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On February 2, more than 75 The University of Olivet Global Citizen Honors Program (GCHP) Scholarship recipients will be a Comet for a day when they attend the invitation-only GCHP Day, which recognizes high schools’ best and brightest seniors. Being selected speaks volumes about a student’s abilities and aspirations, and The University of Olivet honors their hard work.

“The University of Olivet 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 and 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.”

Cassidy Hath earned a full scholarship for her award winning Global Citizen Honors Program essay.
Compete for a Full Scholarship

All students who accept membership into GCHP receive the highest institutional academic scholarships. In addition, an exclusive opportunity for GCHP members that takes place during GCHP Day is an optional essay contest to compete for a full-tuition scholarship.

“Earning the full-tuition scholarship will impact me in the long run because I won’t be in debt from school. It’s also made me more confident in myself; it showed me that I can do something if I really put my mind to it. It’s still shocking that I, out of everyone that competed, won,” said Cassidy Hath, the 2017 full scholarship recipient who graduated from Jonesville High School.

A Comprehensive Educational Experience

GCHP offers students a distinct academic experience, including honors seminar, honors option courses, honors sections of Liberal Arts Core courses, world languages and even the chance to study at Oxford University in the United Kingdom. In addition, a host of co-curricular events and opportunities are offered that, taken as a whole, provide a comprehensive academic experience for members. Plus, honor students standout to future employers and when applying for graduate school!

Xavier Vance ’17 had the opportunity to study at Oxford University as a member of GCHP. Today, she’s in graduate school studying film.

“I can’t put into words the joy I had from the Oxford study program. It allowed me to see and be a part of things that I never imaged I would, and academically, I ventured out of my comfort zone and was amazed at what I was able to discover,” said Xavier Vance ’17, who dual majored in Business Administration and Journalism/Mass Communication. “The tutors challenge your thinking and encourage you to think outside of what’s familiar.” Xavier is now pursuing a Master of Fine Arts in film and Media Arts at the University of Windsor in Ontario, Canada.

Boundless Opportunities

Opportunities await exceptionally motivated students who wish to demonstrate creativity and leadership through the framework of Individual and Social Responsibility. Cassidy is a psychology major and was excited to dive right in to learning about human behavior as a freshman. “I’m also taking honors writing and rhetoric and it’s been nice to push myself more in the classroom. Next semester I’ll take more honors seminars and classes. Honors students get to register for classes with the seniors, which is nice because none of the classes are full.”

But it’s more than academics for Cassidy, who enjoys an active social life and is a member of the cheer and stunt team, as well as OC ATHENA International Leadership Program. “I’ve built so many relationships at Olivet. I’ve become incredibly close with my suitemate, Sidney. She and my roommate do everything together and it’s been awesome. All the professors I’ve had have been so willing to help out with anything I need and they are willing to work with schedules and answer any questions you have. There are so many resources from free tutoring to groups on campus. Olivet has truly been the best decision ever!”

Learn More

If you received an invitation to the The University of Olivet GCHP Day on February 2, but have not yet accepted, there’s still time! Accept your invitation and register online now.

If you’re starting your college search and are interested in learning more about GCHP and the countless opportunities at The University of Olivet, contact the Office of Admissions at 800.456.7189 or admissions@uolivet.edu or schedule a visit.


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