NIU’s Office of Student Engagement and Experiential Learning (OSEEL) is currently accepting applications for the Huskie Service Scholars (HSS) program for the 2015-2016 academic year.
HSS is a program for new first-generation or low-income freshmen or transfer students who enjoy serving in the community.
In addition to seeking first-year students, or fellows, HSS is also accepting applications for current NIU upper-level students to serve as peer mentors. As part of the program, a group of three fellows joins up with one peer mentor; the entire team serves with one of six campus partners.
The six campus partner sites for the 2015-2016 academic year are the Academic Advising Center, First- and Second-Year Experience, the Latino Resource Center, Outdoor Adventures, STEM Outreach and Student Involvement and Leadership Development.
Students accepted into the program will complete 300 hours of service over the course of one academic year, after which they receive a $1,132 tuition waiver as compensation for their time, dedication and hard work. HSS not only encourages students to become involved in the campus and local community, but it also helps students acclimate to NIU during their first year with the assistance of a peer mentor and campus partner. Applications are available online.
The new program, called NIU Service Leaders, is designed for first-generation college students (FGCS) attending NIU who are work-study eligible. A FGCS is defined as a student whose parents have not received four-year college degrees. These students will work with local youth in middle school and high school.
While participating in NIU Service Leaders, students will:
- gain access to college resources;
- attend professional and academic enrichment activities;
- connect with other FGCS on campus; and
- organize informational sessions for faculty and staff on the hidden barriers of FCGS.
This program will also offer FGCS a series of workshops on how to navigate college; develop professional and leadership skills; and resources to help them succeed in their college careers. In addition, this program will offer a yearly informational session for faculty and staff working with FGCS to educate them on the needs of, and challenges faced by, these students.