About the Program
The Young Scholars program is grounded in four core principles: Community, Knowledge, Responsibility, & Service.
Being an active member of the UNO campus and Omaha community are important aspects of the Young Scholars Program. Scholars are required to participate in at least one UNO student organization of their choice. Among the benefits of student organization involvement is professional/personal growth, enhanced leadership skills, academic enhancement, and professional and social networking. UNO currently offers over 100 recognized clubs and organizations in which students can become involved. In addition, Young Scholars will be invited to attend a variety of academic and social events throughout the year. The Young Scholars office is housed in Kayser Hall 334, sharing the 3rd floor of the building with Project Achieve and Thompson Learning Community, which offers a variety of opportunities for collaboration.
Academic success and mastery of subject materials are crucial to the overall success of the Young Scholars. Scholars are required to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 during their tenure in the program. To promote academic growth, Young Scholars will attend weekly study sessions throughout the course of the semester and will be encouraged to access UNO's academic service centers such as the Writing Center, Math and Science Learning Center, and Speech Center.
Young Scholars are encouraged to think independently and make responsible decisions in life. This requires self-reflection and goal-setting. Scholars meet with an academic mentor, and submit self-reflections on their experience at UNO. In addition, scholars are expected to abide by the UNO Student Code of Conduct and, if living on campus, the Community Policies for their residence complex.
The Young Scholars promote community responsibility through volunteer activities and service projects. Currently, Young Scholars is partnering with a local non-profit organization, Conservation Fusion. Activities are being planned for UNO's 7 Days of Service, as well as on-going collaboration in future semesters. In addition, Young Scholars are individually involved in a number of other service activities throughout the year.