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River Hawk Rising Scholars Program


River Hawk Rising Scholars is a cohort based scholar initiative designed to support students as they successfully navigate the UMass Lowell community. Students will receive individualized attention geared towards the different stages of their college career. Scholars will be connected with an OMA coach who will serve as a resource and key point of contact. Students will meet weekly with their OMA coach. River Hawk Rising Scholars will also benefit from developing relationships with their peers in the cohort. Students will attend workshops and community building program activities together.

Read about the success of Michelle Nguyen, UMass Lowell Class of '20, and how RiverHawk Rising helped her achieve it.


  • Receive individualized attention and support from OMA staff
  • Access to networking opportunities
  • Receive professional development coaching and support
  • Receive mentorship and career development opportunities
  • Engage with a diverse community of student scholars

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Breakdown by Year

As a base-building and critical moment of a student’s career, the initial year focuses on ensuring a smooth transition to the university environment. Participants are introduced to the many important resources available on campus while building relationships and key skills to enhance their UMass Lowell experience. Workshops will build and enhance essential skills for success: time management, study skills and campus resources.

The second year will focus on providing resources as students transition into their major while emphasizing opportunities to continue to network with faculty and campus partners. Participants will continue to meet with their OMA coach to refine their success plan while continuing to build community within their cohorts.

During the third year, professional development and career exploration will be a strong emphasis. In conjunction with the Alumni and Career Development Offices participants will have opportunities to enhance professional skills and tap into critical networks. Graduate school workshops will be part of the lineup that participants can choose from. Additionally, participants will be encouraged to sign up for a mentoring relationship through Alumni Relations.

The last year of the program will focus on preparing students for post UMass Lowell opportunities. Students will continue to partner closely with the Career Development Office and will receive assistance as they begin their career search. Students who are interested in graduate school will work with an OMA staff member and available campus resources.

More Information

For more information please contact:

Office of Multicultural Affairs
University Crossing
220 Pawtucket St., Suite 366
Lowell, MA 01854
Phone: 978-934-4336