On November 9, Olivet College will host the invitation-only Global Citizen Honors Scholarship Competition, welcoming the best and brightest OC applicants to write essays competing for a full-tuition scholarship and other scholarship opportunities. In addition, the day includes learning about life as a Comet, opportunities for parents and much more.
The Global Citizen Honors Program (GCHP) is designed for the student who wishes to continue demonstrating creativity and leadership within the framework of Individual and Social Responsibility. GCHP members are provided opportunities to investigate global, interdisciplinary issues by inquiring into the theories and philosophical underpinnings of complex social issues. All students who accept membership into GCHP receive the highest institutional academic scholarships.
“Olivet College GCHP students are a diverse group, not only in majors but in backgrounds, ethnicity, race, personality, interests and much more,” said Kirk Hendershott-Kraetzer, Ph.D., professor of Humanities and director of the Global Citizen Honors Program. “Honors students compete on NCAA athletic teams, are musicians and singers, hold office in student government, clubs, fraternities and sororities, and much more. They are leaders in the classroom, on campus and among their peers. While diverse, they share one commonality: a commitment to academic excellence and the desire to make the most of their college education.”
A Day Dedicated to GCHP
In addition to the Global Citizen Honors Scholarship Competition, students and parents will learn more about the opportunities within GCHP and their chosen programs of study. Benefits of the program include priority class registration, honors seminar, honors option courses, honors sections of Liberal Arts Core courses, world languages, the honors thesis, a special office space, events throughout the year, honors graduation recognition and even the chance to study at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. In addition, guests will also in the Kirk Center, experiencing one of the core locations of Olivet College student life.
Nina Butts, A True Global Citizen
Freshman Nina Butts has always had a passion for storytelling. Acting and writing, whether creative or journalistic, are Nina’s favorite hobbies and she practices them nearly every day. Her hard work paid off at the last Global Citizen Honors Scholarship Competition, writing the full-tuition scholarship winning essay about her experiences with risk, diversity and embracing her true self.
“I was really fascinated by the opportunities Olivet was able to give me, especially the opportunity to study at Oxford University,” Nina explained. “I remember when I was a freshman in high school I used to tell people I wanted to study at Oxford, but I never believed that opportunity would actually come to me.”
Now well into her first semester at Olivet College, Nina hasn’t looked back since becoming a Comet. She’s already connected with friends, professors and clubs, and looks forward to continuing to expand her network. In addition, Nina is making lifelong memories, including lighting the ceremonial Lamp of Learning during OC’s 2018 Opening Convocation.
“My classes are going very well, I love being a JMC major,” Nina exclaimed. “I especially love my Intro to Mass Communication class because it gives me a new perspective on society and how we should view the messages and content the media shares. I also love being a part of The Echo, OC’s student newspaper. It makes me feel more connected to the issues on campus.”
And for her dream of studying at Oxford University, Nina already has that scheduled into her four-year plan. She’ll be taking advantage of the opportunity of a lifetime during her junior year.
At Olivet College, nearly every student receives a form of financial assistance, and OC offers bountiful scholarship opportunities. In addition to Global Citizen Honors scholarships, many other academic-based awards are available. Further, unique OC scholarships are awarded based on siblings in college, talent in the arts, non-NCAA athletics, dedication to community service, military status, the high school a student graduated from and more. Additionally, Olivet College is a partner of both the Lansing Promise and Kalamazoo Promise – demonstrating the college’s commitment to providing a quality and affordable education to all students.