

  • Teach mentors of the resources available on campus and when to refer mentees for additional or specialized support.

  • Provide a space where mentors can practice mentorship dialogue with staff and peers

 
Register for UST 205

Sophomore students are encouraged to register for UST 205 in their sophomore year. The course focuses on the exploration of leadership through the lens of actively bettering one’s environment and becoming a positive agent of social change.

 

Complete 10 hours of Community Service

All second year GWC Scholars are required to complete 10 hours of community service during the fall and spring semesters of their first second year. Students can enhance their experiences at Iowa State by volunteering on campus and in the Ames community. Students will identify community needs, select an agency and become familiar with the social issue with which they will work. Students will also be given opportunities to reflect upon what they have learned about themselves and issues in the community.

 

Meet GPA and Course Completion Requirements

Scholars must maintain a cumulative 2.50 grade point average, and each academic year completes 24 new credit hours at the university.

 

Year Three and Beyond

Meet GPA and Course Completion Requirements

Scholars must maintain a cumulative 2.50 grade point average, and each academic year completes 24 new credit hours at the university.

 

Complete 5 hours of Community Service

All third year GWC Scholars are required to complete 5 hours of community service during the fall and spring semesters of their third year. Students can enhance their experiences at Iowa State by volunteering on campus and in the Ames community. Students will identify community needs, select an agency and become familiar with the social issue with which they will work. Students will also be given opportunities to reflect upon what they have learned about themselves and issues in the community. 

 

Register for UST 205

Third year students and beyond are encouraged to register for UST 205 course. The course focuses on the exploration of leadership through the lens of actively bettering one’s environment and becoming a positive agent of social change.

 
GWC Opportunities
 
George Washington Carver Advisory Board

The George Washington Carver Advisory Board is a representation of the GWC Scholars that includes First-year to senior students. The Advisory Board provides programming for the GWC scholar community, some of their programs are: welcome back events, community service, movie nights, First-Year Scholar Retreat, student-faculty lunches, and GWC Celebration week. Elections occur at the Frist-Year Retreat, where each of the four sections of the University Studies 105 will elect a class representative. At the end of the year the current advisory board will decide to stay on the board, with each new academic year the election of the first year representative.

 
George Washington Carver Outstanding Achievement Award

Each semester, the GWC Faculty Council selects two recipients of the George Washington Carver Outstanding Leadership Award to graduating seniors.  Learn more about eligibility and the nomination process.

 

GWC Lead Student Adviser

The GWC Lead Student Adviser is in an undergraduate position within the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs. The LSA has the opportunity to facilitate the UST 105 curriculum, plan Carver Academy activities, and serve as role model to both the peer mentors and first-year students. This position works closely with the GWC Graduate Assistant(s) and the GWC Program Coordinator. Third and Fourth Year GWC scholars have the opportunity to interview for this paid position within the office. Interviews for the position take place Spring Semester.