FAQ about Intercultural-LEAD
Frequently Asked Questions about the Intercultural Leadership, Education and Development Fellowship
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:
- Be a first generation college student (meaning that neither parent has graduated from a four-year college or university).
- Attend high school within the United States.
- Have demonstrated experience and leadership with intercultural issues and actions.
- Have demonstrated academic accomplishment throughout high school.
- Have demonstrated financial need.
- Graduate from a diverse high school located in an urban setting.
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 for high school seniors graduating in 2015 has closed. The application for students graduating high school in 2016 will be open in fall of 2015. In order for an application to be complete, students must have:
- Submitted the Application for Admission to CSB/SJU.
- Submitted an essay answering the diversity question on the Intercultural LEAD application form.
- Submitted the Intercultural Leadership, Education and Development application form.
Interviews for Minnesota students will be held March 22-23, 2015. Interviews for students from outside Minnesota will be held on March 16, 2015.
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 23, our goal is to have completed selection for the 2015-2016 program cohort by Friday, March 27, 2015.
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):
- Academic Advising: Information regarding study skills, free tutoring, one-on-one advising support and assistance in creating a four-year academic plan.
- Intercultural Center: A department on campus which promotes intercultural awareness and competence to all students. The primary focus of the Center is to provide services to students of color. The Center strives to facilitate intercultural interaction, learning and appreciation. It also provides personal mentoring and coordinates many special events—including the annual Festival of Cultures and Asian New Year.
- Student Activities and Leadership Development: Provides opportunities for on-campus involvement in student clubs, the Inspiring Leaders Certificate Program (ILCP), and countless events happening during the week and the weekends at CSB/SJU.
- Counseling and Health Promotion: Offers individual counseling as well as workshops on common concerns for college students (stress management, body image, homesickness, etc.).
- Career Services: Provides students with support in resume/cover letter writing, finding an internship and networking with CSB/SJU alumni. It also holds information sessions and career fairs for students to learn more about options after graduation.