Join Now! Become a Scholar
According to Merriam-Webster, scholarship is defined as "the character, qualities, activity, or attainments of an intelligent person." L4L considers all RIC students to be scholars. However, some students encounter uncommon challenges on their academic journeys. L4L seeks to recognize the extraordinary scholarship of those RIC students who meet and overcome the obstacles they encounter in achieving their academic goals and earning a college degree. We call those students, L4L Scholars.
L4L is open to all entering and enrolled students at RIC who encounter life circumstances that challenge their ability to complete college. Please contact the L4L offices for details regarding project qualifiers. Students can connect with L4L staff directly or through a referral from on- or off-campus. Additionally, all former or current participants in the PEP, Bridges, Upward Bound, College Crusade, College Visions, or similar college preparatory programs are eligible. Since our start in 2012, we are pleased that a tradition has begun whereby L4L Scholars go on to become Navigators.
As L4L Scholars work with their Navigators, together they build an individualized Scholar Plan that addresses the areas of life that current research has shown to be important for student success, including:
- Academic Planning
- Career Goals
- Financial Needs
- Social Connections
The plan becomes a guide for the Navigators to identify in which areas Scholars might face challenges so they can be linked to resources. It can also be used as a resource for Scholars to use to guide conversations during academic advising sessions with their Faculty or Staff Advisors.
If you are interested in becoming a Learning for Life scholar, please fill out this application and return it to one of the L4L drop-in locations. We will link you with a Navigator and/or you will meet with an L4L staff member. The purpose of the meeting is to talk about your strengths and challenges and to provide insight about how we can best assist you on your course to success.
Visit us in Craig-Lee Hall, 054.