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  • Welcome

  • Student panel

  • Obama Scholars Program overview

    • Financial aid overview

    • Mentor component

    • Scholars success component

  • Wrap up

Obama scholars program committee
Obama Scholars Program Committee

Alonzo Jones

Amy Golden

Ken Hollin

Maria-Elena Coronado

Olivia Diaz

Rhoshawndra Carnes

Sharon Smith

Troy Melendez

Veronica Hernandez

Wadell Blackwell

The sun devil way
the sun devil way

  • Achievement

  • Engagement

  • Responsibility

Who are obama scholars
who are Obama Scholars

  • Meet ASU Assured Admissions by March 1

  • Are Arizona residents

  • Enter ASU immediately after graduating from high school

  • Applied for FAFSA by March 1 (free of errors)

  • Submit all required documents to Financial Aid by June 1 (free of errors)

  • Have a total family income of $42,400 or less on the FAFSA

Who are obama scholars1
who are Obama Scholars

  • 434 Obama Scholars (at time of print)

  • 56% are merit scholars

  • Average high school GPA = 3.47

  • Average college credits = 15.5 

Who are obama scholars2
who are Obama Scholars

  • American Indian/Alaskan Native…1.6%

  • Asian……...…………………………8.3%

  • Black/African American……..….….6.5%

  • Hispanic/Latino……………………41.7%

  • White………………….……………38.7%

  • Not available……………………..…0.5%

  • Two or more races…………………2.8%

Obama scholars program how it works scholars success component financial award component

Obama Scholars programhow it works:scholars success componentfinancial award component

Your mentor
your mentor

  • Mentors provide guidance and support to Obama Scholars throughout their first year at ASU

  • Mentors play key role in helping students make smooth transition into university life

    • Direct connection to campus resources and services

  • One-to-one mentoring on a monthly basis

What a mentor does
what a mentor does

  • Listens

  • Asks questions

  • Helps student set semester goals

  • Encourages involvement

  • Offers referrals

  • Discusses challenges and ways to help

  • Connects students to campus resources

Scholar mentor contact log
scholar/mentor contact log

  • Tracking tool for you

  • Take notes of your meetings with your mentor

  • Submit contact log immediately following your meeting with your mentor each month

  • Entries can be made any day of the month

  • Archived previous months for reference

First mentor meeting
first mentor meeting

  • Contact your Obama Scholar Mentor to schedule your 1st meeting for early September

    • Introduce yourself as their Obama Scholar

  • 1st meeting expectations

    • Get to know each other, give mentor your contact information

    • Share your goals for the semester as they relate to academics, family, jobs, etc.

    • Discuss your transition to ASU so far

    • Confirm with your mentor you understand the requirements for renewal

    • Schedule next month’s meeting

Scholar success activities
scholar success activities

  • Campus activities, events, services

  • Suggestions provided on a monthly basis

    • Discuss with your mentor

  • Purpose of scholars success activities are to engage students

    • Connect to campus

    • It is the sun devil way!

Financial award component
financial award component

  • Obama Scholars program is designed to meet estimated direct costs through three sources

    • Scholarships and grant aid

    • Work-study

    • Expected family contribution (EFC) as determined from the FAFSA

  • The sum of these three sources will equal your estimated directs costs

How it works
how it works

  • Estimated direct costs include:

    • Actual tuition and mandatory fees

    • Standardized allowances for room, board and books/supplies

      • Special class/college fees, study abroad program fees and academic program fees are not covered

      • Summer tuition/fees are not covered through the Obama Scholars program

How it works1
how it works

  • You may still have a relatively low bill

  • Do not forget to factor in your estimated family contribution (EFC) and your work study earnings (FWS)

  • Understand standard allowances and estimated costs

How it works2
how it works

  • Program is funded for up to 8 consecutive semesters, fall and spring

    • Obama Scholars must maintain full-time status

    • 24 ASU credit hrs by end of spring semester

    • Maintain a 2.5 CUM GPA by end of spring semester

      • AND 2.75 CUM GPA each spring thereafter

    • Apply by March 1 FAFSA deadline (no errors)

      • AND submit all required documents by June 1 (no errors)

    • Have a demonstrated total family income of $42,400 or less on FAFSA

    • Maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress


You are an obama scholar
you are an Obama Scholar

  • Not all Obama scholars will receive a book grant or an award titled “Obama Scholarship”

  • However, for those who do…

    • The amount of the book grant awarded will be refunded to the student for the purpose of buying books

    • Students are Obama Scholars regardless of receiving an award titled “Obama Scholarship”. This means that their estimated direct costs are being met by other aid

Work study

  • How to look for a job


  • Part-time job alerts

    • This will show 15+ offered positions


What happens from here
what happens from here

  • Submit your scholars agreement electronically

  • Who is my mentor

  • When do I first meet with my mentor


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