Elisabeth Hieber of Fairborn, Ohio, is one of seven current UC freshmen who was awarded a full, four-year $80,000 Cincinnatus award after last year’s competition on campus. The 18-year-old student in the University Honors program for academically talented students is a double major in sociology and political science in the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S).
Hieber says the one thing she noticed as she set foot on campus last fall is that it was considerably larger than the population of her hometown. Fairborn reports a population of 32,052. UC’s student enrollment is at a record 39,667. In addition, UC has 9,698 faculty and staff.
Despite the size, Hieber says the UC experience is very personal. “I felt the advising was very personal—like each advisor wants to get to know each student. I also felt the University Honors Program held incredible support systems to help students achieve their goals. Also, with UC International and cooperative education, there are no limits to what you can do, and I feel like there is always someone there to help us achieve our goals.”
Each scholarship recipient performs 30 hours of community service per academic year. Hieber’s university service commitment includes volunteering as a Girl Scout leader at the Corryville Recreation Center. It’s her first experience with the Girl Scouts—she was never involved in the organization when she was a child. “It’s been pretty fun. It might go into my book of life experiences.”
Speaking of books, one of Hieber’s academic goals through the University Honors Program is to complete a book of poetry. She says she also wants to pursue one of UC’s many undergraduate research opportunities.
“I’ve found that students really need to perfect their time-management skills to explore everything that UC has to offer,” she says, “but I’ve found you don’t have to limit yourself here.”