Mount Leadership Society Scholars

Named after Ruth Weimer Mount, the Mount Leadership Society focuses on students committed to leadership and community service. 

Our mission is to foster in our students an ethic of service and to develop leaders for a diverse society.  We carry out this mission through a series of educational, social, and academic events and activities. Hosted by the Office of Student Life, Mount is a two year scholars program. Once you complete the program, you have the opportunity to continue your involvement as a Post Mount (third and fourth year Mount Scholar) Post Mounts stay involved until graduation and beyond. No wonder our motto is: Together for Good!​

First Year
  • Launch Week
  • Mount Seminar Course fall semester
  • Mini-Mega program
  • Fall Retreat
  • Monthly service projects
  • Opportunity to intera​ct with faculty, staff, and Mount alumni
  • Leadership Month
  • Washington DC trip
  • Mount Legacy Week
Second Year
  • Focus on Citizenship
  • Committee Chairs
  • Year of Service
  • 2nd year socials
  • ES: HESA 2571 Leadership in Service class
  • ES: HESA 2577 Diversity and Social Justice in Leadership class
  • Legacy Retreat
  • Celebration Ceremony
Third and Fourth Years (Post Mounts)
  • Serve as advisors to first year groups
  • Career panels with Mount alums
  • Senior Send-Off
  • Giving back to the younger Mount Scholars
  • Post Mount Board
  • Surprise trips
Expectations and Benefits

Mount Scholars are asked to make a commitment. As a Mount Scholar, you will be expected to:

  • Participate in all Mount activities
  • Fully contribute to Mount Legacy Week
  • Successfully complete the Mount Seminar class
  • Volunteer 75 hours or more with your Year of Service
  • Take 2nd year leadership in community course
  • Uphold the five Mount Essentials
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Uphold Mount's reputation on campus
  • Remember the two areas that the Mount Leadership Society is known for – Leadership and Service
  • Make the most out of your Mount experience!

Benefits of being a Mount Scholar include:

  • Living and learning with peers who have similar interest
  • College level priority scheduling
  • Three classes designed just for Mount Scholars
  • Specialized program and contacts with faculty and staff at OSU
  • Unique focus on leadership and service learning
  • Scholarships available just for select Mount Scholars
  • Being part of something great
  • Honor of carrying out Ruth Mount's legacy

Involvement in Mount takes about 10-15 hours/month.  That certainly gives you plenty of time to join other student organizations, hold a part-time job, play sports, etc. Mount Scholars are typically very involved students. We work to help you best manage your time as a busy college student.

What We Stand For

What does it mean to be a good leader? What does it mean to have an ethic of service? Mount Scholars support Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and work towards social change. We adhere to five competencies, drawn from Ruth Weimer Mount’s personal talents and gifts, that are essential to being a leader of quality. These five Mount Essentials make up the foundation of the Mount Leadership Society.

  • Honor of Integrity
  • Being Prepared and Following Through
  • Creating and Nurturing Relationships
  • Valuing Individuals
  • Willingness to Teach Others

Due to generous donations from friends of the program and former students of Ruth Weimer Mount, the Mount Leadership Society is able to award scholarships and grants to a limited number of Scholars. These scholarships include:

  • Reginald Morse Scholarship for Mount Scholars in the College of Engineering
  • Richard D. Johnson Leadership Scholarship recognizing Mount Scholars who have excelled in leadership and been inducted into a junior or senior class honorary
  • James F. and Barbara Young Sipp Scholarship for a Mount Scholar who best emulates the Mount Essentials
  • Jamie Kelleher Scholarship for Mount Scholars studying in the health science fields.
  • Peggy O'Brien Kratzer Memorial Scholarship, a need based scholarship for an incoming Mount Scholar.

Unless otherwise noted, scholarships are awarded to 2nd year Mount Scholars completing the program.



Discover the steps to apply for this program.

Application Info


​For more information regarding the Mount Leadership Society Scholars program, contact the program coordinator, Kathy Krajnak at​ or at 614-292-5768​.


First year Mount Scholars take a one credit hour Mount Seminar course fall semester. Taught by the program coordinator, the course focuses on leadership styles, strengths, social change, diversity, and decision making. The class meets weekly in the fall.

Leadership Classes

Second year Mount Scholars take one of two classes:  ES HESA 2571 (Leadership in Community Service) or ES HESA 2571 (Diversity and Social Justice in Leadership). Both classes are three credit hours.

Clustered Courses

In addition, many Mount Scholars choose to "self-cluster" themselves in General Education courses by simply scheduling the same classes at the same time.

Finally, scholars receive college level priority scheduling which allows them to schedule classes at the beginning of their rank. 


We welcome students from all majors in our program (a variety of majors makes Mount even better!). ​


Events and Activities

Mount is strong in tradition. From our Launch Week program to our end of the year Celebration Ceremony, Mount has many intentional activities and events. While we focus on leadership and in-depth community service, you also get to connect with prominent OSU faculty, staff, and alums, learn about yourself, and engage with social change agencies. 

The series of Mount events and activities combine to build your skills, empower your sense of commitment, and prepare you for the future. Know that as a Mount Scholar, you get to be part of something great. Be sure to take full advantage of all that Mount has to offer.​ We pride ourselves in wanting to make a difference and taking action.


Leadership​ Training - ​First year Mount Scholars gather together on Monday nights two or three times a month for leadership training workshops. These workshops cover a wide range of topics, including diversity, ethics, public speaking and goal setting. Second year Mount Scholars meet on Wednesday nights and focus on citizenship and social change Again, guest speakers and dynamic activities are the norm.

