We created the Scripps Innovation Scholars program to give students the chance to unleash their innovative spirit. This is a program for bold, curious problem-solvers who are passionate about making positive change in their world.
A Dean's Vision
Dean Scott Titsworth describes the Scripps Innovation Scholars experience
Scripps Innovation Scholars receive:
- A $1,500 scholarship renewable for four years.
- $1,000 to use toward enrichment activities over the four-year experience.
- Early, personalized access to the college's outstanding, supportive network.
- Mentorship opportunities with top faculty members. The first Innovation Scholars course is taught by Dean Scott Titsworth!
- Entry into a cohort of other high-achieving, creative students whose interests complement each other.
As OHIO Honors students, Innovation Scholars also receive:
- Access to honors housing
- Priority registration
- Honors designation on transcripts and diplomas
- Other benefits offered by the OHIO Honors program
Year One: Explore
- Fall Semester: Innovation Scholars will meet weekly with the dean of the Scripps College of Communication and other college leaders in a course called "Introduction to Communication Innovation"
- Complete readings and reflections
- Engage with guest speakers including faculty, alumni and students
- Collaborate on service learning projects and student mentorship opportunities
- Spring Semester: OHIO Honors course and Engagement Lab
- Regular check-ins with the dean and mentors to further develop innovation skills
Year Two: Plan
- Innovation Scholars will work closely with their mentors to determine the course of their innovation pathway. This will mean identifying a focus, gathering and conducting research, identifying potential barriers and how to get around them, and creating an actionable plan.
- OHIO Honors component involves exploring the three program pathways: community engagement, research and creative activity, and leadership. Students will complete two curricular experiences and two co-curricular experiences in any pathway and select a pathway concentration at the end of spring semester.
Year Three: Produce
- By now, Innovation Scholars will have learned to see their world through a lens of innovation; they'll be ready to share what they're learning with their project teammates and as mentors to first- and second-year Innovation Scholars. They will spend year three making the most of their access to resources and experts, conducting research, and working their problem.
Year Four: Share
- The final year of the Innovation Scholars experience will be dedicated to the capstone project, which will allow students to summarize and share what they have learned. This is also a year to celebrate everything they have accomplished, with special events and exclusive networking opportunities designed to prepare our Innovation Scholars for their next chapter.