All SIP participants who successfully fulfill all summer term requirements will be enrolled into the Scholars Program.
In an effort to increase retention and academic success of SIP students, the Scholars Program provides a structured environment for students to learn how to succeed in college. Through a combination of such things as academic advising, peer mentoring, and supplemental instruction, students are immersed into college in a controlled and guided environment. This environment provides these students with the support and guidance needed to learn how to be successful and assists with the transition to college during their first year. Program participants are consistently referred to as "scholars" to reflect high expectations.
Students sign a contract to participate in an academic support program for the remainder of the Fall and Winter semesters of the first year. The Scholars Program encompasses the below components:
- Student participation in EMU Orientation activities
- Three events to recognize, reward, and celebrate first-year success: Welcome Ceremony, Top Ten Fall Freshmen (awards for academic excellence, leadership, and involvement), and Freshman Recognition (end of the year reception for students with 3.00 GPA or higher).
- Comprehensive weekly academic support programs (tutoring, supplemental instruction, study sessions and workshops).
- Weekly meetings with student's academic coach and mentor.
- Meetings with Academic Advising as well as other key student services.
- Academic monitoring and progress reports.
- Coursework in Math, English, Speech and other General Education and Major requirements.
- Regularly scheduled cohort meetings and workshops.
- Ongoing student support thought-out each students EMU career until graduation.
The Educational Opportunity Grant (EOG) is awarded to students who have proven their ability to persist through academic and social challenges and succeed at a post-secondary level. These students have pledged a commitment to continue demonstrating academic achievement, by:
- Maintaining a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average of a 2.50 GPA;
- Maintaining Satisfactory Academic Progress and a completion rate of 100% every semester;
- Remaining in Good Standing with the university;
- Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year no later than February 1st;
- Adhering to all requirements of the educational code signed in the contract.
The EOG is a renewable reward up until each students fourth year at EMU. The award amount, which is determined by the Financial Aid Office and Academic Success Partnerships, is based on the merit parameters above.