Leadership Month - In the fall, Mount Scholars attend the Mount Summit, a student planned leadership conference on the Social Change Model of Leadership. In addition, students sign up to share a meal with university leaders, faculty and staff to discuss social change


Monthly Service Projects - First year Mount Scholars volunteer on a monthly basis to benefit the campus and Columbus area. Some of our projects include:

  • Cleaning up banks of the Olentangy River
  • Making clay bowls to benefit the Mid-Ohio Food Collective as part of the Empty Bowls Project
  • Packing buddy boxes with Family Mentor Foundation

Mount Legacy Week - Mount Legacy Week is held in February. Each Mount Scholar joins a service team focused on a social justice issue, i.e., abuse, education, environment, global, health, and poverty. The goal of each team is to design and implement three service projects benefiting the community, incorporating the Mount Essentials, and honoring the legacy of Ruth Weimer Mount. Past Projects include:

  • Hosting an activity day with children from Ethiopian Tewahado Social Services
  • Assembling gift baskets of cleaning supplies for CHOICES
  • Working alongsilde FLOW to clean up local areas of the Olentagny River

Year of Service - Second years focus on citizenship and what it means to be a good citizen. Scholars devote their year to serving their community, spending a minimum of 75 hours working with a service agency of their choosing, centered on a specific social justice issue. Example Year of Service Projects:

  • Serving as a Best Buddy for a challenged younger student
  • Building houses with Habitat for Humanity
  • Tutoring at a local library help center

Leadership Retreats - Both first and second year Scholars attend leadership retreats in southeastern Ohio. Held in the fall, the retreat for first year Mount Scholars is a great chance for new students to learn about decision making skills, diversity, problem solving, teamwork and more. The second year retreat is held in the spring and asks Mount Scholars to reflect on their accomplishments and the legacy they wish to leave behind.

Washington DC - Each year, a group of first year Mount Scholars travel to Washington DC over spring break to learn about leadership behind the scenes in our nation's capital. Past trips have included:

  • Shadowing Congressional offices
  • In-depth tour of the Pentagon
  • Sitting in on a Congressional Committee meeting with your Representative
  • Networking with Mount Alums in the DC area
Other Events and Activities

In addition to leadership and service experiences, Mount Scholars have a lot of fun at organized and informal social events. Past events include:

  • Fall "welcome back" picnic
  • Softball, volleyball, and basketball intramurals
  • Mount Gala (formal event in February)
  • Friday Night "Friend-zy"
  • Bowen Brunches
  • Chili Cook-off
  • And more



Each Scholars Program features a first-year residential community that provides students with a peer-network of high-ability students with similar interests. First-year Mount Leadership Society Scholars students are given priority to live together in Bowen House.** Commuters are welcome to be a part of our Scholars programs.

**Please note that space in the prescribed residence halls is not guaranteed and students can be placed in other accommodations due to program demand if necessary.

We Value Diversity

Ruth Weimer Mount believed in creating and nurturing relationships, and that everyone is valued. This truism is carried out in what we say and do. Mount Scholars come from all different backgrounds; we believe that diversity is more than "how we look." Diversity encompasses our cultures, our beliefs, our ethnicities, who we love and what we value. Mount Scholars care about one another. We look out for each other, support each other, celebrate with each other and challenge each other. 

Everyone is welcome in the Mount Leadership Society.​


Mount Launch Week - First year Mount Scholars arrive on campus three days before other students. During this time, Mount Scholars experience an intensive teambuilding program, Mount Launch Week.  

Mini-Mega Program - First year Mount Scholars are individually paired with upper-level students to help with their transition from high school to college.  The megas (upper-level students) answer questions, provide advice, and show the mini's (first years) their classrooms during launch week.


Committees play a major role in the working of the Mount Leadership Society. Committees, chaired by upper-class Mount Scholars, begin in September. Joining a committee is optional. Committees include:

  • Advancement and Alumni Relations
  • Leadership and Social Change
  • Media and Archives
  • Recruitment, Outreach, and Welcome
  • Service
  • Summit Corps
  • Post Mount Board


Honoring Ruth Weimer Mount

Ruth Weimer Mount

The Mount Leadership Society Scholars Program is named in honor of the late Ruth Weimer Mount. Ruth joined Ohio State as the Assistant Dean of Women in 1953. Later after holding other numerous positions she was named the first Dean of Students in 1968. During her career, Ruth also served as President of National Mortar Board Inc., the Association of College Honor Societies, and the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators and Counselors.

After stepping down as Dean, Ruth continued her work in various volunteer roles for Ohio State and the community, including involvement with the OSU Hospitals Service and Executive Boards, the Alumni Association, the University’s Women’s Clubs, Planned Parenthood, Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and Franklin County Children’s Services. Of Ruth’s life and legacy, one friend said, “Ruth Weimer Mount was the consummate volunteer. All that she did was directed at improving the quality of life for others, particularly young people.” Another stated, “Ruth Mount was a unique mentor. Her guidance, grace, and leadership will serve as an example for the rest of my life.”

After Ruth’s death in 1997, the university wanted to honor her extraordinary commitment to leadership and service. While many options were considered, the university decided it would be most fitting to create a living, learning community of students to carry on her legacy of leadership and service. The Mount Leadership Society is an appropriate and fitting tribute to a woman who dedicated herself to The Ohio State University, public service, and student development throughout her extraordinary life and career.

The Mount Leadership Society was piloted with 52 students in the first class of 1999. Students were selected based on their interest in leadership and service. They were paired with a university mentor, engaged in service projects, and enhanced their leadership skills.