What is The Success Initiative?
A four-year program
The Success Initiative teaches innovation and creative problem solving through projects based experience. It's a learning community open to students of all majors. Membership begins during your first year at Wofford and continues until graduation.
Current Wofford students may also apply.
We challenge students to not only be outside-of-the-box revolutionary thinkers, but also expert doers. Students in SI develop and implement great ideas or “things” in the form of projects each semester.
Through group meetings, training and one-on-one support, we teach you our approach. Then you will actually DO SOMETHING. This "something" is up to you, but we will advise you in developing and implementing it.
Our approach includes:
- Teaching you to define, develop and complete a project based on your interests, or helping you refine a project you've already begun.
- Helping you learn to think like an entrepreneur by organizing, managing and assuming the risks of your project.
- Developing your ability to see a new opportunity and take advantage of it.
- Instilling skills, such as leadership and design thinking.
Incoming first-year or current students who are admitted into the program receive major scholarship support. The average award amount is $5,000, yearly, renewable for 4 years, so long as the member is in good standing. If you have unique talents, interests and experiences and the drive to learn and succeed, we encourage you to apply for program membership.
Admission is competitive, and the number of students accepted each year varies depending on the quantity and quality of the applications received.
SI member projects often address an issue or problem on campus or in the wider world and outline a possible solution. Your project may be something local
, like starting a concession stand or organizing a new student group, or it may be something a bit more global, like raising funds to help build a medical clinic in Malawi or benefit earthquake victims in Haiti.
Same amount of work as a 3-hour course
The Success Initiative is an academic program, but SI membership and projects do not carry academic credit. The amount of work required is roughly equivalent to taking an extra academic course. Though you'll be heavily involved in this learning community, you'll be expected to perform well in your academic and other pursuits.