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KBB Scholars

Olivet College has been committed to inclusion and diversity for over 175 years, educating and advancing leaders of all backgrounds since the College’s founding. As a testament to this commitment, the first graduating class was comprised of three women — Sophia Keyes, Mary Barber and Sara Benedict. In honor of these women, Olivet College has established the Women’s Leadership Institute Keyes-Barber-Benedict (KBB) Scholars Program, a focal point of deep learning and engagement for a select group of students on campus.


This unique and comprehensive leadership program seeks to engage and unite students and mentors as they create a clear path to a successful and fulfilling future as tomorrow’s leaders. The Keyes-Barber-Benedict Scholars Program is designed to deeply connect scholars with their academic, career and civic passions and prepare them to be exceptional citizens and employees or graduate/professional students upon graduation. In the spirit of our first three graduates, KBB Scholars learn to embrace their unique qualities and develop the confidence and courage to become influential and successful citizens who boldly seek and achieve their goals.


Throughout their time at Olivet, KBB Scholars will collect an extensive body of knowledge and experience that will benefit them throughout their studies and postgraduation endeavors. They will gain a greater sense of self, develop leadership skills and self-confidence and build their capacity to face fears, persevere and succeed. They will be inspired to become the leaders every organization seeks and every employer desire.

Keyes-Barber-Benedict Scholars have the opportunity to:

  • Earn a Keyes-Barber-Benedict Scholarship (amount varies).
  • Network and create long-lasting relationships with prominent women leaders.
  • Participate in personal and professional development experiences.
  • Learn from the premier ATHENA International Leadership Model.

The Keyes-Barber-Benedict (KBB) Scholars Program is open to all incoming freshmen and transfer students with an incoming GPA of a 3.0 or higher. The KBB Scholars Program is open to individuals of all genders, gender identities and gender nonconforming identities. All students interested in developing leadership skills will benefit from the KBB Scholars Program regardless of background or gender, particularly those with an interest in advancing women in leadership roles. In addition to completing their Olivet College application, students are asked to complete a secondary KBB application. KBB Scholar candidates will then be contacted by Women’s Leadership Institute Director Jamilia Johnson regarding their application. 

Women’s Leadership Institute Coordinator/Recruiter

Jamilia Johnson
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In her role the Olivet College Women’s Leadership Institute Coordinator, Jamilia aims to guide young women in their journey of personal growth and leadership development. In addition, Jamilia works directly with our Women’s Leadership Institute Keyes-Baber-Benedict Scholars Program, a vibrant and engaging women’s leadership program that provides educational and personal growth opportunities for its members. Jamilia holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and is passionate about working with students on their journey to self-discovery and professional advancement.

As a woman undergraduate student in a traditionally male-dominated STEM field, I have had the opportunity to develop confidence within my profession. As a first-generation college student, I value the importance of opportunity for all. My passion is to help all students, including young women, find their voice, develop their leadership qualities, and make valuable connections that will support them in their studies and post-graduation. The Olivet College Women’s Leadership Institute helps students build self-confidence and creates a safe space for members to learn about themselves while learning from each other, and I am grateful to be a part of it.

Jamilia Johnson

Women’s Leadership Institute Coordinator/Recruiter, Olivet College

Contact Us

For more scholarship information, please contact Jamilia Johnson via email or at 269-749-7667.