olivet college has been committed to inclusion and diversity for over 175 years, educating and advancing women leaders since the college’s founding. as a testament to this commitment, the first graduating class was comprised of three women — sophia keyes, mary barber and sara benedict. in honor of these women, olivet college has established the women’s leadership institute keyes-barber-benedict (kbb) scholars program, a focal point of deep learning and engagement for a select group of women on campus.
the courage to lead
this unique and comprehensive leadership program seeks to engage and unite women students and mentors as they create a clear path to a successful and fulfilling future as tomorrow’s leaders. the keyes-barber-benedict scholars program is designed to deeply connect scholars with their academic, career and civic passions and prepare them to be exceptional citizens and employees or graduate/professional students upon graduation. in the spirit of our first three graduates, kbb scholars learn to embrace their unique qualities and develop the confidence and courage to become influential and successful women who boldly seek and achieve their goals.
gain extensive experience
throughout their time at olivet, kbb scholars will collect an extensive body of knowledge and experience that will benefit them throughout their studies and postgraduation endeavors. they will gain a greater sense of self, develop leadership skills and self-confidence and build their capacity to face fears, persevere and succeed. they will be inspired to become the leaders every organization seeks and every employer desire.
keyes-barber-benedict scholars have the opportunity to:
- earn a keyes-barber-benedict scholarship (amount varies).
- network and create long-lasting relationships with prominent women leaders.
- participate in personal and professional development experiences.
- learn from the premier athena international leadership model.
become a keyes-barber-benedict scholar at olivet college
the keyes-barber-benedict (kbb) scholars program is open to all incoming freshmen and transfer students who identify as women and earned a 3.0 or higher gpa. in addition to completing their olivet college application, qualified students are asked to complete a secondary kbb application. kbb scholar candidates will then be contacted by the women’s leadership institute coordinator, jamilia johnson, regarding their application.
email jamilia johnson
in her role the olivet college women’s leadership institute coordinator, jamilia aims to guide young women in their journey of personal growth and leadership development. in addition, jamilia works directly with our women’s leadership institute keyes-baber-benedict scholars program, a vibrant and engaging women’s leadership program that provides educational and personal growth opportunities for its members. jamilia holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and is passionate about working with students on their journey to self-discovery and professional advancement.
as a woman undergraduate student in a traditionally male dominated stem field, i have had the opportunity to develop confidence within my profession. as a first generation college student, i value the importance of opportunity for all. my passion is to help young women find their voice, develop their leadership qualities, and make valuable connections that will support them in their studies and post-graduation. the olivet college women’s leadership institute helps young women build self-confidence, and creates a safe space for members to learn about themselves while learning from each other, and i am grateful to be a part of it.