The Emerging Scholars Program (ESP)

ESP Four Areas of Focus

The focus of the Emerging Scholars Program focuses is in four key areas:

• HIGH ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Participants agree to use tutoring and other academic support services. Periodic learning skills workshops are designed to address the typical developmental issues that new college students face.  If you earn a certain grade point average in a given semester or academic year, you will be eligible to receive awards at the annual Academic Achievement Awards Celebration in the Fall semester.  You might also be eligible for other participation incentives.  

• LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT and PRE-PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENT

It is important for all college students to cultivate leadership skills:  strong academics; proficient technological skills; networking and interviewing skills; and the ability to present your best self in professional situations.  Our annual leadership retreat begins the process.  Follow-up professional development activities throughout the year culminate into a certificate ceremony to reward your efforts.  We help you develop skills and strategies that lead to success, graduation, and progression into your desired post-baccalaureate experience.

 

• GRADUATION FROM ITHACA COLLEGE

You can graduate with your degree from Ithaca College within 4 years if you work with your faculty and professional advisors; use academic support services; make good grades; and avoid distractions that can potentially become obstacles to your progress.    

 

• PROGRESSION INTO COMPETITIVE POST-GRADUATE EXPERIENCES

ESP students are introduced to Career Services very early on in the college experience.  Not sure of what you want to do?  Career Services can help! Internships, externships, and research experiences will build your equity and make you more competitive for jobs and other experiences after you graduate from College.  We also encourage network with recent alumni and older alumni with long-term career experience. In any case, we want you to leave Ithaca College with a job or acceptance to graduate or professional school.