Career Services Merit Fellow

Career Services Merit Fellows are distinguished by wearing a black and gold honor cord during the commencement ceremony.


  • A cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher
  • Graduating in within the next academic year

To receive your cord, you must successfully complete the Merit Fellow program:


  • Attend a Merit Fellow Interest Meeting
  • Resume review by a Career Services staff member (you can have your resume reviewed through Resume Review Days, an online resume review, an appointment resume review, or as a requirement of a Career Services Success Program)
  • Create a Bears4Hire powered by Handshake account and upload an updated resume (also located in MyUCA)
  • Complete activities related to the following categories (participating in two on-campus interviews can replace one of the four categories):
    • Career Fairs (fall or spring)
    • Professional Development
    • Dress for Success
    • Success Programs

Two Merit Fellow interest meetings will be held in Fall and Spring to provide more information on the criteria required to become a Career Services Merit Fellow.  Interest meetings will last 30 minutes.  You must attend at least one interest meeting to be eligible for the program. If you cannot attend an interest meeting, please contact Breeanne Carter ( To register as a Career Services Merit Fellow, please complete the registration form at:

The deadline to register is Friday, January 22, 2020

If you have any questions contact the Merit Fellow Coordinator, Breeanne Carter, at or (501) 450-3134.


“I think the Merit Fellow Program is an amazing opportunity for graduating students. It helped me really see what Career Services has to offer me, and I regret not using their resources when I first entered college as a freshman.”

“I really appreciate all that the program does for the students at UCA!”

“The merit class of fall 2017 was super organized and I loved the various options for events because as college students we are involved with many other organizations that require our time as well.”

“I want to say thank you for having me and helping me learn in a job field :)”

“Thank you for this whole process! I feel that going through this has helped me to build my networking skills.”