Below are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding the program:

1. If I don’t graduate during the time period I’m initially sent the email for Merit Fellow, do I still need to register or will I have the opportunity to register when my own graduation comes around?
No. Recruitment for May/August graduates is always in July/August of the previous year and recruitment for December graduates is always in December/January of the previous year, that way you can enter the program within a year’s time to complete the requirements. As long as you still meet the qualifications of credit hours, having a 3.0 or higher, and graduating during the time frame of when your class is recruited, you will receive another invitation to register with your graduating class.

2. How much does it cost to become a Merit Fellow?
Participation is completely FREE – you do not have to pay for the graduation cord.

3. How will I be notified of upcoming events and programs?
You will receive weekly Blackboard emails about upcoming events.  You can also find and register for all of our upcoming Career Services events on our Handshake page.

4. Where can I make a resume review appointment?
You can schedule an appointment with one of our staff members by visiting Handshake and selecting on Career Center, then Appointments on your Handshake account. Or by calling 501-450-3250.

** You must send an updated copy of your resume back to the staff member that reviews it in order for your resume review to be considered complete**

5. Where can I find the online options available for each category?
Our online programs and events are listed below:

  • Merit Fellow Checklist HERE 
  • Handshake: HERE
  • Big Interview Online Mock Interview Practice (assignment code – af02be):  HERE; click here for instructions.
  • Dress for Success Online Module: HERE
  • Step Ahead (Student Worker Training): HERE
  • Countdown to Graduation Online Module: HERE

6. What is the program deadline?
The program deadline will vary depending on your graduation date:
December 2024: November 20th
May & August 2025: April 16th

7. How can I check to see how many activities I have completed?
To check your current Merit Fellow Status, please review your Blackboard grade center.

8. What is the W.O.W. Closet?
The W.O.W. Closet is a place where students can visit and select one free outfit a year to wear to on-campus interviews, career fairs, and even class presentations. The W.O.W. Closet is open Monday-Thursday 12:00 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. More information about our W.O.W. Closet can be found at this link:  W.O.W. Closet Information.

9. How do I access my Merit Fellow records?
Each registered student will have access to the Merit Fellow Blackboard organization. Contact Denicha Kemp at denichak@uca.edu if you have further questions about this.