Thrive Recognition Program

The Thrive Recognition Program acknowledges outstanding Thrive students who achieve excellence in scholarship, leadership, and service, demonstrating a solid record of growth and accomplishment during their tenure at KSU. It also serves to inspire students to pursue those opportunities that will enhance their KSU experience and prepare them for success beyond college. Our hope is that students will be transformed by the integration of these experiences and emerge as exemplary leaders and contributors to their communities and future career fields.

Thrive Recognition Program

To earn recognition, Thrive Scholars must maintain the HOPE scholarship or have earned it back before their graduation. In addition, they must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete all required Thrive pre-matriculation programs including:

    • Pre-registration workshop
    • Orientation day & Extended Orientation experience
    • UP! Conference

    Attendance will be tracked and entered by program staff.

  • First Year:

    • Meet with your academic advisor for 30-hour hold advising appointments each semester

    Second Year and beyond:

    • Meet with your academic advisor at least once per year to stay on track towards degree completion

    Record your appointments in D2L. Appointments will be verified by program staff.

  • First Year:

    • Meet with your Thrive Graduation Coach at least once per month (Fall: 4 appointments; Spring: 1-4 appointments)

    Second Year and beyond:

    • Meet with your Thrive Graduation Coach at least once per year

    Appointments will be tracked and entered by program staff.

  • Attend at least one Thrive Program per year. Examples include:

    • Syllabus Planning Workshop
    • How to Ace Your Classes workshop
    • Secure the Scholarship session
    • Lunch & Learn
    • Thrive-endorsed programs (See D2L calendar for these options.)

    Record your attendance in D2L. Attendance will verified by program staff.

  • Create a plan and time frame for completion of all courses in your degree program.

    • Use some or all of the following resources: degreeworks, academic map, department website, major check sheet, academic advisor, graduation coach
    • Submit your plan by the end of your first year (July 31st)
    • Submit plan updates, if there are any major changes

    Use Degree Planning document in D2L to complete your plan. Plan must be reviewed and verified by your academic advisor.

  • Complete the following career activities:

    • Activate your profile in Handshake and complete the Career Interest Survey by the end of your first year (July 31st)
    • Upload your resume and have it approved by Career Planning & Development by the end of your second year (July 31st)
    • Meet with your Career Advisor by the end of your second year (July 31st)
    • Attend at least one Career Fair

    Record completion of these activities in D2L. Activities will be verified with Career Planning & Development.

  • Complete at least 40 hours of meaningful service in the local or global community.

    Use the Documentation Form in D2L to submit proof of hours served. Forms must be verified by an advisor, professor, staff member, or organization representative.

  • Successfully complete an experiential learning opportunity that enhances the academic experience of yourself and/or your peers. Some examples include:

    • Serving as a Teaching Assistant or Supplemental Instructor
    • Conducting research, writing and/or presenting with a professor on an academic subject
    • Participating in an approved Study Abroad program
    • Completing an Internship or Co-op Experience
    • Joining and completing the Honors Program
    • Joining and serving in an academic registered student organization (RSO)
    • Serving as a Tutor, Peer Academic Advisor, Marietta Mentor, Note Taker, etc.
    • Other approved academic experiences

    Use the Documentation Form in D2L to submit proof of your experience. Forms must be verified by an advisor, professor, staff member, or organization representative.

  • Successfully complete a significant leadership experience on campus or in the community. Some examples include:

    • Peer Leader, SGA Officer or RSO Leader
    • Club Sports or Athletic Team Leader
    • Ignition, Owl Expedition or Flight Crew Leader
    • Thrive Ambassador or Project Leader
    • Campus or Community Service Project Leader
    • Other approved leadership experiences

    Use the Documentation Form in D2L to submit proof of your experience. Forms must be verified by an advisor, professor, staff member, or organization representative.

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