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Independent Scholars Network

Program Details

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Mission, Vision, and Values


The Wright State University Independent Scholars Network exists to provide resources and services which enhance the academic and social-cultural experiences of a student who emancipates from foster care into higher education.


Wright State University will be known as a national model for transforming the lives of Independent Scholars as they prepare to participate in and engage with diverse and global communities around the world.


  • We value students and will carefully identify services and support to match individual needs.
  • We value achievement and recognize that students are unique and will rise to meet and exceed standards of excellence on an individual basis.
  • We value engaging students at every level of their higher education academic experience.

Independent Scholars Network brochure (PDF)

Levels of Assistance


Year 1: Moving In & Learning The Ropes

  • Coaching¬†
  • Mentoring
  • Transition Plan

During your first year at Wright State University, you will be assigned a coach who will be a support person to talk to you about your goals, provide information, help you develop skills necessary for independence and academic success, celebrate your achievements, talk you through your challenges, and guide you on your path to college completion.  Our program will help you become more acclimated to the campus environment and provide you with resources you need to be successful in your college career.

We work with the following departments and off-campus partners to make sure you have a successful and meaningful transition into college. We also offer support to help you develop the skills you need to gain employment on- and off campus to prepare for your future endeavors!

  • Academic Advising
  • Admissions
  • Disability Services
  • Career Services
  • Counseling & Wellness
  • Raider Connect (Financial Aid)
  • Residence Life and Housing
  • Student Success Center (Academic Support Services)
  • Case Workers & Independent Living Coordinators
  • Bridges Coaches

Year 2: Finding Your Place

  • Determining Your Major
  • Where to Live?
  • Social Connections

Now that you have a grasp of different aspects within campus life, we will then be able to assist you in obtaining leadership and ambassadorship roles within and around Wright State. Throughout your own experience and engaging in service learning, you will be able to start building bridges with different networking groups within and around the community. This is also a time we can help you start exploring International Study Abroad opportunities.


Year 3: Finding Yourself 

  • Campus Leadership
  • Internships
  • Study Abroad

After finding out where you fit in on campus, we will assist in connecting you with the right personnel to understand more about potential opportunities in areas that interest you professionally. We will work with you one-on-one to help you decide on a plan of action that is right for you, whether that includes internships, study abroad, or professional opportunities locally. We also encourage upperclass students to serve as peer ambassadors for first year students.


Year 4: Moving On!

  • Job Search & Career
  • Graduate School

Looking above and beyond, now is the time where our program will help you prepare for continuing education such as applying for Graduate School, internships, and practicum experiences to take your knowledge and skill set out into the real world. You are advancing outward into creating the pathway and vision to your future. Now is the time we will help you prepare for:

  • Professional Resume Building
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Preparations for Graduate School
  • Planning for Admission Testing (GRE-MCAT-MAT-LSAT)

We will also advise you on the differences between gaining employment and establishing a career. You will be ready to put yourself out in the professional world and find a place from which to grow and achieve.