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Supporting the transition to graduate school

First Year Scholars (FYS – previously First Year Fellows) is a program designed to help participants throughout their first year in graduate school at Mizzou, and to develop a cohort of support. It consists of monthly meetings for nine-months, social gatherings, and other meetings as arranged by the group itself or the CIE Director.

Eligible Participants: Marshall, Ridgel, Carver, and McNair Fellowship Recipients and TigerView participants who are in the first two-years in their graduate program.

CliftonStrenghts: The program will sponsor each participant to take the CliftonStrengths assessment, which includes a follow-up with MU Career Services in the December meeting.

Incentive: Scholars who do not miss more than one meeting per semester will receive $250 per semester during Year 2 in their program. This incentive will be applied to your MU account and can be used to reduce the cost of academic related expenses changed to your account. ATTENTION: this means Scholars 19 could be eligible to receive $250 towards Fall 2020 academic expenses, and another $250 for Spring 2021.

NOTE: Students who do not have a fellowship should contact Dr. Arouca at or 573-882-9578 for other opportunities for engagement and support.