First Year Leadership Scholars

The Office of Student Involvement and Leadership will send first year leadership scholars an email in June requesting information that will help the office make their assignments. In the e-mail leadership scholars are requested to fill out a form with information about themselves. If the leadership scholar knows their major the office attempts to put the student with a faculty member within their major. Many leadership scholars do not know their major and we will try to place the scholar in an area they may have an interest. Leadership scholars will be notified of their assignment by their Troy University email and their assignment will be in CANVAS. This notification will take place by August 4.

Reporting Your Internship Hours

You are responsible for keeping up with the hours you work each week. Please remember you are to work three hours a week with your mentor. You will be reporting your internship hours through CANVAS. On CANVAS, under Assignments you will have sample reports for you to type up each month and you and your mentor will sign. Please always look at each assignment at the beginning of the month for specific instructions about that month. Please note that under Assignments the reports are date specific, so the forms open and close by specific dates.

Helpful Hints and Tips for First Year Leadership Scholars

  • Pay Attention to Information We Send You

    We will contact you either through Troy University email or through CANVAS. Please be sure to read information we send you. We also suggest you read over this website carefully and bookmark it on your computer. Because you will be getting announcements from CANVAS, so you must have your CANVAS notifications turned on.

  • You Must Maintain 12 Hours at TROY UNIVERSITY in Troy, Alabama

    You must be a full-time student taking 12 hours to keep your leadership scholarship. If in the middle of the semester you decide to drop a class and you go below 12 hours you will receive an e-mail from Financial Aid saying your leadership scholarship has been dropped and you will have to pay the portion of your bill that the leadership scholarship paid. Also, know that your scholarship only applies for Troy University Troy campus classes. Some students have thought they will take 9 hours at Troy and 3 hours through the distance learning division and found that their leadership scholarship did not apply.

  • You Must Maintain a 2.7 Overall GPA

    Please remember that you must maintain an overall GPA of a 2.7. This really means that you must make A’s and B’s. There is very little room to make a C, much less a D or an F to maintain your overall GPA. In your orientation class that you will take this fall, pay particular attention to the section where they talk about your GPA and quality points and hours. This is very important for you to know. Again, suppose that it is the middle of the semester and you are convinced you are going to flunk a class, please come talk to Barbara Patterson before you make a decision about dropping the class, and remember that you have to maintain 12 hours. Also, another point for you to remember is that Financial Aid (who deletes scholarships) only checks grades at the end of spring semester. MAKE A’s and B’s.

  • School and Work

    At the end of a school year when we look at leadership scholars who have lost their scholarship one reason that seems to always come up is that they were trying to work 20 to 30 hours a week and go to school. Of course we know many of you will need to work a job to make it through school, but we ask that you really assess what you can do physically to stay a successful student. We want you to graduate in four years and to go on to successful careers. But if you lose your scholarship because of a job, this will hurt you in the long run. Please be very aware of what your abilities are and be very realistic about what you can do.

  • Talk to Barbara Patterson FIRST

    Many times leadership scholars do something that they will think will help themselves with their grades and classes and do so before consulting with Barbara Patterson. Costly mistakes are often made by leadership scholars because they make decisions that are not well researched. There are many situations that can get you into a bind. Please come talk to me before you decide to drop a class, take classes elsewhere, etc. We will go over options and then I will probably send you on to talk to your advisor. BUT TALK TO Barbara Patterson FIRST – SHE IS HERE TO HELP YOU!!!

  • Getting Started

    You are to go see your mentor during the first week of classes and set up the times you will report to their office during the semester. You are to begin your hours the second week of classes. You will work until the last class day of the semester. It is your responsibility to contact your mentor and work out a schedule that is good for both of you. If you are assigned to a faculty member, keep in mind that they do not work from 8:00 to 5:00; therefore, you may not always be able to find them in their office. If they are not in their office when you go to see them; leave them a note telling them who you are and giving them your local phone (or cell) number. Also, check with the departmental secretary to find out when would be a good time to catch him or her. Do not wait for them to contact you. This is your scholarship and therefore, your responsibility. If you are unable to catch up with your mentor after 3-4 days, stop by 215 Trojan Center, our office and we will try to help you work something out. (DO NOT let too much time pass because you are still responsible for working the same number of hours.)

