Dean's Scholars

College of Education & Human Services: Dean's Scholars Program

A select cohort of 20 new, full-time students – majoring in education or social work – will participate in this competitive program. Scholars will have VIP access to Michael Smith, Ph.D., Dean of the College of Education & Human Services.

Program features

  • Outings to select venues and/or events under the direction of the dean or chairperson
  • Invitations to participate in professional luncheons/forums with faculty and other community leaders
  • Opportunity for early advising and registration
  • A reference letter from the dean or chairperson for those completing the program with a 3.5 GPA or better

Additional benefits

  • Priority access to research and scholarship opportunities with faculty
  • Receive a complimentary professional membership in your field
  • Participate as an Ambassador for the College of Education & Human Services
  • Option of being part of a residential learning community in Lourdes Commons where program participants live with other Dean's Scholars
  • Priority application for international study abroad opportunities
  • Social Work majors receive early interviews with field sites and the Director of Field for placement
  • Social Work majors receive special licensure prep workshop with faculty

Scholars Housing Award

Dean's Scholars will receive a $1,000 Scholars Housing Award per year in addition to their Academic Scholarship

Program Eligibility

The 20 selected Dean's Scholars must meet all of the following requirements:

  • 3.2 or higher GPA
  • 22 or higher composite ACT score
  • Application with accompanying essay (no longer than 500 words)



Michael J. Smith, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Education & Human Services

Assisi Hall 150 A