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Keyes-Barber-Benedict (KBB) Scholars Program

The Olivet College Women’s Leadership Institute (OCWLI) is pleased to present the Keyes-Barber-Benedict Scholars Program as a focal point of deep engagement for a select group of student leaders at Olivet College. The KBB Scholars Program is open to individuals of all genders, gender identities, gender nonconforming identities and backgrounds.

This unique and comprehensive leadership program seeks to energize, engage and unite students and mentors as they create a clear and compelling path to a successful and fulfilling future as tomorrow’s leaders. The Keyes-Barber-Benedict Scholars Program is designed to deeply connect these scholars with their academic, career and civic passions and prepare them to be exceptional citizens and employees or graduate/professional students upon graduation.

The Courage to Rise Above

In the spirit of our first three graduates as the women who came before them, today’s Keyes-Barber-Benedict Scholars learn to embrace their unique qualities and develop the confidence and courage to rise above the rest to become confident, influential and successful citizens who boldly seek and achieve their dreams.

Gain Extensive Experience

Throughout their four years of study, Keyes-Barber-Benedict Scholars will amass an extensive body of knowledge and experiences that will benefit them throughout their studies as well in their post graduate endeavors. They will gain a greater sense of self, develop leadership skills and self-confidence, and build their capacity to face down fears, persevere and succeed. They will be inspired to become the leaders every organization seeks and every employer wants.

Through valuable practices that involve mentorship, foster soft-skill development, and encourage collaboration, KBB scholars will connect their major and career field with their personal passions to facilitate the changes they want to see in their lives, communities and the world.

Becoming a Keyes-Barber-Benedict Scholar at Olivet College

The Keyes-Barber-Benedict (KBB) Scholars Program is open to all incoming freshmen and transfer students with an incoming GPA of a  3.0 or higher. The KBB Scholars Program is open to individuals of all genders, gender identities and gender nonconforming identities. All students interested in developing leadership skills will benefit from the KBB Scholars Program regardless of background or gender, particularly those with an interest in advancing women in leadership roles. In addition to completing their Olivet College application, students are asked to complete a secondary KBB application. KBB Scholar candidates will then be contacted by the Women’s Leadership Institute Coordinator, Jamilia Johnson, regarding their application. Scholarships for program participants are available through the Olivet College Talent and Participatory Scholarship program.