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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 YearSecond 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

  • ​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/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

  • Suprise trips

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:

  • 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.