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536 students attend February Scholars Day events

February 20, 2015

The Fall 2015 recruiting season continued for the Irvin D. Reid Honors College with its second Scholars Day event the weekend of February 7-8, and Thursday, February 12.

536 students participated in Scholars Day - an invitation-only event where the Honors College recruits its freshman class among the university’s most promising first-year applicants. Students were invited to attend Scholars Day if they were awarded either the Presidential, Distinguished, or Gold scholarships.

Students needed to write an essay and sit for a group interview in order to be considered for membership in the Honors College. Students also competed for additional scholarship awards as well as a seat in the Honors College during the event.

Thanks to an overwhelming response for attendance at the February event, students were split into three groups – Groups A, B, and C. Groups A and B began the day seated in the Community Arts Auditorium for the Welcome ceremony, while Group C sat for a live streaming in the Student Center’s newly remodeled ballroom.

Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson and Dean Herron began the day by welcoming everyone to Scholars Day. Following the opening ceremony, students in Community Arts split into two groups: Group A students wrote their essay and sat for their interview, while Group B, consisting of students and parents, went to the Academic Resource Fair to learn more about the various academic departments and offices around campus before switching places with Group A.

Group C’s students stayed in the ballroom to write their essays and conduct interviews, while the parents joined Group A’s parents in Community Arts for a presentation. When the students finished, they joined their parents for lunch in the Towers Café, followed by a trip to the resource fair and a campus tour.

The essays and interviews were proctored by WSU staff, faculty, and Honors College alumni.

During the essay and interview, Dean Herron presented parents with his first day in HON 1000 lecture, followed by a question and answer session. Senior Chad Coleman and Junior Arielle Armstrong-Martin also gave a presentation to the parents about their Wayne State and Honors College experiences.

When the interviews concluded, students and parents reunited and took a walking tour of campus either before or after eating lunch in Towers Café.

Students who were not able to attend the weekend event were invited to the make-up day on Thursday, February 12.