Inaugural ScholarCon to Take Place in July
College Students, Facing Tough Job Market, to Gather for Inaugural ‘ScholarCon’ Event to Focus on Maximizing Their Skills
Best and Brightest College Students to Receive One-On-One Guidance and Advice from Well-Known Names
WASHINGTON, D.C.—July 10, 2014—The Class of 2014 is the sixth consecutive college graduating class that has entered a weak labor market and those who are following in their footsteps want to ensure they have every advantage they can find.
That’s why more than 1,000 of the nation’s highest achieving students will be gathering at the inaugural ScholarCon™ event. ScholarCon is the “unconventional convention” that focuses on career readiness and leadership development through targeted and interactive engagement to help high achievers maximize their skills.
ScholarCon’s Career BootCamp™ has three components that are designed to maximize attendees’ readiness for the job search: Resume Learning Lab, Interview Learning Lab and the Personal Branding Learning Lab.
In addition to these instructive workshops, attendees will have countless opportunities to network with their peers as well as industry professionals so they can put the skills they learn into practice. Designated attendees will also benefit from additional time with main stage speakers like John Legend and Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield in small group settings to further foster engagement.
Florida schools will be heavily represented by large groups of students attending from Florida International University, University of Central Florida and Hillsborough Community College, among many others.
Confirmed speakers at ScholarCon on Sat., July 26 include:
- John Legend, Grammy award-winning singer and humanitarian, 5–6 p.m.
- Jerry Greenfield, co-founder, Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, 1:30–2:00 p.m.
- Russell Romanella, director of safety and mission assurance, NASA, 11:30 a.m –12:30 p.m.
- Eric Kuhn, Hollywood’s first social media agent, 10–11 a.m.
Several honor societies including The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), Kappa Omicron Nu (KON) and Alpha Sigma Nu (ASN) are collaborating to host the nonprofit ScholarCon event. They have invited thousands of high achievers representing a number of honor societies and honors organizations to attend this innovative experience.
One special NSCS member in attendance will be 16-year-old Grace Bush, who made headlines earlier this year when she graduated from college before high school because of her dedication to academic studies. Bush will also serve as a speaker during the event.
The University of Phoenix’s NSCS chapter will host a unique honor society induction ceremony for more than 150 students from across the country on Thurs., July 24 at ScholarCon.
ScholarCon will include a Society Summit day where members will learn about how to become more active on their college campus and with their national honors organization. The event will also include participation from prospective employers.
In addition, attendees will give back through community service with local organizations in the greater Orlando area such as Give Kids the World, which supports children with life threatening illnesses.
Registration details are available at: http://scholarcon.eventbrite.com/. A video with highlights may be viewed at: http://youtu.be/Nd913Nw7dAk. ScholarCon will take place at the Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Fla.
“This new initiative will offer KON members engagement with other high achievers and a program that will inspire leadership, creativity and promote collaboration,” says Dorothy I. Mitstifer, executive director, Kappa Omicron Nu Honor Society. Mitstifer also serves as executive director of the Association of College Honor Societies.
“Now more than ever, young people who have reached the highest levels success in both academic and community service in college really need a place to join together. Often times, the honors organizations to which these scholars belong simply do not have the resources to put on an experience of this magnitude by themselves. So the opportunity for a number of prestigious honor societies to jointly host an event that benefits members is really valuable,” says Steve Loflin, founder and CEO, The National Society of Collegiate Scholars, which was the first honor society to commit to ScholarCon. Loflin is the past president of the Association of College Honor Societies.