Emerging Scholars Program

The Emerging Scholars Program is ideal for students who may have struggled in high school or who may want assistance in transitioning to college coursework.

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The Emerging Scholars Program works with the Admission staff to identify students who have the drive, motivation, work ethic, and belief in themselves to thrive in college and improve their academic trajectory.

Prospective Students

As an Emerging Scholar, you can experience opportunities for academic enrichment and development to make the most of your college experience.

The program provides academic, social, and cultural enrichment; courses and activities tailored to enhance academic performance; and sustained support for students in the program during their first year. You will have access to the support of the program director and community for your entire Hiram career.

As an Emerging Scholar you will be given the tools and encouragement that will help you maximize your ability to thrive in the classroom and in broader areas of campus life.

Benefits of the Emerging Scholars Program

As you adjust to the pace of college life, the Emerging Scholars Program will help you stay on track. Some of the added benefits of participating in the program include:

  • Regular Access to the Program Director – You will get to know the Program Director and have biweekly check-in meetings to develop your individual success plan and address any needs or concerns that you may have. The Director will also serve as one of your academic advisors during your first year.
  • Priority Registration – Scholars are permitted to register early for one course during their first-year registrations.
  • Cohort-Based Courses – During their first year, Emerging Scholars will have access to take student development courses that will prepare them for the rigors of college classes.
  • Student Athlete Scholars (SAS) – Being a student-athlete is simultaneously exciting and demanding. Student Athlete Scholars will receive personalized support with an emphasis on time management, motivation, and balancing the responsibilities of their sport and their classes.
  • Access to a Community of Other Motivated New Students – You will have a sense of belonging and a firm foundation on which to establish your college career.

Each academic year students can apply to be a part of the Emerging Scholars Program. Each cohort is limited to 40 students that are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, so we encourage those who are interested to apply early! Talk with your Admission Counselor to see if this program might be a good fit for you!

After applying, students will be contacted by the Director of Emerging Scholars to discuss the program and answer any questions. Any student interested in participating in the program must complete a short application so that we can get to know you better. Admission to Hiram College does not necessarily guarantee admission to the Emerging Scholars Program, but all students at Hiram College will have access to all campus resources.

Contact Us

Interested in the Scholars Program? Use the links below to learn more about the program’s opportunities.