Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship Recipients,
Congratulations on receiving the Susan T. Buffett Scholarship and choosing to attend UNL! All recipients of the Susan T. Buffett Scholarship at UNL automatically join the William H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community, or “Thompson Scholars” as our students are known on campus. The W.H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community exists to foster the talents and potential that earned you the Buffett Scholarship and to support your academic, personal, and social development through a variety of opportunities, programming, and classroom experiences.
As a Thompson Scholar, you must meet both the Buffett Scholarship and W.H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community requirements in order to maintain your scholarship throughout your time at UNL. These requirements include:
Classes: Thompson Scholars are required to enroll in W.H. Thompson classes your first three semesters (Fall 1st year, Spring 1st year, and Fall of your 2nd year) at UNL. These courses cover the same material as ordinary classes at UNL, except they are reserved exclusively for Thompson Scholars and are smaller, allowing you to work closely with faculty and interact with classmates. Most of these classes meet the UNL Achievement Centered Education (ACE, http://ace.unl.edu/ ) general education requirements. For your first semester, you will choose three (3) W.H. Thompson classes at New Student Enrollment (http://nse.unl.edu/ ) with the assistance of the W.H. Thompson staff and an academic advisor. The remaining W.H. Thompson courses, you will choose each semester.
The W.H. Thompson Scholars First Year Experience Seminar: Included in your W.H. Thompson classes, you are required to take the W.H. Thompson Scholars First Year Experience seminar (your first semester only), which will provide you with a weekly opportunity to strengthen both your academic skills and social network. This seminar will address habits and behaviors essential to success in college, including time management, study skills, goal setting, campus resources, and leadership.
Workshops/Events: As a Thompson Scholar you are required to attend workshops that address important life, academic, and social skills.
Peer Mentor Program: Your first year of college you will have a peer mentor, an upper-class Thompson Scholar who knows firsthand what it is like to be new at UNL and who you meet with one-on-one to help guide you toward useful campus resources. You are also required to participate in mentor group events throughout your first year.
GPA: As a Thompson Scholar you are required to maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better AND complete a minimum of 18 credit hours each school year.
Housing: As a Thompson Scholar if you live in University Housing your first year will be assigned to the W.H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community floors in Harper Residence Hall. If you have requested a roommate, they are welcome to live with you in Harper. For additional information, please visit: http://www.unl.edu/wht/housing.shtml
We will go over this information and much more, at the MANDATORY William H. Thompson Scholars First-Year Orientation, which will take place on Saturday, August 24th, from 8:30A.M. to 3:30P.M. This orientation is for scholars only.
The W.H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community is excited that you will be joining us in the fall. Again, we wish you a heartfelt congratulations on your scholarship and high school graduation. We are looking forward to getting to know you and welcoming you to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln!
Ms. Kelli King,
Director – W.H. Thompson Scholars Learning Community