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These scholarship programs are designed to give students a jump start on their college experience and maintain an academic focus while navigating the challenges of student life. The Aggie Smart Start Scholarship Program is exclusively for first-year students living in Central Campus (Mountain View/Valley View Tower, Richards Hall, Bullen Hall). The Second Year Experience provides support specifically for second-year students as they transition from the first year to the second year of college life. The Second Year Experience scholarship is available to students living in Central Campus (Mountain View/Valley View Tower, Richards Hall, Bullen Hall). Click on a scholarship program below to see additional details and how to apply.

 

 

Aggie Smart Start Scholarship

Limited to only 100 qualified first-year students

 

 

$500 Scholarship for 2017-2018

Students will receive one university credit each semester for participating in a once-a-week course. The scholarship covers course materials and fees for the class ($200) and includes a $150 rent credit for each semester of participation.

Get A Jump Start On College

It's called the "Smart Start" for a reason! With internationally recognized training from FranklinCovey and outstanding academic support, it's no surprise that Smart Students achieve better academic results than other students.

 

 

After participation in the program, students will:

Be better prepared to be successful achieving their goals and improve their college experience

Have an increased knowledge of campus resources and procedures

Identify as Aggies with a connection to other students and their Academic Mentors

Practice self-management skills modeled on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and the 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity

 

For the last 12 years in a row, students living on campus have achieved higher average GPAs while carrying heavier class loads than students living off campus. In addition, first-year students that participate in the Aggie Smart Start Scholarship program have averaged higher GPAs than all other freshmen at USU.

 

To qualify, students must:

  • Be a first-year student
  • Live in Central Campus (Mountain View/Valley View Tower, Richards Hall, Bullen Hall) for the 2017-18 academic year
  • Be registered for a minimum of 12 credits each semester the scholarship is used
    • If a student drops below 12 credits, he or she must obtain written permission to keep scholarship from the Program Coordinator (Sofia Walter)
  • Register for Connections, the university’s orientation course
  • Meet with his or her Academic Mentor once a month for each month the scholarship is in effect
  • Attend the USU 2160 course regularly (1 hour/week) and receive a passing grade
  • Participate in a weekly goal setting session (10-15 min/week)
  • Attend a minimum of the three team/cohort socials each semester (offered monthly)
  • Attend the Aggie Smart Start closing banquet

 

The Aggie Smart Start Scholarship program is designed to give students a jump start on their college experience. As part of the program, USU has partnered with FranklinCovey to provide students with amazing material to help them academically, personally and professionally. Students will participate in the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People class for the Fall semester, and the 5 Choices of Extraordinary Productivity for the Spring semester. You can view the planned syllabi and course schedules using the buttons below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

For participating in the Aggie Smart Start Program, students will receive the following materials:

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Edition 4.0 Participant Materials
  • Textbook - The 7 Habits of Highly Effective College Students, Sean Covey
  • The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity Particpant Guidebook
  • All Access Pass Plus - Access to 100s of training videos and materials
    • 130 FranklinCovey InSights (Single Point E-Learning Lessons)
    • 25 FranklinCovey Excelerators (E-Learning Courses)
    • Digital participant materials and more
  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People App

 

 

 

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Academic Mentors

 

The Aggie Smart Start scholarship offers exceptional academic support and monthly one-on-one meetings with an Academic Mentor. The mentoring program is a valuable element to the scholarship to help first-year students navigate the challenges of college academics. Students will set weekly goals with their Academic Mentor and attend monthly socials with other scholarship students. Through the mentoring program, students are better prepared to achieve their goals, have an increased understanding of on-campus resources, and are able to identify as Aggies with other students in their housing community.

