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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. For more information on the benefits of the program and how to apply, click on the link below!

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Summer Experience

New this year! River Hawk Rising is offering a 3-day intensive Summer Experience to provide incoming students an early opportunity to build key success strategies and skills for their time at UMass Lowell. Participants will engage in various workshops designed to allow for personal exploration, setting of academic and personal goals, and interaction with key campus partners

Benefits for students:

  • Early Move-In: Participants enjoy a more relaxed move-in schedule without the traffic during move-in weekend.
  • Jump Start College: Sessions are smaller and provide a chance to acclimate, connect early with an advisor, ask questions, and familiarize yourself with the college experience before classes start.
  • Employment: Participants receive priority selection into OMA's student employment positions
  • Meet your cohort early and start building your community

Summer Experience Schedule

  • Day 1 (August 28): Students will move into their campus residences and receive their students IDs in the morning, then meet with other participants and member of the River Hawk community before going through a College Crash Course in the afternoon.
  • Day 2 (August 29): Participants will get the opportunity to plan for long-term success with College Success and Financial Planning workshops. They will also get the chance to meet with their academic advisor and learn how to navigate SIS and their student dashboard
  • Day 3 (August 30): Students will learn more about how they can accomplish their goals at UMass Lowell through the Toolbox for Success and Navigating the Classroom Experience workshops. Other opportunities will include a Student Panel featuring current students speaking about their experiences on campus and a Networking Dinner where participants can get to know their peers, staff, and faculty in an informal setting!
Each day will also feature fun opportunities and games where participants can get to know others in the program! To be eligible for the Summer Experience, students must apply by emailing no later than July 1, 2019.

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