Honors College Ambassador Program

What are Honors College Ambassadors?

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.

What are the Roles and Responsibilities of Honors College Ambassadors?

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.

Why Become an Honors College Ambassador?

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.

What are the Qualifications for Being an Honors College Ambassador?

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.

To Apply

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:

  1. A paragraph about the events that you participated in throughout the year and why you want to serve again.
  2. Discussion of the Honors College Ambassador trainings that you attended, what you learned, if and how you applied the training, and what additional training you would like to have for the upcoming year.
  3. A copy of your course and work schedule (if applicable) for fall. If you are selected, you are expected to notify The Honors College of any schedule changes by the second Monday of classes (5PM).
  4. A list of your best available days and times to volunteer (example: Mondays after 2 PM) for fall. Be as specific as possible. Include every week day in your availability. If unavailable for an entire day, make a note (ex. Tuesdays - unavailable).

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:

  1. A one-page resume.
  2. A formal letter to the Associate Dean of the Honors College which includes the following information (at a minimum; must be included in either the resume and/or letter, as appropriate):
    1. your name, phone number, catamount email address
    2. expected graduation date, major or planned major, home town, languages (other than English) that you speak fluently or near fluently
    3. a statement explaining your interest in serving as an Ambassador
    4. a statement about a class that you find particularly engaging or intellectually stimulating and what interests you most about that class
    5. a list of your on-campus activities (clubs, work, etc.) and out of class interests or hobbies.
  3. A copy of your Fall 2017 course and work schedule.
  4. A list of your best available times to volunteer for fall (ex. Mondays after 2 PM). Be as specific as possible. Include every week day in your availability. If unavailable for an entire day, make a note (ex. Tuesdays - unavailable).

Email your application materials to honors@wcu.edu.

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
Western Carolina University
101 Balsam Hall
Cullowhee NC 28723

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