Requirements for Current James Scholars
James Scholars are required to maintain a GPA above a certain threshold and maintain a minimum number of graded credit hours in order to continue in the program:
In addition to the GPA and credit hour requirements above, incoming students admitted with James Scholar status must complete the following requirements during their first year on campus:
In addition to the GPA and credit hour requirements above, each academic year upperclassmen must fulfill a commitment to a Gies College of Business activity from the list below OR complete 20 hours of community-based service. Activities and service cannot be for pay. Students must report their activity through the online reporting form by the end of the academic year (Friday, May 13, 2022).
Exemptions: If there are extenuating circumstances (such as a health concern) that would prevent you from participating, please complete the online reporting form to request an exemption from completing the James Scholar Activity/Service requirement.
Choose one of the following activities. Report your activity through the online reporting form by the end of the academic year (Friday, May 13, 2022, or Friday, December 17, 2021 if only enrolled for fall) in order to maintain James Scholar status. Note: Membership on a RSO or fraternity/sorority board would not count toward this requirement.
Report your activity through the online reporting form by the end of the academic year (Friday, May 13, 2022) in order to maintain James Scholar status.
Download this spreadsheet template to track your service hours and provide the following information:
-what dates the hours were completed
-what organization the service was for
-description of work
-contact information for a supervisor/organizer who could verify that you completed the hours
-total number of hours
You will upload the completed spreadsheet to the online reporting form.
Volunteer Opportunity Suggestions:
-Volunteer through a registered student organization (RSO) or for an Office of Undergraduate Affairs event (e.g. New Student Welcome, Signing Day)
-Office of Volunteer Programs
-Opportunities featured in the weekly James Scholar newsletter
-Other service opportunities may receive approval by the Assistant Dean for Honors or the Honors Coordinator (email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Internships, paid work, or work for a family business cannot count toward service hours.
One Semester Enrollment
If you will be studying abroad for a full semester or will not be enrolled during one semester of the academic year (due to December graduation, stopping out, winter internship, etc), you may complete 10 hours of service and submit the online reporting form by Friday, December 17, 2021 (fall enrollment) or Friday, May 13, 2022 (spring enrollment).
For freshmen, James Scholar status is evaluated at the end of the first year. For sophomores, juniors, and seniors, James Scholar status is evaluated at the end of each semester (based on GPA and credit hours for fall, and based on GPA, credit hours, and online reporting form for spring). James Scholars who do not successfully complete all requirements may be removed from the program. However, we recognize that sometimes unforeseen situations beyond students' control may occur. If extenuating circumstances affected the completion of requirements, we offer an appeal process for possible reinstatement of James Scholar status. Students will need to upload a personal statement and any relevant documentation. Appeals are reviewed by the Honors team on a case-by-case basis, and students will be contacted about the decision within a few weeks of submitting the form.