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Schmitt Scholars Program

The Schmitt Scholars Program promotes the development of promising Saint Xavier University student leaders, helping participants advance their leadership efforts at SXU and preparing them to make a broader impact on the world after graduation. Schmitt Scholars receive a merit-based scholarship and participate in a program of activities that provide them with opportunities to reflect on and develop their leadership potential.

The program is supported by the Arthur J. Schmitt Foundation, which dedicates its resources to fashioning a better and more humane world. Arthur J. Schmitt was a successful entrepreneur, engineer and inventor who was committed to the education of educated, ethical and spiritually reflective leaders. His legacy has supported generations of Schmitt Scholars at selected colleges and universities throughout the Midwest.

Each year, faculty and staff are invited to nominate first-years and sophomores for the program who demonstrate exceptional leadership potential and strong academic performance. For additional information on the Schmitt Scholars Program, please contact the program's co-leads Josh Bogaski-Baugh (bogaskibaughFREESXU) or Gina Rossetti (rossettiFREESXU).

Schmitt Scholars FAQ

Our criteria for selecting Schmitt Scholars focuses on students' leadership potential and academic achievement. Applicants are required to demonstrate a record of academic excellence with a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or better; active involvement in student organizations, extracurricular academic projects and other University-sponsored and community-based programs; and evidence of the ability to assume a leadership role on campus and beyond. Students invited to apply for the program must be full-time undergraduate, degree-seeking students with sophomore standing or higher. Students in any major are eligible for the program.

Prospective Schmitt Scholars who are nominated by faculty and staff are then invited to submit an application. The application describes the leadership requirements of the program and involves writing short essays based on carefully chosen prompts. The applications are reviewed by a selection committee comprised of faculty and staff.

The Schmitt Scholars Program is designed to advance and assess students' leadership skills, promote the development of values-based leadership inspired by the mission of Saint Xavier University and the heritage of the Sisters of Mercy, foster career development, facilitate service on campus and in the community, and motivate students to make an impact on the broader world after graduation by preparing them for future leadership roles in their professions and communities.

Schmitt Scholars at SXU are expected to:

  • Acquire and read the Arthur J. Schmitt book (provided) and identify ways to thread what is learned into the final project.
  • Complete the CliftonStrengths and 16 Personalities assessments and attend facilitated workshops to further explore their leadership identity.
  • Schedule a leadership development appointment with the Center for SUCCESS to learn more about leadership opportunities at the University.
  • Develop a leadership philosophy statement using provided guidelines and the Arthur J. Schmitt reading.
  • Meet with the director of High Impact Practices to learn about potential leadership opportunities in the community and develop a final group project based on the information learned.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of the group project and submit biweekly contribution reports to the assigned program lead.
  • Attend the Synergy Leadership Summit and present at least one educational leadership session.
  • Serve as an ambassador to the Cougars LEAD Leadership Certificate and educate SXU students about the certificate and the importance of leadership identity development.
  • Volunteer at the College-to-Career Expo in both the fall and spring semester.
  • Participate in the Cougars LEAD Leadership Certificate and report all leadership experiences through The Den.
  • Develop and update an e-Portfolio that highlights all leadership activities for the year and beyond.
  • Attend the End of Year Symposium and present their leadership philosophy statements as well as their final project to University and Schmitt Scholar Foundation Leadership.