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William Aiken Fellows Society

About the William Aiken Fellows Society

William Aiken Fellow Society

The William Aiken Fellows Society is a group of highly capable students who have the potential for success in the pursuit of national and international opportunities reserved for top scholars. Throughout their college careers, William Aiken Fellows work closely with the Dean and Associate Dean of the Honors College and with the Office of Nationally Competitive Awards to develop an academic and professional portfolio to position themselves to be strong candidates as they apply for prestigious awards.

Fellows also build leadership skills and develop close relationships with faculty and professionals who are experts in their fields. They participate in numerous programs designed to create leadership opportunities, enrich their academic experience, and prepare them for graduate work and beyond. Students who receive this impressive designation participate in monthly conversations with scholars, professional skill-building workshops, and individual mentoring sessions focused on the development of the personal essay, interviewing skills, and academic goal setting. Scholars also attend an annual reception with College officials and are invited to a number of special lectures and seminars.


Membership

All prospective students who have submitted their application and all supplemental materials by December 1st will be considered for invitation to the Honors College Interview Weekend. Students are invited in mid-December to attend an on-campus interview weekend that takes place in late January/early February based on the following criteria:

1)  Rigor of high school curriculum and consistently superior grades
2)  Honors essay illustrating exceptional skills in writing and analytical thought
3)  Community engagement and leadership outside the classroom
4)  Standardized test scores typically 1400 or higher on the SAT (Critical Reading and Math only) or a 32 or higher on the ACT

Alongside consideration for membership in the William Aiken Fellows Society, students are also considered for eligibility for the Huge, Newell, RISE and Swanson Scholars Programs during interview weekend. 

Students who are accepted into the society must maintain a 3.5 cumulative GPA to remain active. They must also participate actively in all programming and serve as Honors Ambassadors for Honors College events throughout the year.