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Being a part of the VT Honors College gives students access to distinctive professional development programming, which helps set them apart in competitive scholarships, graduate school applications, and job opportunities after graduation.

Contact Christina McIntyre (Director of Professional Development, National and International Scholarships) via e-mail at cmcintyre@vt.edu for any questions or concerns about the opportunities below.


Honors Professional Development Canvas Course

Work at your own pace to complete assignments that provide access to formal and informal professional development learning opportunities. Topics include but are not limited to: resume/CV support, networking, national and international scholarship guidance, career exploration and preparation, and interview skills. Assignments are worth points that add up to honors credit.

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The Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM) Mentor Program

As we know, preparing for medical school applications and the admissions process can be overwhelming. To help students feel prepared and at ease during the process, the Honors College has partnered with the VTCSOM in Roanoke to begin a mentor program for Honors students.

A med student works with children on a demonstration

The VTC-VT mentorship program is designed to foster a relationship between college sophomores, juniors, and seniors with current allopathic (M.D.) medical students enrolled at VTCSOM. This program gives Honors students the opportunity to discuss any questions or concerns they have about things such as pre-medical prerequisites, the MCAT, medical school requirements, and the application/admissions process. They will have personal contact with and guidance from a current medical student who has gone through this process themselves. Applications will open later this Fall; Check this page for any updates!

The Deloitte Mentor Program

The Deloitte Mentor Program offers a personal mentorship experience for VT Honors Students tailored to each student's professional development and personal growth goals. Applications will open later this Fall; Check this page for updates. Honors students who choose to participate in the program will receive a number of important benefits:

  • Exclusive access to networking opportunities with Deloitte Practitioners from Audit, Consulting, Tax, and Advisory backgrounds
  • Access to a semester-long personal mentor that will help you set, track, and achieve academic and/or professional goals
  • Customized, one-on-one discussions and group panel opportunities to help promote your personal and professional development
  • Personal support and guidance on resume creation, interview etiquette, working styles, and goal-specific learning areas

“I loved participating in the Deloitte/VT honors College Mentorship Program! My awesome mentor reviewed my resume, helped me set semester goals, and offered to answer any questions I might have about Deloitte in the future, which will be helpful for my internship with them next summer.”

Willow Pedersen  |  Class of 2020, Accounting & BIT

Veterinary Scholars in the Honors College

The Veterinary Scholars in the Honors College Program is for Virginia Tech Honors College students who wish to obtain a DVM from the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine (Va-Md Vet Med). The Veterinary Scholars Program is not associated with any special scholarships and is designed to allow Honors College students making consistent progress toward the completion of an honors diploma to become eligible to interview for early admission to the DVM program.

A veterinarian shows a student an exam on a dog

Veterinary Scholars receive regular mentoring by students and faculty from Va-Md Vet Med. Veterinary Scholars are guaranteed to advance to the interview step in the process of admission to the Va-Md Vet Med DVM program. Apply before September 23, 2020.

Eligibility and Selection

Virginia Tech Honors College students who wish to obtain a DVM from Va-Md Vet Med will notify the Honors College of their interest in becoming a Veterinary Scholar using this form. Students are no longer eligible to become Veterinary Scholars in the Honors College in the semester they apply to Va-Md Vet Med. The Honors College will conduct a fall and spring process. Fall notification is due on the last business day in October and spring notification is due on the last business day in March to 116 Hillcrest Hall. Select Veterinary Scholars will be notified by Va-Md Vet Med. Only students in the GPA Flex Period will be named Veterinary Scholars in the Honors College.

Veterinary Scholars receive mentoring from both faculty and current VMCVM students.

Faculty mentoring takes the form of individual meetings at least once per year and includes advice on success in the vet school interview process, information on the variety of career options available to DVMs, and guidance on ways to strengthen the vet school application.

Veterinary Scholars in the Honors College Program 2

Student mentoring takes the form of group meetings at least once per semester. Scholars are offered the opportunity to attend a class with their student mentors at least once and student mentors are available for informal small group meetings or one on one meetings.

In addition to Honors College requirements, Veterinary Scholars must also:

  • Complete the prerequisite courses required by Va-Md Vet Med before matriculating to the DVM program, with grades of C or better in these courses.

  • Fulfill Virginia Tech’s General Education requirements (or equivalent).

    All students must apply to Va-Md Vet Med through the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS). In the event that a student does not meet the requirements to be a Veterinary Scholar in the Honors College, the offer of a guaranteed interview is void; however, the student may still apply through VMCAS for the regular application process. Students must apply for admission to Va-Md Vet Med prior to the application deadline for their desired year of admission.

Service Without Borders

Service Without Borders (SWB) is a transdisciplinary, student-led organization whose mission is to share the spirit of Virginia Tech’s motto, Ut Prosim, locally and globally by providing assistance to communities in need. SWB projects engage in real-world design, project management, construction, marketing, fundraising, and cultural experiences. SWB focuses on projects in three regions: Nepal, Tanzania, and our local community.

Service without Borders

Locally, we participate in service such as the Lunch Buddies Program, food drives, and Habitat for Humanity. In Tanzania, we built and are continuing to expand a primary school in an area where a large portion of the community is illiterate. The education that the school offers can help protect girls from child marriage. In Nepal, we are working on a long-term project of rehabilitating an irrigation canal.

National Scholarship Opportunities

Do you feel like your professional career is still in the distant future? Professional development can also increase your competitiveness for national scholarships. National scholarships not only provide a financial incentive to support your undergraduate education, but they also set you apart from the crowd after college when applying for graduate schools or jobs. Check out our national scholarship opportunities to see which might be the best fit for you!

Opportunities with Affiliated Honors Organizations

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The Virginias Collegiate Honors Council (VCHC), joins universities, colleges, and community colleges throughout Virginia and West Virginia to support and enhance programs and activities to meet the needs of exceptionally talented and motivated students. 

Awards & Scholarships
Honors Scholar of the Year
Emerging Scholar of the Year

Presentation opportunities
The VCHC spring conference is a forum for Honors students from Virginia and West Virginia institutions to present their scholarly work publicly and to network with other Honors students.

The Southern Regional Honors Council (SRHC) promotes and advances honors programs and colleges in the Southern United States.

Funding
SRHC provides student stipends of varying amounts up to $700 to offset the cost of attending any NCHC-sponsored experiential program (Partners in the Parks, NCHC Semesters, NCHC Winterims, etc.).

Publishing opportunities
Sanctuary Journal
http://sanctuaryjournal.com/

Presentation opportunities
SRHC annual spring conferences provide an outstanding opportunity for students to interact with honors students from institutions across the Southeast.

The National Collegiate Honors Council (NCHC) is a unique educational organization designed to support and promote undergraduate honors education. Students have access to honors scholarships and exclusive events through NCHC and its members.

Awards & Scholarships
https://www.nchchonors.org/students/awards-scholarships

Publishing opportunities
UReCA Journal
http://www.nchc-ureca.com
There are opportunities for students to serve on a national editorial board for UReCA.

Partners in the Parks
https://www.nchchonors.org/events/partners-in-the-parks

Presentation opportunities
Annually late October/early November
https://www.nchchonors.org/events

Student leadership
Board of Directors student positions
https://www.nchchonors.org/about-nchc/board-of-directors