Benefits Of Becoming A Student Ambassador

This is only the second time in this blog’s one year and three month lifespan in which we, the Office of Admission, have written a post.  The first was the innaugural post, which announced the creation and purpose of this blog.  We have kept our posting at a minimum to allow current students to write most of the content because, after all, this is a blog “for students, by students”.  All that said,  we are writing today for one reason: to articulate the benefits of becoming a Student Ambassador for MTC.

First of all, let’s get the formal stuff out of the way.  Here is what the Student Ambassador program is:

The Student Ambassador Scholarship Program is designed to award high-achieving, current MTC students with scholarships of up to $1,500 (less other grants and scholarships).  In return, those students selected will serve as Student Ambassadors of MTC.  In this role they will assist the Office of Enrollment Services by: providing campus tours to prospective students and their families; calling, emailing, and chatting online with prospective students; blogging; and other duties as assigned.  In conjunction with the financial assistance this program provides, it will also develop students’ leadership and professional skills by facilitating their active engagement with campus events and activities, in addition to professional development workshops. 

To be considered for this scholarship program, applicants must meet the minimum requirements listed below:

 Minimum Requirements

  • 3.0+ G.P.A.
  • Completed 12+ MTC credits by the end of spring quarter ‘11
  • Letter of recommendation from MTC faculty or staff member
  • Interview with selection committee
  • Ambassador Application (due May 20, 2011)
  • FAFSA (due May 20, 2011)
  • 50 hours of Enrollment Services service credit logged per quarter
  • Positive attitude about MTC
  • Completion of the Ambassador online training program and test
  • Attendance at an in-person training in September 2011
  • Attendance at a mid-year professional development workshop in January 2012
  • Be enrolled for at least 6 credits per quarter throughout the year

Now, for the more informal discussion about the benefits of becoming a Student Ambassador:

1. Getting Connected

One of the biggest pieces of positive feedback we receive from our current Ambassadors is that this experience has helped them become more connected to MTC in that they know more faculty and staff, and they know more about all the services the college has to offer students.

2. Scholarship

Duh!  This one is kind of obvious.  The $1,500/year scholarship is a nice perk.

3. Leadership

Student Ambassadors go through leadership development.  To date this year, each Ambassador has: 1) taken a “Leandership Characteristic Inventory” assessment and has reflected on those results and thought of ways to become a better leader, 2) developed personal mission statements, 3) heard a personalized talk from the Mayor of Marion on what it means to serve one’s community (they also got the chance to ask him questions about their community), 4) become a better communicator, and 5) learned more about working on behalf of something larger than one’s self (e.g. the mission statement of Marion Technical College and the Student Ambassador program).

4. Service To Other Students

We can’t tell you the number of times we’ve heard from prospective students, faculty, and/or staff about how helpful our Ambassadors are to prospective and even current students.  Whether it’s giving people some inside insight on what it’s like to be a MTC student, what types of services the college offers, or making them feel more comfortable, prospective students and current students really get a lot out of having the Ambassadors around as representatives of MTC.  This service to others, in turn, is fullfilling to the Ambassadors.

So, are you interested in throwing your hat in the ring to be considered for a Student Ambassador spot for the 2011-2012 academic year?  If so, apply now!

The Office of Admission

Marion Technical College

P.S.  Check out that this cool video our Ambassadors stared in:

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