Students are eligible to apply for the program during spring semester of their first year on campus. Finalists for the program will participate in an interview process. A panel made up of University faculty, staff and administrators, employers and CSU alumni will make final selections. Those students best positioned to be selected will have:
- Achieved at least a 2.5 GPA during their first semester at CSU.
- Declared a Career Line that aligns with high-growth career areas in Ohio.
- Demonstrated the tenacity, grit and determination needed to successfully pursue a career plan that leads to full-time employment upon graduation.
To maintain eligibility in the program, students will be expected to:
- Maintain a 2.5 GPA.
- Obtain and successfully fulfill the requirements of a paid internship or co-op during the summer or academic year after their first full year of participation in the program and each subsequent summer or academic year until graduation.
- Participation in multicultural student success programs offered through the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement.
- Participation in at least one civic engagement activity offered through the Office of Civic Engagement, the Department of Student Life, a student organization, or an employer.
As part of their selection into the program, LINK Scholars receive:
- A $2,000 scholarship during their first year of eligibility and renewal of the scholarships, based on the availability of funds, for up to two additional years.
- Access to all services available through Career Services, including online assistance, courses and workshops, guidance from Talent Development Coordinators, and assistance from alumni, student and employee volunteers;
- Assistance from a Program Coordinator to monitor students’ consistent advancement through the Success Map;
- An Employer Champion, specifically recruited for the LINK Scholars Program, to provide mentorship and guidance;
- Occasional special programming for LINK Scholars as arranged by the Program Coordinator;
- Academic support through the multicultural student success programs offered by the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement; and
- Connection to civic engagement activities through the Office of Civic Engagement.
The Program is managed by The Office of Civic Engagement’s Director of Community Partnerships in close collaboration with the Office of Inclusion and Multicultural Engagement.
Funding for program scholarships is provided by corporate and private donors, and foundations. CSU will actively solicit private funding for the program, both its scholarship and operations.