Emerging Leaders Academic Success Program

ELASP for Transfers Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Insight Session?

  • This is an hour long meeting with about 5-8 other ELASP for Transfers students and either the Program Director of ELASP for Transfers, Whitney Johnson or the Program Coordinator for ELASP, Kaileen O'Hara. In this meeting, they will be asking about your transition as well as helping you with questions or concerns you may have going into your first semester at Bauer.

What should I expect in an individual peer mentor meeting?

  • These meetings are driven by you, the student.  You can expect that your peer mentor will ask you about your goals for the semester, as well as how things are going your first semester. This is also an opportunity to talk about your classes, ask questions about what it is like to be in Bauer, and gain insight on your peer mentor’s experiences in their college career.

Where can I find the volunteer opportunities?

  • After the Ready, Set, Engage Kick-off event, you will receive an email from Kaileen with all the volunteer opportunities for the semester. Also, be sure to check your bi-weekly Newsletter for reminders of any upcoming volunteer opportunities!

Can I volunteer with other organizations on campus and get credit for my ELASP volunteering?

  • No. Volunteering for ELASP must be completed through the opportunities provided by ELASP. We encourage you to get to know your fellow ELASP’ers!  However, we do highly encourage volunteering with other organizations. 

What if I can’t make it to the monthly mentor socials?

  • Please let your peer mentor and Kaileen know as soon as possible if you are not able to make any of the monthly mentor social events that they set for the semester. You are required to attend 2 of the 3 monthly mentor socials for the ELASP Certificate.

When and where are all the ELASP Workshops?

  • You should have received an ELASP Workshop flyer at the Ready, Set, Engage Kick-off event with the Workshop dates, times, and locations for the semester. Misplaced your flyer? Check out the ELASP Website and download another copy. Also, follow our Facebook page for updates and reminders!.

What’s the difference between obtaining the ELASP Certificate and the ELASP Scholarship?

  • The requirements for the ELASP Certificate can be found here.  There are additional requirements that must be fulfilled in order to get the scholarship. The ELASP for Transfers Scholarship is awarded to those who complete the certificate, have earned all of the required points, as well as a 3.5 GPA on 12 credit hours at UH at the end of the respective fall or spring semester.

Can winter-mini or summer class count towards the 12 hours needed for the ELASP scholarship?

  • No, you must be enrolled in at least 12 hours at the University of Houston during your first semester to obtain the ELASP Scholarship.


I’m taking 3 class at UH and 1 at my previous community college.  Can I still get the ELASP Scholarship?

  • No, you must be enrolled in at least 12 hours at the University of Houston during your first semester to obtain the ELASP Scholarship.

Who should I ask if I have questions about my points?

  • We recommend students to keep track of their points and certificate requirements.  However, you can email Kaileen O'Hara at kohara@bauer.uh.edu to find out your current standing for the ELASP Certificate requirements and points.

I think I met all the requirements for the ELASP Certificate and scholarship, when will I receive the scholarship?

  • We won’t be able to know who is eligible for the scholarship until all the grades are posted for that semester. The scholarship is then applied to the following fall or spring semester.

What should I do after being in ELASP during my first semester?

Where can I find more information about what student organizations are available on campus?

What are students saying about being in ELASP for Transfers their first semester?

  • “ELASP is a great program that incoming Bauer students have the privilege to be a part of.  The program was wonderful and it helped me a great deal in reaching my academic aspirations.  Not only did the program help me academically, but I was also introduced to hard-working, kind and intelligent people who shared my goals.  ELASP made all the difference in my transition to Bauer.”
  • “ELASP helped me establish my UH GOA through flexibility and support.”
  • “ELASP helped me transition into Bauer in the sense that I was aware of what Bauer, and also UH, had to offer in order to help me be a successful new student; this included volunteering opportunities, services available like counseling, study labs and meeting people in my field of study who could help me when I needed them.  Overall, ELASP created a sense of belonging, which honestly was a great incentive for me to be an outstanding student and person”