  • Mentors

    Mentoring is an important aspect of the Leadership Scholar program. Your mentor will be a good friend and mentor to you. Feel free to turn to them if you have a problem you need help with. It is important for you to build a good relationship with your mentor. Many leadership scholars have been able to get workship jobs through their connections with their mentor. They also have been able to ask their mentor for job references. Please use this opportunity to build a solid friendship.

  • E-mail of Introduction:

    Once you have received your assignment you will want to send the person you are assigned to an e-mail introduction. Your mentor has been informed that you will send him/her an e-mail introducing yourself. They are curious to learn about you. Your e-mail could include information about you- hometown, high school, major, interests, goals, birthday, what office skills you have, etc. not only would they love to hear from you, it will help them help you in the future.

  • Office Tips:

    When you and your mentor set a schedule, FOLLOW IT. Always show up to work when you are scheduled. If you are sick or if there is an emergency, make sure that your mentor is notified. Be sure to find out what your mentor expects of you. When you are working in an office, you represent Troy University. Therefore, it is very important that you bring a professional attitude to your position. Be sure that your mentor has your schedule, address, and phone number. Many offices will give their leadership scholar a list of guidelines to follow. One basic guideline many offices will have is do not show up wearing the shirt of another university.

Leadership Seminar Information

Each semester our office will host a leadership scholar seminar for you. You are required to attend one seminar each semester. It is very important that as a leadership scholar you check CANVAS for announcements from our office as to when the program will be held. When you arrive at the location the seminar is being held there will be sign up sheets in the lobby so you can sign in your attendance. At every leadership seminar that my office sponsors we have at least 2 lists that you can sign, you just need to sign one list. This is to keep long lines from forming.

It is impossible for our office to schedule a seminar that every leadership scholar can attend a seminar. Because schedules conflict so much we give you other options if you cannot attend the seminar our office holds. Here is how you make up seminars that you cannot attend. In CANVAS you will get many announcements throughout the semester about speakers that either campus organizations host or that academic departments host. Just watch your Troy e-mail for these announcements, select one that you can go to, then submit to CANVAS a paragraph about the content of the program. It is that simple!

We only have one sign in seminar a semester and most leadership scholars make every effort to go to that one so they do not have to write up a paragraph, but there are so many interesting speakers on campus throughout the year that we certainly do not mind you going to one of those.

If you attend a seminar on your own, below is a sample seminar report that you would turn in through CANVAS. We highly suggest that you turn in your report as soon as possible after you attend a seminar. Students have found that if they wait to turn in their written report, they will have forgotten the details of the seminar. Remember that the content of the speaker’s presentation is what you should write about, not a description of the actual program.

Sample Seminar Report


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On April 17, Troy University hosted the Helen Keller Lecture. Special music was provided by Daniel Ray and the featured speakers for this lecture were Coach Harold Jones and James Kennedy, or better known as Radio. Most people in attendance had seen or heard of the movie Radio, which portrayed the relationship between Coach Jones and Radio, but this lecture gave the true story of these two remarkable individuals. Coach Jones was the head football coach at T.J. Hanna High School in Anderson, South Carolina, and while he was there he, along with his family, team, and most of the town, took in Radio. Radio is developmentally challenged but has a love for football. In the early 1960s he started stopping by some of the team’s football practices and has been a part of the game ever since. Coach Jones and Radio’s bond was featured in Sports Illustrated and that turned into a movie. Despite all of the fame the article and movie has given them, Coach Jones and Radio are still the down to earth people they have always been. Today, the two travel around the nation together to share their story and inform people about their charity and the effects of the developmentally challenged. When he is not on the road, one can still find Radio around T. J. Hanna High School making sure the students are doing everything they are supposed to be doing. The story of Coach Jones and Radio will continue to inspire people, just as it did that day at Troy University.

Please note that I will not accept a report that is similar to this:


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I don’t remember when, but I went to a lecture. A man spoke there about being blind. I really don’t remember what he talked about, it was so long ago. There were some other speakers there too.

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