St. Louis, Missouri
History, Leadership Studies


Music (violin), swimming, reading, writing

About Me

What you don't know about Oliver Hill

March 6, 2013

The University of Richmond offers SO many programs to enrich the learning and community environment of it's students. Unfortunately, many of these programs go unrecognized by both UR students and the general public. My goal for this post is to highlight what I believe to be one of the most beneficial yet under- recognized opportunities that the University of Richmond offers. So, without further ado, I present...the Oliver Hill Scholars program!

Just some classy Oliver Hill Scholars hanging out with Marvel's Spiderman

The Oliver Hill Scholars program is an additional opportunity offered for students who are already scholars. This means that students accepted as Oldham, Boatwright, Science, and Artist scholars can apply for this scholarship program and interview during their visit in the Spring of their Senior year. So, while this post is for everybody to gain a little insight into the many programs the University crafts for its students' needs, this post is intended for potential scholars (who I'm pretty sure have found out if they've been accepted by now!)

If you are a potential scholar- Let me start by saying congratulations! I know I was ecstatic when I found out that I got the Oldham designation. Hopefully you all are equally excited and can't wait for your visit in the spring. If you are like me, you probably spent a few days reveling in your success before stalking the University webpage for all its worth. Hopefully during your search you realized that you have the opportunity to apply for ANOTHER scholarship program: Oliver Hill. 

If you look on the webpage, the information concerning the Oliver Hill Scholar program is a little vague. To be honest with you, I didn't really understand what it was about until the informational meeting offered during the scholar weekend. One major misconception that follows the Oliver Hill program is that it is ONLY for African-American students. This is wrong. The Oliver Hill Scholar program is open to all-students who are interested in multiculturalism. Currently, several races, cultures and backgrounds are represented in the program and increased diversity will only continue to help the program thrive. 

The Oliver Hill program (now abbreviated OH) is created not only to build a community among scholars but to help individuals take advantage of the many opportunities U of R offers as well as becoming a leader in the community. Through speakers, group activities, volunteer projects and student-led-seminars OH scholars explore topics from on-campus nutrition to the Civil Rights movement and everything in between.

Just this year alone, we have done a ropes course, helped to plant fruits and vegetables in an area of Richmond deprived of fresh produce, watched a new documentary (not yet released to the public) chronicling the untold tales of the Civil Rights movement through the "ordinary" people who played a role, and took a weekend trip to New York. 

If this isn't enough to get you interested, OH scholars also have the opportunity to participate in a Mentor Network. As a part of this group, members are not only paired with a "virtual" network in their field of interest that they communicate with over email, phone, etc. but also get to attend three other network meetings. At these meetings, students are separated by their field of interest and get to discuss with professionals in that field (usually 2 or 3 per meeting). By meeting and connecting with so many professionals, students in the Mentor Network have an advantage when looking for internships and jobs. 

As just one more "extra perk", Oliver Hill Scholars are given $1000 a year to help with school expenses (books!)  and a one time stipend of $3000 (to be used for research, study abroad,etc.) 

I can personally say that I have truly enjoyed being a part of Oliver Hill this year. The group of people I am surrounded by is wonderful and I have made so many friends. A few weeks ago we took a trip to NYC just for cultural experience and group bonding. In NY, we ate amazing food together, visited museums, and even watched the Spiderman show on Broadway. 

Hopefully you now have a better understanding of what it means to be an Oliver Hill. If you are a potential scholar, please come to the informational meeting in the spring. Not only will you get to see me (but really, what more could you want!) but you also get to hear from all the other lovely people in the program. For more info, take a look at the website as well as the resources it provides.

Hi, I'm Rebecca. I'm from Saint Louis but haven't lived there my whole life. In fact, I've actually moved thirteen times! I'm the oldest of eight kids which is pretty atypical nowadays. So, in case you were curious about what its like to live with so many small children, I made you a list.

9 ways you know you have a big family:

1. Doing laundry is definitely an all day affair

2. Buying a cow seems like an economical alternative to buying milk

3. You have two refrigerators AND two freezers

4. You refer to your family's twelve passenger van as "hot wheels"

5. You drive your siblings to a violin lesson and people think the orchestra has arrvied

6. Food just seems to disappear 

7. You see a "normal" sized family and wonder how they keep from feeling lonely

8. The number of shoes in your house rivals Imelda Marcos

9. Your family picture takes up the entire wall

Other interesting things about me? I'm planning on majoring in history and possibly leadership studies. I'm a Richmond Scholar so feel free to ask me about that. I love traveling and can't wait to spend a semester or year abroad. I play the violin and have for about ten years. Reading is one of my favorite pastimes. My new favorite TV show is Vampire Diaries (don't hate me, I'm sorry!) I hope you enjoy my posts!

Why UR?

Why UR? Well, it was the small class sizes, School of Leadership Studies, reputation of good academics, and sheer curiosity that made me apply. But, seeing the dedicated faculty, sitting in a fascinating class discussion, and meeting so many friendly people was what made me commit.