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Deaton Scholars Program

The Deaton Scholars Program (DSP) is a flagship peer mentorship initiative.

The objective of the DSP is to strategically match bright, development-focused students at the University of Missouri to improve directed student engagement; professional development; civic and community life; and academic excellence. 

The core values of DSP will be framed around socio-cultural and transdisciplinary domains. Matches must have a developmental focus, rather than an instructive or prescriptive approach.

The program’s specific outcomes:

  1.  Increase scholar’s aptitude for future public service leadership positions in domains that span international development, global food security, elimination of extreme poverty, health and nutrition, higher education, and non-profit management.
  2.  Grow a distinguished cohort of Deaton Scholars.

What Is The DSP? DSP pairs selected students based on basic eligibility criteria, to serve as positive role models and protégés. Both mentor and protégé are referred to as Deaton Scholars and would be selected through a  competitive process. Overtime, meaningful and harmonized interactions between students can improve academic motivation, professional development, and community involvement. The DSP will also strengthen and sustain  students in meeting personal, scholastic, and professional goals. 

What Is Peer-Mentoring? Mentoring consists of focused and selected activities that seek to enhance and enrich student’s opportunities to successfully persist at the University of Missouri-Columbia through goal attainment and  graduation. Mentoring activities link students with a concerned and capable mentor who will listen, understand, negotiate, and encourage students to utilize all resources available to achieve an outlined set of mentorship objectives. Protégés and mentors will get tailor-made growth opportunities to include 'stretch tasks' that require the protégé to develop new skills or hone existing ones.

Who Should Get Involved? The DSP is highly recommended for all students i.e. undergraduate and graduate, international and domestic; who are genuinely interested in improving their aptitude for a future in public service leadership positions in domains that span international development, global food security, elimination of extreme poverty, health and nutrition, higher education, and non-profit management. The program is designed for participants to creatively self-direct the process of mentorship after parings have been established.

Who Is a Mentor? Mentors are experienced students who volunteer to assist in the DSP because of their genuine interest in the educational and personal advancement of fellow students. They function as coaches, friends, and most of all, as positive role models.

Benefits to Mentors

  • To share one's knowledge and experiences.
  • To enhance self-esteem and competencies.
  • To support younger students with similar interests in development
  • To meet educational, leadership, professional and scholarship goals.
  • To gain recognition for service to the protégés and the University
  • To enjoy the feeling of being useful and supportive.
  • Increase cross-cultural understanding.
  • A meaningful resume entry and certificate of participation.

Deadlines are in August each year. Learn more and apply here

This program is sponsored by the Brady and Anne Deaton Institute for University Leadership in International Development.