Honors College Ambassadors will assist The Honors College faculty and staff with programs and events that promote The Honors College and WCU. Ambassadors will speak with prospective students, parents, stakeholders, and supporters to provide an informative and positive view of the University and Honors College experience. Ambassadors will participate in events like Open House days, and will serve as host/hostess for scholarship/recognition programs. Ambassadors may occasionally be selected to speak in front of groups about their Honors experiences and the opportunities afforded to students in The Honors College.
Ambassadors will be provided training so that they can be as successful as possible in meeting their obligations. In addition to training, Ambassadors will also be expected to attend two meetings per semester that will provide updates and information to assure that Ambassadors are well-informed about The Honors College and its programs and opportunities. By developing a cadre of Ambassadors, The Honors College will be able to call on individuals at a time and/or date that suits their schedule; The Honors College will not place an undue burden on your schedule or your time. However, if you apply and are accepted, The Honors College will expect you to be available periodically throughout the year. A students’ reappointment as an Ambassador will be considered by The Honors College faculty and staff at the end of the academic year (there are no automatic reappointments) so that each student can make a decision about on-going participation.
Ambassadors serve as unpaid volunteers, however, there are many perks to the position – including adding it as a line on your resume! Being an ambassador will allow you to connect with other Honors students at WCU and strengthen your relationship with faculty, staff, students, organizations on campus, and other stakeholders in the community. You will gain valuable communication and leadership skills in the ambassador program. Has The Honors College experience been important to you in your time at WCU? Did it help you to make the decision to come to WCU? Would you be interested in talking with program supporters about the difference they have made in your education by supporting the Honors College? This is your opportunity to give back and pay it forward in helping the Honors College grow and thrive in the future! Furthermore, several of the trainings and meetings will be DegreePlus approved events. Being an Honors College Ambassador will allow you to level up quickly toward select skill areas. Those accomplishments will be reflected on your experiential transcript.
The qualifications for Honors College Ambassadors include: freshman, sophomore, junior status; excellent communication skills, a strong interest in helping others, a positive and cheerful disposition, enthusiasm for working with a diverse group of people, a commitment to personal reflection and professional improvement, and status as an Honors College student in good standing. In addition, students must go through the ambassador training in order to serve. If you apply and are accepted, The Honors College will expect you to be available periodically throughout the year. Typically, an Honors College Ambassador should be able to volunteer for 1 or 2 events per month, or roughly 2 to 4 hours per month, beyond the training programs.
CURRENT Honors College Ambassadors must apply by September 1, 5 PM, no interview required. Decision to be made by mid-September. Current Ambassadors application materials should address all of the following:
NEW Honors College Ambassador Applicants must apply by September 1, 5 PM, with in-person interview to be scheduled September 5-15.
Your application includes:
Email your application materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What Happens After I Apply?
The cadre of Ambassadors will be chosen based on the goal of providing a diverse cohort of student ambassadors representing a wide-range of interests, experiences, and perspectives across WCU and the Honors College. CURRENT Honors College Ambassadors who are selected will be notified via catamount email by September 18. NEW Honors College Ambassador Applicants will apply by September 1, with in-person interview to be scheduled September 5-15. Notifications will be made by September 18 via campus email.
The Honors College
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