Identifies, equips, and empowers young scholars to become life-giving leaders.
JuniorYear& Senior Year
Leadership Colloquium I and II
During the fall and spring semesters, first-year scholars enroll in a one-hour credit class focusing on key leadership principles preparing them as life-giving leaders.
McKnight Mentor Groups
Each incoming scholar is engaged in a mentoring group led by McKnight Scholar upperclassmen. Students meet every other week in small group settings and focus on enhancing their academic, social, and service experiences at OSU.
Heifer International Experience
During OSU's 'Fall Break,' first-year scholars will travel to Perryville, Arkansas and participate in a world hunger simulation at Heifer International.
Johnson O'Connor Aptitude Test
During their first year at OSU, each scholar has the opportunity to travel to Dallas, Texas to complete a full aptitude test conducted by the Johnson O’Connor Foundation. This experience is designed to inform them of their aptitudes and how their passions translate into career interests.
Mentor Group Book Club
During their first year, scholars will select a book within their mentor groups to read and discuss together to promote collegiality.
At the end of their second year, McKnight Scholars travel abroad to broaden their cultural perspectives and deepen their understanding of community planning, preservation, and development.
Third and fourth-year scholars have the opportunity to lead small groups of first-year scholars and mentor them through their leadership journeys fostering growth in their academic, social, and service experiences at OSU. Selected mentors participate in a series of training sessions focused on serving as a life-giving leader and purposeful mentor.
Local Leader Speaker Series
The McKnight Scholars program hosts a speaker series to highlight local leaders and their journeys in leadership. Students engage in Q&A with each guest learning about their philosophies on leadership and how they've built on them to inspire vision amongst others while challenging the process. Third and Fourth-year scholars plan and host this series of events.
Plan of Impact Celebration
In the spring semester, a celebration is held to highlight the graduating McKnight Schoalrs' leadership journey and their plan of impact upon graduation.