Valley Scholars Engagement Fellow

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Joshua Stick

Josh is excited to serve as a mentor and leader in his community this year as the Valley Scholars Engagement Fellow. He is from Salem and received a BA in Political Science and BS in Economics from JMU in 2018. As an undergraduate student, he served as a Student Educator with Ethical Reasoning in Action and as a proud member of Phi Sigma Pi National Honor Fraternity.

Josh has joined a team that is focused on mentoring and guiding young leaders and scholars in the Shenandoah Valley who have the goal of one day becoming JMU Dukes and on providing access to higher education for First Generation College Students. As the Valley Engagement Scholars Fellow, Josh will spend half of the time working on administrative tasks, such as planning programs, working with data, and writing reports for the Valley Scholars program. The other half of his time will be spent being an academic coach and mentor for high school students in Page County. He says that he is “really excited to interact with younger high school students. It took awhile for me to find academic passions in high school, so hopefully I can share in their experience as they explore new topics.”


The Position:

Each day is a little different for the Valley Scholars fellow. Two days per week Josh is in the office helping plan programs for Valley Scholars students, updating reports, and doing other administrative tasks. The other days of the week are spent primarily at partner schools throughout the region, either mentoring 8th grade students or serving as an academic coach for 9th through 12th grade students.

For partner schools, the fellow will prepare a brief lesson about extracurricular skills, check grades, and help with homework.  The fellow is responsible for managing approximately 25 middle and high school students. Being able to accommodate each student's changing needs with equal diligence is paramount. The fellow will also assist with various service and activity days for the scholars hosted at JMU. The fellow also assists with the continued assessment of the program for efficacy and impact.


The Valley Scholars Engagement Fellow must:

  • Have event planning skills.
  • Be patient, flexible, and positive.
  • Serve as a role model for their students and other students within the program.
  • Demonstrate our University's values and mission.
  • Be comfortable working with and mentoring middle-high school students.

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