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Freshman Five Program Mentors Scholarship Recipients

09- 06- 2006

Logo_Freshman_5Spartanburg, S.C. – The Freshman Five program is a new mentoring program targeting scholarship freshmen (mainly South Carolina LIFE scholars) to assist them in their first year at the University of South Carolina Upstate. The program derived out of discussions in the University’s Student Success Team, a group of campus administrators, faculty, staff and students, whose concern was for students who “fall through the cracks” that first year. 

“Although there are a multitude of support services around campus, students often don’t ask for help when they need it.  This program will set up intentional connections between these students and a campus mentor which we hope will provide them some much needed support,” stated Louise Ericson, director of the USC Upstate Center for Student Success.

Many of the Student Success Team members are serving as mentors in this inaugural year along with other select faculty and staff across campus that are well known for the rapport they have with students.  The program’s main goals are to increase the success rates of the program’s participants, to increase the percentage of freshmen retaining their LIFE scholarship onto their sophomore year, and to educate students of campus resources, support, and academic strategies that will improve their academic success.

The program opens with the Freshman Five Kick-Off event to be held on Wednesday, September 6th at 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Life Center Ballroom. Students will meet their mentors for the first time and will enjoy dinner together. We are fortunate to have Greg Blake, CEO “Chief Encouragement Officer” of PepWorks! International, as our featured speaker who will deliver a poignant motivational program for the students to help get their semester started off right.

Incoming freshmen receiving LIFE scholarships were invited to join the program during the summer via mail from the Admissions Office as well as through sessions at summer orientations. This first year, participation was limited to 150 students and hopefully the program’s success will contribute to its growth in the future.

For more information, contact Louise Ericson, director of the Center for Student Success, at (864) 503-5070 or lericson@uscupstate.edu.