Students can receive up to $1,200 in financial aid through scholarships provided in the Student Support Grant Program.
The program, sponsored by The Center for Academic Enrichment and Excellence, was designed to improve retention and graduation rates of the undergraduate population and contribute to the development of student leaders.
Kristin Haas, a junior biological sciences major works with the ODI as a student assistant.
“I would definitely recommend that students apply to this program because it gives you experience in how an office works, especially one that is important to Virginia Tech,” Haas said. “Feeling like you contribute and are a part of the university adds so much to the college experience.”
Haas applied to the program after an instructor encouraged students to apply. Haas is responsible for maintaining the website for the recipients of the Presidential Campus Enrichment Grant.
There are two types of Support Grants. The Office for Diversity and Inclusion offers a Student Assistant position for students that receive the grant. Students will serve as mentors for students in the Presidential Campus Enrichment Grant Programs and provide support for the ODI. The ODI Student Assistant grant offers $1,200
The CAEE also offers a Student Assistant position for students that receive the grant. Up to 10 students will serve as staff or representatives for the CAEE. The CAEE Student Assistant grant offers $1,200 per year.
Student assistants, like Haas, also have the opportunity to help out with events around campus. The Program gives students flexibility with their schedule when working as an assistant. “I work in the office once a week for 2 hours,” says Haas.
The SSGP is available for full-time undergraduates with a cumulative GPA of 2.50. Applicants must also have a current FAFSA. Potential receivers of the SSGP must also have knowledge of activities on campus.
Applications for the program are due by April 1, 2011, and the center will host informational sessions March 14, 16 and 21 in 111 Femoyer Hall.