1. What are the benefits of being involved in Intercultural Leadership, Education and Development?
Financially, scholars receive a $10,000 per year scholarship. Scholars begin their college experience at CSB/SJU as recognized leaders within their first year class and benefit from twice monthly seminars where scholars connect with each other and members of the CSB/SJU campus community. First year scholars participate in a two-day retreat prior to first semester where they begin forming relationships with other members of their cohort. Scholars often speak about the feeling of family and support among the members of this program. Scholars also participate in formal and informal mentoring relationships with other scholars, steering committee members and other CSB/SJU community members.
2. Is the program a remedial program?
Absolutely not! Scholars arrive at CSB/SJU with strong educational backgrounds and a history of leadership in a variety of areas (fine arts, volunteer organizations, athletics, etc.). One of the main goals of the program is to continue to develop the skills that our scholars already have, while helping them seek new opportunities on campus and in the community.
3. How do I apply for the program?
Please refer to our How Do I Apply for an Intercultural Leadership, Education and Development Fellowship? page.
4. Who is eligible to apply?
In order to be eligible to apply for the Fellowship Program, students must:
In 2014-2015, there were 135 applications for 25 spots in the Fellowship Program. Applications for the program have grown steadily each year and we anticipate the 2015-2016 cohort will be no exception.
6. How many students are accepted into the program?
While our cohort sizes have ranged from 13 students to 29 students, our ideal cohort size is around 22-26 students. This allows for close inter-cohort connections as well as enhanced mentoring relationships with other scholars and the Intercultural Leadership, Education and Development steering committee.
7. What is the application timeline for the program?
The application is due by January 15. In order for an application to be complete, students must have:
Interviews for Minnesota students will be held March 6-7, 2016. Interviews for students from outside Minnesota will be held on March 14, 2016.
All interviewees are encouraged to complete their FAFSA by the March 15th priority deadline, as the FAFSA results are needed prior to Intercultural LEAD selection. The College of Saint Benedict (women) FAFSA code is 002341 and the Saint John’s University (men) FAFSA code is 002379.
8. When does the program start?
First-year Scholars participate in a mandatory two-day retreat that takes place prior to CSB/SJU first-year orientation.
9. When are student notified if they were selected for the program?
With all interviews concluding by March 14, our goal is to have completed selection for the 2016-2017 program cohort by April 1, 2016.
10. What if I’m not chosen for the program? What resources are available to me?
The selection process is never easy and each year we find ourselves making very difficult decisions. All students on campus, including students who interview for the program and are not chosen for the program, will have access to the numerous resources available on campus including (but not limited to):