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!
Every component of the program has been designed with you in mind. This is what you'll get to experience:
|First Year||Second Year|
Mount Seminar Course fall semester
Monthly service projects
Opportunity to interact with faculty, staff, and Mount alumni
Washington DC trip
Mount Legacy Week
Third/Fourth Years (Post Mounts)
Serve as advisors to first year groups
Career panels with Mount alums
Giving back to the younger Mount Scholars
Post Mount Board
Honoring 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. After holding other numerous positions, she was named the first Dean of Students in 1968. During her career, Ruth also served as President of three national organizations: National Mortar Board Inc., the Association of College Honor Societies, and the National Association of Women Deans, Administrators and Counselors.
Read more about Ruth Weimer Mount and the history of Mount Leadership Society Scholars
Expectations and Benefits
Mount Scholars are asked to make a commitment. As a Mount Scholar, you will be expected to:
Benefits of being a Mount Scholar include:
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!
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
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.