 

Student Quotes

 

“I have a lot of respect for this program and what it can do for students and would definitely recommend the Smart Start program to any incoming freshman to Utah State because of the social support network of mentors and friends that it creates.” - Nicholas, Smart Start Scholar

 

“I have enjoyed having monthly activities to look forward to that help me take a break from studying and student life, where I can do fun activities with friends in a safe environment. Erika has been a great resource and she really takes time to listen to me and help me whenever I have needed it. I know if I ever have a problem, she will be able to direct me to a helpful resource.” - Lindsey, Smart Start Scholar

 

"This experience has prepared me for school, as well as given me friends to socialize with. I've enjoyed getting to know people and also learning more about myself through the workshops.” - Katlyn, Smart Start Scholar

 

“Aggie Smart Start was a great opportunity! It definitely helped me get settled in and meet some great friends. It's by far the best way to start your first year here. It eases the tension and lets you warm up to the idea of college. Aggie Smart Start along with the Connections course is a fantastic way to hit the ground running. I can’t stress how much Aggie Smart Start helps you socially.” - Tyler, Smart Start Scholar

 

“The first few meetings were awesome, both because of the fun of playing out in the sun with fellow incoming freshman and the content that we learned about from Steven Covey's "7 Habits". In fact, it was Smart Start that inspired me to read that book, and I can honestly say that doing so has changed my life. I can see the things that I do differently now through models like the one's that Covey created and some of my own too.” - Nic, Smart Start Scholar

 

Scholarship Application

 

Aggie Smart Start scholarships are limited to only 100 qualified first-year students.

The Aggie Smart Start scholarship application period is closed for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Second Year Experience

Limited to the first 20 qualified first-year students

 

The Second Year Experience program was created specifically for second year students living on campus to help with the transition from the first year to the second year and all the responsibilities and challenges that come with it. Because you don’t know what you don’t know!

The new scholarship, which accompanies the Second Year Symposium Series (SYSS), is for second year students planning to live in Central Campus (Valley View Tower, Mountain View Tower, Richards Hall, or Bullen Hall). The scholarship program includes an academic mentor support program designed to help students through a challenging year.

Scholarship students are awarded a $250 housing rent credit for Fall 2017 and for Spring 2018 contingent on completion of the scholarship requirements. Other second year students are still welcome to participate in the symposium series.

 

 

After participation in the program, students will:

Have an increased awareness of the unique issues faced by second-year students

Be actively engaged with their living community and university community

Develop academic and interpersonal skills with an emphasis on resilience

Identify and explore major and career options as applicable

Explore pre-professional and professional experiences and internship opportunities

Experience enhanced communication with University faculty and staff

Meet with an academic advisor or career counselor at least twice each semester

 

To qualify, students must:

  • Be a second-year student
  • Live in Central Campus (Mountain View/Valley View Tower, Richards Hall, Bullen Hall) for the 2017-18 academic year
  • Be registered for a minimum of 12 credits each semester the scholarship is used
    • If a student drops below 12 credits, he or she must obtain written permission to keep scholarship from the Program Coordinator (Sofia Walter). Additionally, he or she must obtain written permission to continue living on campus from the Director of Residence Life (Whitney Milligan)
  • Meet with his or her Academic Mentor once a month for each month the scholarship is in effect
  • Attend and participate in each monthly SYSS session (eight sessions)
  • complete assignments made at each SYSS session including meeting with academic advisor or career counselor twice a semester
  • Attend a minimum of the three team/cohort socials each semester (offered monthly)
  • Attend the closing banquet with the USU President

 

  • Second year students living on campus will be invited to participate
  • Location to be determined. 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. with a light supper provided
  • Fall Semester:
    • First Wednesday of each month
  • Spring Semester:
    • Second Wednesday of each month except for March (due to spring break). Third Wednesday in March

 

This draft schedule for the Second Year Symposium Series (SYSS) is subject to change.

 

 

 

What To Expect

 

The second year of college poses a unique set of experiences and challenges. The Second Year Experience is designed to help students navigate each step of that journey. We use the motto "Because you don't know what you don't know!" due to the fact that many different aspects of college life don't get considered until a student is actually dealing with them. We want to present students with all the resources they need to face the challenges of college life head-on.

 

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Scholarship Application

 

Second Year Experience scholarships are limited to the first 20 qualified second-year students.